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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 …

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 …