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Science

Bringing the Truth to Light

Navigating sexual assault in the national parks

Science & Technology, Mar 10 2017

by Keven Griffen

In January 2017, Badlands National Park released a series of tweets that rocketed the National Parks Service to the center of …

All Fun and Games

Embodiment, empathy, and combat in e-sports

Science & Technology, Mar 03 2017

by William Samosir

Upton, New York, 1958. Engineer physicist William Higinbotham repurposes one of Brookhaven Laboratory’s military computers, giving birth to the first video …

Caring for the Degenerating Brain

Barriers to addressing Alzheimer’s disease in Rhode Island

Science & Technology, Feb 17 2017

by Liz Cory & Anna Xu

In 1994, former president Ronald Reagan was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a neurodegenerative disease characterized by memory and language impairments that …

Growing Up

Vertical Farming from top to bottom

Science & Technology, Feb 10 2017

by Malcolm Drenttel

The farms of tomorrow will be food-factories built in skyscrapers. Plants will be grown, layer upon layer, with assembly-line efficiency. Sensors …

Skeletons in the Water

The health of Earth's oceans

Science & Technology, Feb 03 2017

by Fatima Husain

Earth’s oceans are much like human bodies. In the quest to maintain homeostasis, our bodies and oceans strive to resolve any …

Know Your Earth

The Necessity of Earth Science Literacy: Two Perspectives

Science & Technology, Dec 04 2016

by Fatima Husain & Christopher Monschauer

In the weeks following the election, a few subjects have generated more interest than others, such as a purported Muslim registry …

Corrupted Installation

Protecting privacy under the 45th president

Science & Technology, Nov 18 2016

by Jonah Max

When Donald J. Trump assumes the presidency on January 20, he will be stepping into an office whose powers have swelled …

Forward Thinking

Inclusion and diversity in STEM

Science & Technology, Nov 11 2016

by AS & PH

The practice of science is not only analytical, it is subjective, emotional, and creative. Our approach to science is influenced by …

Little Lost Robot

Science & Technology, Nov 04 2016

by Charlie Windolf

The mood was subdued at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence’s 1984 annual gathering. By that year, the field …

Simple Properties

Science & Technology, Oct 28 2016

by Alec Mapes-Frances

A favorite bookstore has been marked “Permanently closed.” The taco place on the corner has a new photo. The geo-locational marker …

The Grass Isn't Greener

Science & Technology, Oct 28 2016

by Raina Wellman

Fertilized, chemically manipulated, frequently mowed, regularly watered and generally adored, the lawn and its upkeep are sites and sources of both …

From Science to Society

A word with Michelle Nijhuis

Science & Technology, Oct 21 2016

by Eve Zelickson

Michelle Nijhuis is an award-winning science journalist whose pieces, which have been featured in the New Yorker and National Geographic, offer …

Changing Our Skies

Atmospheric geoengineering and the future

Science & Technology, Sep 30 2016

by Fatima Husain

Pollution sunsets, with their exquisite range of reds, may soon be intentionally created. As humans continue to influence the climate of …

Close Listening

Privacy, Security, and an Open Records Requet

Science & Technology, Sep 23 2016

by Jonah Max

During an immobilizing snowstorm in 2014, residents of Johnston, Rhode Island could watch through their foggy windows as military-grade Humvees drove …

A Tough Pill to Swallow

Big Pharma and the brand name bubble

Science & Technology, Sep 16 2016

by Dolma Ombadykow

At the end of August, the pharmaceutical company Mylan made headlines for raising the cost of the EpiPen to over $300. …

Cognates

Romantic forays into comparative linguistics

Science & Technology, Apr 29 2016

by Marcelo Rivera-Figueroa

Español Spanish is my mother tongue (la lengua de mi madre). She tried to teach me when I was young with …

STEM Sells

Pinkification in Science Marketing

Science & Technology, Apr 22 2016

by Eve Zelickson

Tim Hunt, the English biochemist who won the 2001 Nobel Prize in physiology, stood in front of a room packed with …

Getting In Touch With Your Body

Going Beyond Numbers, Diets, and Standards

Science & Technology, Apr 22 2016

by Anna Xu

Mainstream US society is obsessed with thinness and perfection. In magazines, newspapers, and television, models are regularly photoshopped down to size …

Get With the Program

Coding: the new global language?

Science & Technology, Apr 08 2016

by Liz Cory

What’s in a name? Most schools in the United States only offer computer science courses as electives, if at all. This …

And How Does That Make You Feel?

On AI and Mental Health Care

Science & Technology, Mar 18 2016

by Joseph Frankel

The word “therapy” might evoke some archaic characters and images: the patient lying on a leather couch, the older male therapist …

The Lab

A Story of Compression

Science & Technology, Mar 11 2016

by Fatima Husain

The glass wool flies towards the vacuum in the back of the fume hood in futility—a constant regular nuisance caused by …

How's My Driving?

Science & Technology, Mar 04 2016

by Julian Fox

I remember the feeling of driving a car for the first time. The freedom I felt, most likely ingrained in me …

Is it the Canvas or the Painter?

Poetry's Machine Age

Science & Technology, Feb 12 2016

by Kamille Johnson

This anatomy Of extraordinary names Where did it come from? The poem is not what you think. This haiku was crafted …

Ascent

Watching Scientific Interests Grow Over Time

Science & Technology, Feb 05 2016

by Fatima Husain

Yellow petals surprise the curious amidst the sea of Kentucky Blue. My family doesn’t quite understand why I stare out of …

When The Foam Settles

Essentialism in Tech

Science & Technology, Dec 04 2015

by Dash Elhauge & Charlie Windolf

On March 11, 2011, a 71-year-old fisherman named Morihisa Kanouya stood on a small hill in Ukedo, Japan. In the distance, …

The Perfect Bubble

The Polynomial Guide to the Universe

Science & Technology, Nov 13 2015

by Dash Elhauge & Charlie Windolf

Everyday, I cut through the alleyway off Angell and Thayer street. There’s a dumpster, there. On a good day, whatever’s left …

Forgotten Worlds

Neglect and Fragility at the Ends of the Earth

Science & Technology, Nov 06 2015

by Camera Ford

Drifting Seaward Somewhere out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is a giant floating garbage patch. But garbage continent might …

You've Got Learning

Education Turns to Technology

Science & Technology, Oct 30 2015

by Liz Cory

Every day at 8:45 AM, Village Green Virtual’s 210 students walk through the lobby and scan their IDs on the wall …

The Edible Complex

Paths to the Ultimate Mushroom

Science & Technology, Oct 23 2015

by Mickey Zaslavsky

Under the brush, a golden-red cap glints. Trembling, I push back the undergrowth and gasp. I then gingerly pull out the …

Beyond Our Fingers

The Hidden Beauty of Recursive Computing

Science & Technology, Oct 02 2015

by Dash Elhauge

When I was four, I snuck into my mother’s bedroom and flicked the switch by her makeup desk. Big filaments blazed …

Barely Legal

The Volatile Chemistry of Synthetic Drugs

Science & Technology, Sep 25 2015

by Camera Ford

When the video starts, the woman is already on the ground. She is lying on her stomach next to the open …

Runt in Orbit

Pluto and Humanity Do the Long Distance Thing

Science & Technology, Sep 18 2015

by Lance Gloss

The interplanetary space probe New Horizons arrived this July in the Pluto system, marking both a new milestone for astronomy and …

ASCII ME Another

How to Text Better

Science & Technology, Sep 18 2015

by Erin West

On October 6, 1960, the American Standards Association (ASA) inaugurated the mysterious “X3” committee; a group tasked with determining the standard …

ASCII Me Another

In Pursuit of Perfect Punctuation

Science & Technology, May 01 2015

by Erin West

On October 6, 1960, a committee from the American Standards Association (fittingly and mysteriously called the “X3” committee) drew up the …

Stuffed to the Gills

An amateur dissection of taxidermy

Science & Technology, Apr 17 2015

by Jamie Packs

Prepare the form In Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, the protagonist pulls up
to an empty motel and has an unsettling dinner with its …

EARTH LINKS

Technology, Agriculture, and the Computational Metaphor

Science & Technology, Apr 10 2015

by Lisa Borst

We conceive of the Internet mostly through metaphors. Early imaginings of a globally distributed network of information likened the nascent web’s …

The Thirst Ahead

Science & Technology, Apr 03 2015

by Camera Ford

One day in late February, the taps that carry water to São Paolo’s 20 million residents suddenly went dry. The effects …

Memoir of a Young Hacker

Science & Technology, Mar 13 2015

by Dash Elhauge

When I was 13, I wrote a piece of malicious software and put it on my mother’s computer. It took the …