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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 …

LEARNING FACES

The uncanny horror of deepfake videos

Science & Technology, Nov 10 2018

by Mina Rhee

“Will ‘Deepfakes’ Disrupt the Midterm Election?” reads a recent headline from Wired. Two weeks ago, the New York Times published an …

Data Democracy

Big Data and the pitfalls of targeted campaigning

Science & Technology, Nov 09 2018

by Angie Kim

At a typical phone banking meeting, volunteers cluster around a table or two. They all go to the website that hosts …

Thinking In Big History

Nick Bostrom, transhumanist visions, and the rise of macrostrategy

Science & Technology, Oct 26 2018

by Leo Stevenson

now everything is happening faster than you can think at the speed of genius at the speed of a thousand geniuses …

Follow Me on Spotify

How music informs individual and social interactions

Science & Technology, Oct 26 2018

by Kristen Whang

Scrolling through the sidebar of my Spotify, I find myself intrigued by what my friends are listening to in real time. …

Weed It and Weep

Monsanto, herbicides, and the corporatization of US agriculture

Science & Technology, Oct 19 2018

by Kayli Wren

“We’ve got to turn back 50, 60 years of the way we’re doing agriculture. But it can be done, and I …

A Recruit Reads the Fine Print

What does it mean to “change the world” in tech?

Science & Technology, Oct 19 2018

by Jessica Dai

content warning: ICE, policing Job recruiting season at universities is a special circle of hell. Each fall, tech, finance, and consulting …

War Of Performance

Spectatorship and combat in Fortnite: Battle Royale

Science & Technology, Oct 05 2018

by Miles Guggenheim

This summer, in Kazan, Russia, France’s veteran striker Antoine Griezmann stepped up to the penalty spot to score the first goal …

Forest for the Trees

"Tree mortality” and fire management in the Sierra Nevada

Science & Technology, Sep 28 2018

by Julia Rock

In March of 2017, the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a workshop in Washington D.C. titled “A Century …

Crypto Contra Central Control

Silk Road and the failed 'revolution'

Science & Technology, Sep 24 2018

by Galadriel

Within the last week, the apocalyptically-named “Crypto Crash of 2018” has reached new lows. “Crypto’s 80% Plunge Is Now Worse Than …

The Urban Landscape Re-imagined in Wood

A humble building material soars to new heights

Science & Technology, Sep 24 2018

by Giacomo Sartorelli

It is a rare and special occasion when a truly novel building material is made widely available for commercial use. The …

Urban Birding

Do e-scooters herald an electrified micro-mobility revolution?

Science & Technology, Sep 15 2018

by Lucas Smolcic Larson

On March 27, 2018, Travis VanderZanden, founder and CEO of Bird Rides Inc., released an open letter to the CEOs of …

The Human Gaze

Photography, objectivity, and the National Geographic Twins

Science & Technology, Apr 20 2018

by Soraya Ferdman

This April, National Geographic published an issue dedicated entirely to the subject of race. On the cover was a photograph of …

Social Fabrics

Connecting and crafting online

Science & Technology, Apr 20 2018

by Paige Parsons

One long string of yarn, when arranged correctly, can become any number of shapes a person could want to wear on …

In the Mind of the Mall

Consumer mazes, online and off

Science & Technology, Apr 06 2018

by Emma Kofman

I got lost trying to go see what it’s like to get lost in an American mall—the hallmark of teen movies, …

A Threatening Isolation

An evolution of attitudes toward bacteria in research and medicine

Science & Technology, Mar 23 2018

by Sam Fredericks

Alone in an agar dish, an E. coli bacterium lives just as it would in the bowels of a dog or …

Sick Days

Individualized healthcare and corporatized well-being

Science & Technology, Mar 15 2018

by Olivia Kan-Sperling

Of the many protest signs from last week written in that perfect classroom-style, magic-marker-on-cardstock lettering, more than one read: “I’d take …

Tractor Hack

The fight for the right to repair

Science & Technology, Mar 09 2018

by Julia Rock

Tom Schwarz is a farmer in Bertrand, Nebraska, where he lives on the same farm his family has owned for five …

Against the Wind

Climate discourse and its call to action

Science & Technology, Mar 02 2018

by Ted Catlin

“Providence has a troubled but productive history with the sea,” Barnaby Evans said to the attendees of the monthly Jewelry District …

Blender

Bio/digital computation and flucuations of form

Science & Technology, Feb 16 2018

by Jonah Max

I. Forest The peat bogs and flooded fens of Northern Rhode Island are rich entanglements, marshy lands where matter collides with …

A Future You Can Believe In

China and the advent of the Social Credit System

Science & Technology, Feb 09 2018

by Hal Triedman

Every internet user leaves crumbs of data behind—clicks, scrolls, advertisement views, website visits, location check-ins—a mountain of information, compounding every day. …

This is Drought

The long view of water shortage in California

Science & Technology, Feb 02 2018

by Paige Parsons

In the Kitchen Green vines grow up my backyard fence beyond my kitchen window, looking down over my neighbor’s fresh green …

Digital Drugs

mHealth and mental illness treatment

Science & Technology, Dec 01 2017

by Liz Cory

On November 13, the FDA approved Abilify MyCite, a new version of the antipsychotic drug Abilify engineered to include a sensor …

The World Under Glass

Mars, money, and matter in Arizona

Science & Technology, Nov 17 2017

by Olivia Kan-Sperling

Once upon a time in the 1980s, a Texas oil magnate, an architect, a systems theorist, and a hippie-businessman-scientist re-made the …

Without Pedestals Everything Falls in the Mud

Queer ecology as an attack on hierarchy

Science & Technology, Nov 17 2017

by Lee Pivnik

Male cuttlefish have evolved a unique reproductive behavior. During mating season, they win the eye of a female by fighting off …

Five Movies on Small Screens

Science & Technology, Nov 03 2017

by Olivia Kan-Sperling

Rear Window (1955) University Building Auditorium I saw this for class. We were supposed to think about the male gaze and …

Suspicion

Science & Technology, Oct 27 2017

by Zak Ziebell

There’s been plenty written about post-truth in the wake of last year’s presidential election, but reading commentary that doesn’t suffer from …

Broodiness, Bodies, and Becomings

A meditative exploration of the egg

Science & Technology, Oct 27 2017

by Shannon Kingsley

I. Positionality She sits hunched in the small wooden crate, feathers plumed, motionless. I slip my fingers underneath her feathers to …

Treat with Respect

Paths towards recovery in Rhode Island's opioid epidemic

Science & Technology, Oct 20 2017

by Nora Gosselin

content warning: drug-related death, addiction Say you’re locked in a room with a glass of water. The water has a small …

Solarpunk

On the aesthetics of optimism

Science & Technology, Sep 29 2017

by Liam Carpenter-Urquhart

In 1984, William Gibson published his seminal cyberpunk novel, Neuromancer. The novel was a transformative event, and not only because it …

Silk on the Brain

On biotechnology, poetry, and worms

Science & Technology, Sep 22 2017

by Paige Parsons

The domesticated silkworm, bombyx mori, has become more human than its wild counterparts: its silken cocoon inflated to be more lucrative …

Behind the Bag Ban

A look at reusing and recycling in RI environmental policy

Science & Technology, Sep 21 2017

by Ted Catlin

This past spring, two communities in Rhode Island, Newport and Middletown, banned single-use plastic bags. Both bans were passed unanimously by …

Hard Coding

DNA, digital storage, and the matter of memory

Science & Technology, Sep 15 2017

by Jonah Max

The world is beset by a global hunger for memory. SD memory cards, solid state drives, CD-ROMs, reels of magnetic tape—these …

Something's Gotta Give

The impending writers' strike and the problem with peak TV

Science & Technology, Apr 21 2017

by Noah Ezer

“West Board and East Council voted unanimously to move forward with a strike authorization vote,” begins television producer, director, and writer …

Unusual Suspects

New characters in skincare

Science & Technology, Apr 14 2017

by Fatima Husain

In the opening monologue of the 2000 film American Psycho, investment banker Patrick Bateman explains his morning skincare routine, which includes …

Chemtrails Over the State House

Objectivity and conspiracy in environmentalist discourses

Science & Technology, Apr 07 2017

by Chris Packs

“Rhode Island is a sovereign republic within the United States of America, they can’t just spray stuff in the sky over …

A Survey on Breaking Bonds

Causeries on science and environment

Science & Technology, Mar 24 2017

by Fatima Husain

Colored Collars I saw a sign from the Farm Equipment Association of Minnesota and South Dakota while browsing a gardening thread …

Solar Panel Study Guide

Science & Technology, Mar 17 2017

by Anna Bonesteel

To preface: I study painting. It’s necessary to give this small byte of background information, as I’m using an editorial voice …