Earthquake danger is high in Washington state, and officials have said for years that not enough is being done to prepare for one. The state Department of Natural Resources is asking the Legislature for $543,200 in next year’s supplemental budget to boost study of earthquake risks.
James McLurkin is best known for his work with small robots inspired by ants and bees — robots that aren’t too smart individually but that collectively can accomplish a great deal. Now a Google engineer in Seattle, he won the prestigious Lemelson-Massachusetts Institute of Technology student prize in 2003. His accomplishments landed him on PBS’s “Nova” in 2005. He’ll speak at South Puget Sound Community College on Thursday evening.
Many evacuees from wildfires that have ravaged California wine country have spent days at Red Cross shelters, where they say volunteers do their best to provide the comforts of home, but nights can still be sleepless.