Martian Water
5:01 am
Fri October 3, 2014

At Age 21, WSU Undergrad Helps Develop Method For Hunting Water On Mars

Kellie Wall examines volcanic rock to help understand how to spot signs of water on Mars.
Washington State University

A team of scientists has come up with a way to search for water on Mars, and the person behind much of the research is a Washington State University undergraduate.

At age 19, Kellie Wall was planning to major in communications. She needed a science credit and wound up in a geology course with a professor who was a big believer in undergrads getting research experience. There, Wall learned about a project involving volcanoes and other planets.

“I was really excited about it because there was this buzzword Mars attached to it,” she said.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

No Playoffs, But Mariners End Season On High Note

Felix Hernandez waves to fans after leaving the game against the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth inning of the final game of the 2014 season Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Safeco Field. He’s said to be the front runner to win his second Cy Young Award.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Mariners may not have made the playoffs, but they made a lot of fans proud by sweeping the best team in baseball over the weekend. They did it with a stellar showing from Felix Hernandez in the final game of the season. It was a performance that could earn The King another pitching crown.

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Global Health
3:32 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Emerging History Of HIV Pandemic Sheds Light On How Infectious Diseases Spread

FILE - This April 12, 2011 electron microscope image made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows an H9 T cell, blue, infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), yellow.
AP Photo/NIAID

A Seattle scientist is helping piece together the history of the HIV pandemic, and the new findings on when and where the pandemic began are helping explain how infectious diseases go global.

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Election 2014
1:24 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

National Republican Group Puts Money Into Washington Legislative Races

Colin Fogarty

The Republican State Leadership Committee, a national Republican group with a focus on “down ballot” races, is pumping money into Washington state.

So far this year, the committee has invested more than $300,000 in the state.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

What The Pacific Wren Hears

Credit Julio Mulero

  What does the Pacific Wren hear in a song? It's a long story. What we hear as a blur of sound, the bird hears as a precise sequence of sounds, the visual equivalent of seeing a movie as a series of still pictures. That birds can hear the fine structure of song so acutely allows them to convey much information in a short sound. Pacific Wrens are found most often in closed-canopy conifer forests, nesting in cavities, usually within six feet of the ground.

Going Places
5:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Travelers Find Art, Architecture And Autonomy In Barcelona

The architect died in 1926, but the Sagrada Familia, a soaring church in Barcelona, still isn't finished.
Arstuce/Flickr

The Spanish city of Barcelona sits on the Mediterranean coast, just a couple hours’ drive from the French border. More than 1.6 million people call it home, and it’s the capital city of Catalonia, an autonomous region that, lately, has been pushing for independence from Spain.

KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says it’s also worth your time as a vacation destination.

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Seattle Public Schools
9:38 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

State Freezes Part Of Seattle's Special Ed Funding As District Takes Step To Improve

Lynne Sladky AP Photo

State education officials have raised the stakes in Seattle Public Schools' efforts to improve services for the district's most vulnerable students, recently announcing they will hold back $3 million in federal funding until the district can get its troubled special education department back on track.

On Wednesday night, the Seattle School Board members took a step toward potentially getting that funding back, hiring an outside firm to help district officials implement a plan to fix its special education offerings.

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Gun Initiatives
4:35 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

NRA Says It's 'Very Committed' To Defeating Gun Background Check Measure

M Glasgow Flickr

The National Rifle Association says it’s “very committed” to defeating a background check measure on Washington’s November ballot.

But the gun rights group says it has no plans to compete financially with the campaign in favor of Initiative 594.

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Aerospace
4:18 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Unions Want Tougher Tax Breaks That Make It Harder For Boeing To Move Jobs

In this photo taken Wednesday, May 29, 2013, a Boeing 777 jet is partially surrounded by scaffolding while being assembled at the company's production plant in Everett, Washington.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Unions representing Boeing engineers and machinists are pushing Washington state lawmakers to toughen a package of aerospace tax breaks passed last year. They’re aiming to make it harder for Boeing to move work out of state.

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Technology
3:47 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Eastern Oregon Drone Test Range Chalks Up First Flight

First test flight on Pendleton UAS range utilized an Aeryon Scout quadcopter.
Credit Peak3 Inc.

A drone test range in northeastern Oregon launched its first flight Tuesday.

A small quadcopter made two five-minute flights over a fallow wheat field outside Pendleton. Then high winds scrubbed the rest of the day’s planned testing.

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