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Puget Sound Ocean Acidification in Environmental News Again

Marine scientists call ocean acidification global warming’s doppelgänger, and recent studies show Pu

The Seattle Times reports today on ocean acidification research taking Puget Sound, a topic that our very own Maria Dolan tackled in last month’s issue. In honor of today’s front page ST story, here are a few photos from the magazine, including a few previously unpublished online.   Northwest Fisheries Science Laboratory biologist Paul McElhany…


How Far Will the New Electric Cars Take Us East on I-90?

We may not have jetpacks yet, but the future has arrived in the form of highway-worthy all-electric

We may not have jetpacks yet, but the future has arrived in the form of highway-worthy all-electric cars that will take you at least 100 miles on a charge. The perks of such vehicles have been well documented—decreased impact on the environment, increased energy efficiency (thanks to a lithium-ion battery), incredibly low fuel costs and…


Can You Tiger Mom a Preschooler?

Drilling a 4 Year Old on Reading and Writing is a Test of Wills

Some days, I suck at being a tiger mom. It simply requires more attention to monitoring my daughter’s work than I have time to devote. On those days when I let my daughter watch TV instead of practice writing letters and numbers, the self-flogging kicks in and, perhaps irrationally, I fret that the one, two…


Seattle’s Best Neighborhoods in 2011

Seattle’s most livable, walkable destination neighborhoods. Plus, what it costs to move in now

Neighborhoods are like family members. They all have distinct personalities. Some may evince a casually cool charm, while others have a decidedly dynamic vibe. The best offer up their own compelling mix of restaurants and retail, sundries and services, daytime and nighttime diversion options. Make no mistake. We adore Ballard Avenue. Can’t get enough of…


Local mom Hsiao-Ching Chou Sounds off on the Tiger Mom debate

Hsiao-Ching Chou joins the Tiger Mom debate on "New Day Northwest" today at KING-5 at 11 a.m.

You may have seen my response in Red Tricycle to the excerpt of Amy Chua’s “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” that appeared in the Jan. 8 Wall Street Journal. Maybe you saw my sound bite on the news the night Chua was in Seattle. And this morning I’m going to join a mommy panel…


Find the Perfect Paint for Your Home

Local paint color consultants help writer Maria Dolan get a kick out of hue.

Color consultant Renate Ruby’s discerning eyes slid past the stripes of color I’d swiped onto the entry wall of my home—kaleidoscopic evidence, in hues ranging from eye-popping saffron yellow to mealy nonwhite, of nine months of color indecision. She patted the thick white trim framing my living room—the very thing I fell in love with…

Top Doctors 2011: Otolaryngology

Diseases of the ear, nose, sinus, throat and other head and neck systems

OTOLARYNGOLOGY Paul Abson, M.D., The Everett Clinic, 3927 Rucker Ave., Everett, 425.339.5441, Providence Regional Medical Center; University of Washington, 1986; nasal and sinus surgery, thyroid and parathyroid surgery Cynthia Anonsen, M.D., Bellevue Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic, 1135 116th Ave. NE, Suite 500, Bellevue, 425.454.3938, Overlake Hospital Medical Center; University of Minnesota, 1979; head and…

How We Conducted Our Top Doctors Survey

For the first time, Seattle magazine’s Top Doctors list results from a collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a highly regarded health care research and information company that works with magazines across the country to produce similar top doctors features. Castle Connolly also is the publisher of several resource books on physicians, including America’s Top…


New Marketing at Local Hospitals and How It’s Grabbing Your Attention

Seattle hospitals and clinics are touting new facilities and programs in an effort to keep themselve

In the midst of health care reform and institutional consolidation, local hospitals and clinics are touting new facilities and programs in an effort to keep themselves current and comprehensive in the eyes of consumers. Undaunted, ELIZABETH M. ECONOMOU sifts through all the messages and provides the perspective to keep your blood pressure in check. In…

Top Docs ’10 Profiles: Sheena K. Aurora

Sheena K. Aurora, M.D.Specialty: NeurologyPractice: Swedish Headache CenterHospital affiliation: Swedish Medical CenterMedical degree: Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India How did you come to specialize in migraines?My patients chose the specialty for me. The patients I see in my clinic have chronic migraines, which afflict about 3 percent of Americans. It’s very, very common, and very…

Top Docs ’11: Adolescent Medicine

Adolescent Medicine Cora Collette Breuner, M.D., M.P.H., Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, 206.987.2028, University of Washington Medical Center; Jefferson Medical College, 1982; biofeedback, eating disorders, sports medicine Ann Giesel, M.D., Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, 206.987.2028, University of Washington Medical Center; University of Louisville School of Medicine, 1985; pediatric…

Top Docs ’11: Critical Care Medicine

Acute, life-threatening disorders

CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE Margaret Jane Neff, M.D., Harborview Medical Center, 325 Ninth Ave., 206.744.8845, University of Washington Medical Center; Stanford University, 1993; acute lung injury Originally published in July 2011  

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Publisher’s Note: The True Seattle Influencers

Forget social media. These are the real heroes.

In-flu-ence /ˈinflo͝oəns/. The power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways. An emanation of spiritual or moral force. An ethereal fluid held to flow from the stars and to affect the actions of humans. With all the attention on “influencers” on social media, I think we’ve lost the true meaning of…

Photography by Grant Hindsley

Every Car Has a Story: ‘I don’t own cars. They own me.’

Blake Siebe takes a most unusual approach to car collecting

There are two kinds of car collectors. The vast majority fit into a sort of “check box” mentality of acquiring cars anointed by others as collector worthy. In contrast, a rare category of car collectors, I might venture to say, are the true cognoscenti who discover vehicles that no one is yet appreciating. They relish in…