Research News
9:10 am
Sat February 11, 2012

Deconstructing Dengue: How Old Is That Mosquito?

Mosquitoes like this one can carry the virus that causes dengue fever.
James Gathany CDC Public Health Image Library

Originally published on Sat February 11, 2012 8:46 am

Scientists can spend years working on problems that at first may seem esoteric and rather pointless. For example, there's a scientist in Arizona who's trying to find a way to measure the age of wild mosquitoes.

As weird as that sounds, the work is important for what it will tell scientists about the natural history of mosquitoes. It also could have major implications for human health.

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The Two-Way
12:32 am
Sat February 11, 2012

A Purple Squirrel In Pennsylvania Provokes A Host Of Theories

The purple squirrel captured in Jersey Shore, Pa.
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Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 4:05 pm

A purple squirrel that was captured in Jersey Shore, Pa., has a bunch of people scratching their heads. The AP reports that Percy Emert and his wife, Connie, spotted the squirrel in their yard, then decided to try to lure it into a trap using some peanuts.

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KPLU Rose Drive
12:19 am
Sat February 11, 2012

Thank you for supporting the KPLU rose campaign

Thank you for supporting KPLU during the 2012 Valentine's Day Roses Campaign. Your support has been overwhelming and our campaign was a HUGE success! Roses are no longer available for purchase at KPLU, but you are welcome to renew or join as a KPLU member all year long.

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U.S./Canada border
4:12 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Selling border security map nets man prison time

 A Bellingham man has been sentenced to prison for trying to sell a map showing the location of surveillance cameras along the U.S./Canada border.

According to federal court records,  Leif Rankin planned to sell the map to drug smugglers. 

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NW Craft Brews
3:39 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

The Friday Beer: Big Time Brewery’s Whiny the Complainer

Big Time's Whiny the Complainer.
Paul Gibson

A few weeks ago we had a post about Russian River's Pliny the Elder and if you investigated the brewery you may have learned about their very limited release of Pliny the Younger. The Younger is a super hopped up version of an already hoppy beer.

Only a small amount of the Younger is brewed each year and it is yearned for by hop heads everywhere. But, it's a small batch brew and only a lucky few actually get a taste before it's all gone … and then people complain about not getting any. They kvetch that it never made it to their city or how the keg was finished in an hour.

Hence Big Time Brewery came up with its response to that unmet desire: The super hoppy Whiny the Complainer.

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Immimmigrants
2:25 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Groundbreaking at Seattle's Casa Latina

Groundbreaking at Casa Latina with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.
Monica Spain KPLU

It’s common to see day laborers waiting for jobs outside the big home improvement store. But for many in Seattle, a new community gathering space will ensure a safe haven and access to education while

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn grabbed a shovel and dug in for Casa Latina’s groundbreaking event near the Central district. 

“Maybe in other places, they think immigrants aren’t a great idea. In Seattle, you make us stronger,” McGinn said.

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Global Health
1:59 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

'Three Cups of Tea' and 'deceit' has international aid in hot spotlight

Attorneys who accuse Greg Mortenson of defrauding readers in his best-selling "Three Cups of Tea" say his case is no different from that of James Frey, who admitted on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" that he lied in his memoir "A Million Little Pieces."

That lawsuit ended in a settlement that offered refunds to buyers of the book.

The high profile fight over Mortenson’s book and questions about his work has aid agencies worried, said KPLU’s global health and development writer Tom Paulson.

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Tech news
1:33 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Germany balks at global anti-piracy agreement, echoes concerns over SOPA

Protesters, some wearing Guy Fawkes masks, take part in a demonstration in Stockholm on Saturday to protest the Swedish government's plan to ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
Fredrik Persson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 11:58 am

Germany is putting off signing an international anti-piracy accord known as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

ACTA, as the agreement is known, has been controversial for years. In many ways, it's been controversial in the same way that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been in the United States.

We reported about the accord back in 2009, but slowly it's been watered down and signed by many countries including the United States, Japan and many European countries.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:19 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Light rain falling, but can we trust those weather 'models'?

Rain and more rain ... back to normal.
Kevin Dooley Flickr

You can call it light rain or "the good rain" (after local author Tim Egan), but either way, it’s the signature of the great Northwest. And it's here through much of the weekend.

That's the forecast from KPLU expert and UW professor Cliff Mass.

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Washington State Legislature
9:22 am
Fri February 10, 2012

With gay marriage passed in Washington, it's back to budget and taxes

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 5:24 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Now that gay marriage has passed, it's back to the budget and taxes for Washington lawmakers. The 60-day session is more than halfway over. Next week will bring the February revenue forecast. Then majority Democrats plan to roll out a budget and possible tax hikes.

Gay marriage has overshadowed just about everything else in the Washington legislature. Legislative offices were deluged with calls and emails. The floor votes emotional and historic.

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