From GeekWire: Beer lovers, take note: University of Washington lab brews up a new way to make paper


There were pretzels and there was a guy dressed in lederhosen. But the only sign of beer at this Oktoberfest event, of sorts, was the spent grain from the brewing process that was being used to make paper. In the bowels of Bloedel Hall on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, Kurt Haunreiter runs the Paper & Bioresource Science Center in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Dressed like he was headed to tip a pint, or four, Haunreiter got in the spirit of the season last week during a demonstration of the possibilities when it comes to paper making.… Read More

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From GeekWire: ‘Halo Wars 2’ shoots for a Grammy, and a composer scores with music made for video games

Gordy Haab
It’s safe to say, film fans, that a large part of the enjoyment derived from watching movies comes from listening to them. As video games compete for attention and dollars in the overall entertainment space, they’re doing more to appeal to the conventional cinematic experience, especially when it comes to music. Thursday night at the SIFF Film Center in Seattle, music composed for the “Halo Wars 2” video game — from 343 Industries and Microsoft Studios — was showcased, along with the folks who created it. The effort was aimed at attracting the attention of Recording Academy members in the… Read More

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From GeekWire: HQ who? For HQ2.com and @HQ2, it’s business as usual — and no sign of Amazon headquarters frenzy

HQ2.com
This week we learned that if you type relentless.com into a browser window, you get a little better understanding of what type of tech giant lives in Seattle. Thanks for that, KUOW. But if you’re expecting Amazon to be as clever with its URL game when it comes to the search for its second headquarters location, well, they’re not quite there yet. At least when it comes to the obvious choices. The folks at HQ2.com are happy to tell you all about how Health Quality2 is a “leading applied health services research company that specializes in transforming healthcare data into meaningful,… Read More

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From GeekWire: Service dog rides shotgun in an Uber and woman’s photo on Twitter is worth a 5-star rating

Uber dog
Can all Ubers come with dogs from now on, please? A woman’s tweet showing a service dog riding shotgun in the Uber she hailed has turned into a viral sensation of sorts. The post by @spookygothgrama showed that she received a text alert from her driver letting her know that the dog would be in the car. She replied, “That sounds great.” The next image shows the small dog resting its head on the seat and looking into the back of the car. (Insert “squee” noise here.) This. Is the best uber. pic.twitter.com/4hlDw8E5t9 — Southern Shawty (@Spookygothgrama) October 19, 2017… Read More

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From GeekWire: Virtual reality takes you on a trip to Mars with NASA rover – and to alien worlds, too

Access Mars screenshot
NASA has been offering virtual-reality tours of Mars for years — but now, with Google’s help, the space agency has come up with one of the most accessible tours yet. “Access Mars” lays out a 3-D terrain for five of the spots scanned by NASA’s Curiosity rover, ranging from its landing site to the place where it’s hanging out now, more than five years later. The tour can be experienced via a desktop browser, on mobile devices as a head-tracking display seen through a Cardboard-style viewer, and on virtual-reality and augmented-reality headsets. You can jump from one spot to another, teleport… Read More

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From GeekWire: Let’s be frank: This Snap hot dog costume could turn you into a total Hallowiener

Snap hot dog costume
OK, OK, I’m sorry for that headline. But if you had to write a story about an $80 Halloween costume based on a social media hot dog filter … well, you might Snap, too. The costume, which you can really purchase on Amazon, is based on Snap Inc.’s dancing, flipping, animated, augmented reality wiener which took the internet by storm this summer. The break dancing hot dog can be affixed to any video situation, and you’d have to be a vegetarian to not find the humor in that. This is no cocktail wiener: The Amazon product description for the two-piece… Read More

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From GeekWire: Google Maps expands its interplanetary domain all the way out to Pluto

Pluto in Google Maps
If you zoom way, way out on Google Maps, you can now find your way around places like Sputnik Planum, Seville Mons, Aphrodite Terra and Damascus Sulcus. Those are destinations on Pluto, Iapetus, Venus and Enceladus, just made available for virtual exploration by the Google Maps team in cooperation with astronomical artist Björn Jónsson, NASA and the European Space Agency. The best place to start is https://www.google.com/maps/space, which will get you situated with a choice of 17 realms to explore. You can zoom in on Earth, of course, or take a spin through the International Space Station. You can also… Read More

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From GeekWire: Lego shows off its ‘Women of NASA’ toy set, without ‘Hidden Figures’ star

Lego "Women of NASA"
Seven and a half months after its selection, Lego unveiled a set of minifigures celebrating NASA women researchers and explorers, due to go on sale just in time for the holiday season. The toy set follows up on a suggestion from science writer Maia Weinstock, but one of Weinstock’s nominees wasn’t included: NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose life story figures prominently in the Oscar-nominated movie “Hidden Figures” and the book on which it was based. The four women getting the Lego treatment are: Margaret Hamilton, now 81, who developed the onboard flight software for the Apollo missions while working at… Read More

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From GeekWire: 45 years after first-ever gaming tournament, Seattle museum hosts vintage Spacewar! Olympics

vintage video game tournament
Modern video game competition has become a huge money maker, with pro players and teams battling in different e-sports and leagues and attracting giant audiences. On Thursday night at Living Computers: Museum + Labs, players are invited to compete in a tournament with a more vintage look and feel. The Intergalactic Spacewar Olympics is a 45th anniversary celebration and tournament marking the first-ever gaming tournament, which took place in 1972 when about two dozen players gathered in Palo Alto, Calif., around a DEC PDP-10 computer in Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. The players competed in Spacewar! — a space combat video… Read More

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From GeekWire: Say it together: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ is official name of new spinoff film directed by Ron Howard

Ron Howard
As production wrapped on the Star Wars spinoff film he took over mid-stream, director Ron Howard thanked the cast and crew on Tuesday and finally revealed the name of the project. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” will be the name of the movie dealing with the backstory of everyone’s favorite space smuggler. The standalone film — which reportedly doesn’t tie into the larger sci-fi saga — is said to provide details on the early days of Han Solo before he met Luke Skywalker and took on the Empire. Last year, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” followed a similar mold.… Read More

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