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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 …

To Be Ourselves

Science & Technology, Feb 27 2015

by Wilson Cusack

“I founded 4chan eleven and a half years ago at the age of 15, and after more than a decade and …

Bacteria[s] R Us

Science & Technology, Feb 13 2015

by Camera Ford

Last week, a new study delivered confirmation of something that many of us had suspected for decades: the New York City …

The New Obvious Choice

Science & Technology, Feb 06 2015

by WIlson Cusack

Every June, 1500 interns arrive in Mountain View, California to begin their highly coveted summer internships at Google. They represent approximately …

Tastes Like Chicken

Sizing Up Alternative Meats

Science & Technology, Jan 30 2015

by Jamie Packs

Although we live in a culture replete with red paint on fur coats, images of warehouses crammed with livestock, and non-stop …

Notes on Connection

Science & Technology, Dec 05 2014

by Patrick McMenamin

Technology—and more relevantly, those who make/use it—very much wants to work within a language of disruption. Tech has always defined breaks …

Genetic Poetics

Christian Bök gets experimental

Science & Technology, Dec 05 2014

by Jamie Packs

“The word is now a virus” —William S. Burroughs Something deeply radical is pulsating under poet Christian Bök’s seemingly normal exterior, …

Iron and Fields

A journey to the inside of the earth

Science & Technology, Nov 21 2014

by Camera Ford

The earth can seem impenetrable, unexplainable, whether you are flipping through the pages of an earth science textbook or staring up …

Cyborgs in the Club

Arca and the digital boundary

Science & Technology, Nov 21 2014

by Malcolm Drenttel

On November 1, Venezuelan electronic musician Arca released his debut album Xen, named for Arca’s alter ego, a genderless—though feminine—figure whom …

Bigger Than You Can Imagine

Paranoia and privacy law

Science & Technology, Nov 14 2014

by Patrick McMenamin

Big Data. Admittedly, it’s a great phrase, encapsulating every bigger-better progress narrative in a tight trisyllabic punch. As a term, it …

Intimate Strangers

Growing up on Internet forums

Science & Technology, Nov 14 2014

by Connor McGuigan

This is the most famous post in the history of Internet forums. On July 14 2004, a user registered as “lonely” …

Accidental Greatness

How some of the world’s most famous discoveries started with mistakes

Science & Technology, Nov 14 2014

by Elena Suglia

In 1879, chemist Constantin Fahlberg came home from a long day of experimenting with coal tar. Upon sitting down to eat, …

Meditations on Fusion

Science & Technology, Oct 24 2014

by Katherine Long

"Music is like a drug; whoever acquires the habit can no longer devote himself to important activities. We must eliminate music …

Towards a Greener Future

The environmental impact of cannabis cultivation

Science & Technology, Oct 03 2014

by Jamie Packs

A pair of sultry eyes sunken into a frighteningly unblemished face appeared on the screen. Beneath a wisp of smoke ascending …

Pushing Back Silence

Science & Technology, Sep 19 2014

by Stephanie Hayes

“Imagine a world where we never again hear the symphonic startup of a Windows 95 machine. And when the entire world …

A History of Violence

Science & Technology, Sep 19 2014

by Connor McGuigan

The Australian shark cull and the plight of apex predators “As long as Homo sapiens has been sapient... alpha predators have …

Ghosts in the Machine

The sounds of the digital archive

Science & Technology, Sep 19 2014

by Patrick McMenamin

How can a body connect with the Internet? Think of how each sense wouldconceive of the Internet. It’s harder than you …