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The Onus on Us

Weighing COVID-19 responsibilities between students and administration

Science & Technology, Oct 16 2020

by Gaya Gupta

“The parties are definitely different from last year,” he said. It’s hard to fit 20 people in a Providence College dorm, …

Wondrous Omens

On collecting and letting go

Science & Technology, Oct 09 2020

by Mariel Solomon

My shadow forms a resonant shell And the poet listens to his past In the shell of his body’s shadow -Maxime …

Imagining Otherwise

On making technology local

Science & Technology, Oct 02 2020

by Anonymous

There are only so many universes that concern us /In one, he isn’t dead /In another, you drink lights with your …

Beasts of Burden

The unbearable mythology of the shark

Science & Technology, Sep 25 2020

by Ella Spungen

At the age of 13, I was shown Sharkwater, a campy but gorily persuasive documentary about shark finning. Through shaky, mostly …

The Ethics of Engagement

TikTok’s bargain with community and security

Science & Technology, Sep 23 2020

by Lucas Gelfond

content warning: rape My friend Natalie veers her car into the shoulder of the road. We get out and watch her …

Doomed by Design

Unnatural disasters, from Katrina to COVID

Science & Technology, May 01 2020

by Maya Glicksman

Picture the forest from our favorite philosophical thought experiment—if a tree falls in the forest, but no one is around to …

Fire From Ashes

A conversation with sound maker Nicolás Jaar

Science & Technology, Apr 24 2020

by Alex Westfall

Collage by Alex Westfall /Photo courtesy of Nico Jaar with drawings by Somnath Bhatt A twinkling piano riff grows louder as …

Amazon Strikes

Warehouse Workers in Staten Island Inspire Walkouts Across the Country

Science & Technology, Apr 17 2020

by Bilal Memon

It is often said that in times of crisis, people and nations show their true colors. Blurry lines sharpen as the …

Documenting-in-Place

Dorothy Wordsworth, ruin-porn, and a call for sensory ethnography

Science & Technology, Apr 10 2020

by Tara Sharma

Between May of 1800 and January of 1803, while living in a cottage in England’s northwest Lake District, Dorothy Wordsworth diligently …

Buying, Selling, Being

Gen-Z Self- Advertisement on Tiktok and Depop

Science & Technology, Mar 27 2020

by Anabelle Johnston

Scrolling through TikTok is not unlike dissolving into a loop of repeating soundbites and punchlines as the definition between each video …

Flesh Without Blood

Grimes, Digital Embodiment, and the Distinction Between Live and Recorded Performance

Science & Technology, Mar 13 2020

by Andy Rickert

​ Grimes delivered her performance at The Game Awards in traditional cyberpunk fashion. Hunched over a bulky computer terminal while lasers …

Form Follows Function

How face masks as a fashion trend points to inescapable peril

Science & Technology, Mar 06 2020

by Mia Pattillo & Nick Roblee-Strauss

Overshadowed by her own sweep of the Grammys, Billie Eilish walked the red carpet this past January with the lower third …

The Leadership Function

Systematizing entrepreneurship in the university

Science & Technology, Mar 03 2020

by Izzi Olive

Meritocracy is perhaps the most embedded of our various apologies for capitalism, and so its logic is familiar enough. With it, …

Truvada Blues

PrEP and the historical transmission of AIDS

Science & Technology, Feb 15 2020

by EJL

In October of 2019, the queer publication GAYLETTER posted an Instagram advertisement depicting a shirtless DJ surrounded by neon, fuzz-bordered lettering. …

Crisis in Discourse

Science & Technology, Feb 14 2020

by Emily Rust

In recent years, China has moved up the value chain. No longer the world’s cheap factory, it has passed on the …

Mapping Capital

Urban disinvestment on the small screen

Science & Technology, Dec 06 2019

by Ella Comberg

Vince Staples’ music video “FUN!” opens on a digital rendering of the planet Earth. The camera zooms in rapidly—as many of …

Current Location

Mapping in perspective

Science & Technology, Nov 22 2019

by Alan Dean

One cloudy Friday evening in October, I’m on a bus from Providence to New York, looking out as the endless gray …

Reality Check

Psychedelics, mysticism, and the American scientific establishment

Science & Technology, Nov 15 2019

by Gemma Sack

In 1956, psychiatrist Humphry Osmond wrote to his friend and correspondent, author and philosopher Aldous Huxley: “To fall in Hell or …

God in the Dataset

Opening the black box of machine learning

Science & Technology, Nov 01 2019

by Andy Rickert

There will be no edges, but curves. -Tracy K. Smith The black box is a metaphor for a device whose inner …

Game Change

A narrative of Gamergate through the lens of games

Science & Technology, Oct 11 2019

by Miles Guggenheim

In 2014, a break-up on social media exploded into an online battleground. Here, on the planes of Facebook, Twitter, 4chan, and …

Mosquito Trap

Everything you (wish you didn’t) need to know about Triple E

Science & Technology, Oct 11 2019

by Emma Kofman

Consider this hypothetical scenario: mosquitoes carrying an infection with a 30-percent mortality rate have taken over, and you are the only …

Making Cyber Space

Antitrust and Big Tech

Science & Technology, Oct 04 2019

by Bilal Memon

Before he was the face of billionaire philanthropy, Bill Gates sat in the deposition chair of the United States District Court …

A Common Cold War

The political history of phage therapy

Science & Technology, Sep 27 2019

by Mohannad Jabrah

Mount Sinai Hospital in Brooklyn has a fungus problem. In May of 2018, a patient was admitted for abdominal surgery. He …

Seeing Through Supplements

How the vitamin industry sells health

Science & Technology, Sep 21 2019

by Jennifer Katz

Whenever I have a problem, my parents believe vitamins are the solution: “Feeling tired from classwork? “There must be an iron …

The Need For Speed

5G and the next chapter of the digital divide

Science & Technology, Sep 13 2019

by Matt Ishimaru

5G coverage in Rhode Island Scattered around the streets of Providence, clusters of gray boxes sit perched atop telephone poles and …

Beyond Rubbers

A short history of male birth control

Science & Technology, Apr 12 2019

by Jennifer Katz

When patients come to Dr. Kelly Brogan MD, a Manhattan-based holistic women’s health psychiatrist, with complaints of low libido, insomnia, unstable …

As Seen From Above

Digital archaeology in Afghanistan

Science & Technology, Apr 12 2019

by Matt Ishimaru

In a dusty, treeless valley south of Kabul, Afghanistan, the ancient walls of Mes Aynak almost blend into the surrounding earth. …

Rendering Deep Time

Science & Technology, Apr 04 2019

by Gemma Sack

“Consider the Earth’s history as the old measure of the English yard, the distance from the king’s nose to the tip …

Dogs Affixed

Pet taxidermy, cloning, and mourning

Science & Technology, Mar 22 2019

by Emma Kofman

At a business meeting, a woman walks my mom into an office and introduces her dog, Chelsea, a black-haired Chihuahua with …

Intestines, and How We Were Never Born

Science & Technology, Mar 22 2019

by Seamus Flynn

I’m five years old, waiting alone in my mom's office at the Zen Buddhist practice center she helps run. I don’t …

Power Plants

Scrutinizing the US' biofuel future

Science & Technology, Mar 15 2019

by Shannon Kingsley

In the depths of a swamp forest, the ferns are dying. Fanned bodies bowed together, these giant leaf-like forms topple and …

Modern Mind Control

Our era of addictive products

Science & Technology, Mar 08 2019

by Griffin Kao

Mind control in its various forms—hypnosis, possession, brainwashing—has captured our imaginations for centuries in literature and in film. George Orwell’s 1984 …

Beyond Screens

In conversation with Khiara Bridges and Virginia Eubanks

Science & Technology, Mar 01 2019

by Julia Rock & Lily Meyersohn

content warning: maternal death "I’m literally dying,” Lashonda Hazard posted on Facebook early last month. The otherwise-healthy, pregnant 27-year-old had visited …

Tourist Trap

Geosure tries to build a safer world—but for whom?

Science & Technology, Feb 14 2019

by Liam Greenwell

I open Geosure and the map populates with nearby scores. There’s a lot of green, implying “low risk.” One of the …

How Libraries Adapt

American public libraries and the aura of collective interface

Science & Technology, Feb 14 2019

by Miles Guggenheim

In its 2018 and 2019 budget proposals, the Trump administration attempted to cut government funding for the Institute for Museum and …

The Ex-Machina Fallacy

How randomness separates us from AI

Science & Technology, Feb 08 2019

by Griffin Kao

The screen lights up with a new text message from Scott, a professor at the University of Texas: How many legs …

Genetically Pleasing

He Jiankui, CRISPR, and the politics of the human genome

Science & Technology, Feb 01 2019

by Gemma Sack

At the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, held in Hong Kong on November 27-29, 2018, the room is buzzing …

Simulated Bodies

How virtual physicalities are changing the landscape of medical education

Science & Technology, Dec 07 2018

by Parisa Thepmankorn

Medicine is intimate. Beginning from our very first breath, most likely taken inside a hospital room under the watchful eye of …

My Finest Jacket

Reimagining the placenta’s place in our birth narrative

Science & Technology, Nov 30 2018

by Mia Pattillo

Though addressing the experience of all placenta-bearing folks, I refer to mothers in this piece using she/her pronouns for the sake …

A Black Mirror

Cognitive bias in machine learning

Science & Technology, Nov 16 2018

by Griffin Kao

“These systems are simply mirrors for a biased society,” says Dr. Jerry Kaplan, a professor at Stanford University, speaking about deep …