THE COLLEGE HILL INDEPENDENT

Science

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 …

Nearly eighty gigs of data in my head

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 …

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 …