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Chemical computer: Researchers develop programming language to control DNA molecules

Programming languages tell computers what to do, and now researchers from the University of Washington want to do the same for scientists working with chemical reactions. In what could potentially pave the way for an advanced drug delivery system or disease detector, the UW researchers have written a programming language that can control the movement… Read More

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Data hack that helps soccer clubs prevent injuries wins top prize at Sports Hack Day

A game that combines fantasy baseball and Monopoly. A project that identifies soccer teams that are suffering from missing players due to preventable injuries. A website called SuperBowlDrinkingGame.com.  Sunday’s conclusion of the first-ever Sports Hack Day certainly reinforced a simple fact: infinite opportunities exist at the crossover between sports and technology.  More than 20 groups demoed their sporty-geeky-techie apps… Read More

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Yet another 9-year-old kid wins Microsoft certification

Some 9-year-olds do pretty cool things like build a Lego set or finish a Harry Potter book. Then there’s 9-year-old whiz kid Pranav Kalya, a fourth-grader at Willow Elementary School in California, who passed the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exam in ASP.NET Framework 3.5 last weekend. Are kids these days really this brilliant, or are Microsoft’s certification tests too… Read More

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Code Monster teaches kids to crunch Javascript, builds appetite for programming

Greg Linden is a veteran software engineer and startup entrepreneur in Seattle who developed Amazon.com’s recommendation engine, started the personalized news website Findory.com and worked for Microsoft’s Live Labs, among other tech ventures and companies. He’s also a parent who wants to make sure his kids learn a little about computer programming languages. But when he… Read More

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Q&A: Meet the 15-year-old who just sold his tech startup

Our guest on the latest GeekWire Podcast was Daniil Kulchenko, the 15-year-old sophomore from Kenmore, north of Seattle, who last week announced the sale of his cloud-computing startup, Phenona, to Vancouver, B.C.-based ActiveState. We had a great time talking with him and hearing his story — including how he got into Perl programming at the age of… Read More

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UW researchers develop trick to help devices use less energy

University of Washington researchers have come up with a way to reduce energy consumption in computers and mobile devices by 50 percent or more by segmenting software code into areas that require high levels of accuracy — and therefore high levels of energy — and those that don’t. The project, dubbed Enerj, has the potential… Read More