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Astrophotograhy
11:39 am
Thu May 12, 2011

The night sky in 37,440 exposures

Nick Risinger in Seattle with the rack of six synchronized astrophotography cameras he used to create the photograph on the wall behind him, which shows the entire night sky in a single composite image, made up of more than 37,000 exposures.
Ted S. Warren AP

Nick Risinger has always gazed up at the sky. But last year the amateur astronomer and photographer quit his day job as a Seattle marketing director and lugged six synchronized cameras about 60,000 miles to capture an image of the entire night sky.

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HUMANOSPHERE
11:17 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Guest post: Why are all these white folks deciding what Africa needs?

Nigerian Kunle Oguneye, a former tech worker and current children's author decries the lack of diversity in the global health and development community.

This is a guest Humanosphere post from Kunle Oguneye, president of the Seattle chapter of The African Network, a Nigerian and former tech worker who now writes children’s books (which should, I hope, explain the photo).

Oguneye wrote me to suggest that Humanosphere tends to suffer from the same bias, or lack of diversity and perspective, that afflicts much of the local global health and development community.

Here’s what he says:

Law
10:00 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Medical marijuana legislation gets another shot

Brian Pfister, owner of Green Health, which operates four medical marijuana dispensaries in western Washington, displays a shirt that reads "Washington, a higher state of mind," last month, outside the Capitol in Olympia.
Ted S. Warren AP

Governor Chris Gregoire says she wants all the states that allow medical marijuana to ask the federal government to reclassify the drug. She scheduled a conference call among those states Thursday. Meanwhile, a state Senate committee heard testimony Wednesday on a last ditch effort to pass an overhaul of Washington’s medical marijuana law.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:56 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Some of the students who staged a sit-in protest in the office of interim University of Washington President Phyllis Wise on Wednesday. The students are demanding the ouster from the U.W. of food supply company Sodexo, alleging worker-rights abuses.
KING5 TV

Thursday weather: Sun is back! Highs upper 50s.

In the headlines around the Northwest:

 

  • U.W. Students Arrested in Sit-In Protest Over Campus Vendor
  • Gregoire Signs Legislation to Pave Way for Federal Health Care Overhaul
  • Popular Seattle High School Principal Fired
  • Microsoft Antitrust Settlement Expires Today

 

A University of Washington sit-in to protest the food services company that supplies the concessions at UW athletic facilities has led to the arrests of about 25 students.

Protest organizer Morgan Currier says the students were cited Wednesday evening for trespassing and released.

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Higher Education
7:49 am
Thu May 12, 2011

University of Washington could train Teach for America recruits

A Teach For America corps member with her students in New York.
Jean-Christian Bourcart

The University of Washington plans to launch a program to train and certify Teach for America recruits. People who go through the program would start teaching after just five weeks of intensive instruction.

Teach for America expects to bring at least 35 of its recruits to Seattle and Federal Way this fall.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Bugs!

Are You Food?
HUSO Flickr

Bugs are so cute and lovable except when they’re crawling on you. Or in your food. Or the bathtub. Come to think of it the only time bugs are okay is in song, and this week’s Record Bin Roulette celebrates some of our most beloved chitinous arthropods in melody.

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Other News
7:16 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Name that snake!

The Woodland Park Zoo's new reticulated python
Ryan Hawk Woodland Park Zoo

An 8 year old male reticulated python (Python reticulatus) is settling into its new home at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. The new 100 pound snake needs a name, and you can submit your suggestion via the Zoo's facebook page through May 13 at noon. Zookeepers will select their five favorite names and fans will then vote May 17 on facebook for their top pick.

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Other News
5:30 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

President Obama's Chief Technology Officer in Seattle

University of Washington Computer Science Professor Ed Lasowska (l) interviewing his friend, Aneesh Chopra, the United States' Chief Technology Officer. Chopra keynoted the annual Technology Alliance State of Technology luncheon this week in Seattle.
Photo by Annie Laurie Malarkey Courtesy of the Technology Alliance

There are 25 assistant advisors in the White House who report directly to President Obama.  One of them is the President's Chief Technology Officer. Anish Chopra has been in Seattle this week, meeting with all kinds of players - in everything from energy and education to global health. 

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Science
2:10 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Mt. St. Helens observatory reopens Saturday with $1.6M upgrade

The Johnston Ridge Observatory near Mount St. Helens opens for the season Saturday with $1.6 million worth of new displays.
woodleywonderworks Flickr

The Johnston Ridge Observatory opens Saturday at Mount St. Helens with some new displays to tell visitors the story of the volcano's big 1980 eruption.

The Daily News of Longview reports $1.6 million worth of improvements and enhancements have been made. When the Forest Service and Mount St. Helens Institute discussed them Tuesday, the center of attention was a touch-screen kiosk.

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Law
12:05 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

New state law could help Native American families stay together

Decades after the federal government stopped taking Native American children from their homes and putting them in boarding schools, Native families still face challenges staying together.

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School of Jazz
11:24 am
Wed May 11, 2011

KPLU School of Jazz wins national education award!

KPLU School of Jazz - Volume 7 will be available beginning June 7, 2011.

KPLU has received the Service to America Award from the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) for its School of Jazz program. 

The award recognizes outstanding community service by local broadcasters.  Winners will be honored at the Celebration of Service to America Awards dinner on Monday, June 6, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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Renewable Energy
10:44 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Wind power headed for great expansion in Northwest

A wind farm in central Washington.
Alex Williams Picasa

The amount of wind power in the Northwest is likely to double – and perhaps triple– over the next 15 years. That's according to a new estimate delivered Tuesday.

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High Tech Military Hardware
9:59 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Unusual radar vessel enters Puget Sound

No, it's not a gigantic floating golf trophy. It's the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Sea-Based X-Band radar, designed to sit in the ocean and detect and track incoming ballistic missiles.
The Boeing Company

An unusual vessel headed for a Seattle shipyard could attract a lot of attention this week as it moves through Puget Sound.

It's a mobile radar station mounted on a floating oil-drilling platform.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:02 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Former Seattle P-I journalist Dorothy Parvaz, missing since April 29, reportedly has been deported from Syria to Iran.
Al Jazeera

Wednesday weather: Rain is back; highs upper 50s.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

 

  • Former P-I Journalist Deported to Iran
  • 16 new charges in 'Barefoot Bandit' case 
  • Two Children's Hospital Nurses Accused of Unprofessional Conduct
  • Family Files Suit in Death of Teen at Ft. Lewis

 

Al-Jazeera and Former Seattle Journalist Deported to Iran

A journalist and formal editorial writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has been deported to Iran after being detained in Syria, the Al Jazeera news service is reporting.

Dorothy Parvaz has been missing since she arrived in Damascus on April 29. Parvaz was working as a journalist for the Al Jazeera English network.

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Food for Thought
4:00 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Cannibal women in the avocado jungle of death!

Innocent Persea americana or fiendish snare?
Google images

I admit it! That headline has little to do with this segment but I was stumped for something socko about today's avocado green Food for Thought. Then KPLU's All Things Considered host Dave Meyer dropped by...

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