Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Jan. 14, 2018

Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Jan. 14, 2018. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on GeekWire Amazon narrows HQ2 search to 20 cities, moving to next phase in contest for $5B economic prize Amazon has selected 20 cities to move to the next phase in its HQ2 selection process, the latest twist in an unprecedented headquarters search that has turned into a national curiosity. … Read More Ranking Amazon’s HQ2 short list: Analysis… Read More

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For new form of male birth control, scientists turn to poison arrows

Enlarge / Aim carefully. (credit: Getty | Brian Seed ) According to scientists, a poison arrow in the quiver may let loose a very sticky nether-region massacre. The poison in question has spattered from the tips of African weapons for centuries, rubbing out wild beasts and halting the hearts of warriors. But, according to a study in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, a crotch shot of an ancient toxin called “ouabain” can also take out sperm. By tweaking the poison’s chemical backbone (or scaffold), it can selectively paralyze trouser troops and prevent them from storming eggs, the authors report. The study’s authors, led by Shameem Sultana Syeda of the University… Read More

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How taxpayer money could end up paying for rich people to go to space

Golden Astronaut (Credit: Salon/Ilana Lidagoster) The past 20 years of space policy in the United States have been characterized by privatization of NASA’s functions. As entrepreneurs cast their eyes on space travel, the executive branch was more than willing to comply by privatizing large swaths of the beloved space agency, allowing companies to get rich off of government contracts. George W. Bush’s renewed “vision” for space exploration occurred right at the moment in history when commercial space travel became more attainable. Indeed, until 2004, private space travel in the U.S. was illegal. This was followed by NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which led NASA to invest in multiple American companies to… Read More

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Should we consider adolescence to last until age 24?

Thinking of adolescence as lasting until age 24 “corresponds more closely” to how the lives of young people today work, writes an expert in adolescent health. Compared to earlier generations, youth today are staying in school longer, marrying and having kids later, and buying a house later, writes Susan Sawyer, the chair of adolescent health at the University of Melbourne, in an op-ed published today in the journal The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. The transition period from childhood to adulthood lasts far beyond age 19, when it is popularly thought to end. As a result, she writes, we should change our policies and services to better serve this population.… Read More

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The biggest hit song the year you were born

Each year, one song taps into the hearts and ears of the public on its way to topping the Billboard year-end song chart. Times have changed, though. While rap and R&B have dominated in the 2000s and 2010s, the early days of the chart saw an eclectic mix of hits at the top, including multiple entries from acts like The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Billboard has been tracking the top song of each year since 1946. Business Insider compiled each hit below so you can see, and hear, which song was the soundtrack of your birth year (so long as you’re between the ages of 1 and 71). Check out… Read More

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