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Steampunk bleeds into industrial history at annual Watch City Festival

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One weekend a year, the steampunks come out in the streets of Waltham, and it feels like home. In the much-preserved 19th century factory town just outside Boston — with displays of linotype machines the size of refrigerators, reanimated steam engines, and clocks, lots and lots of antique clocks —you [...]

May 16, 2012 Tate Williams Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Portfolio, Writing 0

LSD helped treat alcoholism, according to analysis of 1960s trials

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The patients, almost all of them men, were checked in for alcohol abuse sometime in the late 1960s. One day, instead of the usual therapy for addiction at the time, they were each taken into a quiet room, given varying levels of explanation of what was about to happen (for [...]

March 10, 2012 Tate Williams Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing 0

It’s major surgery

It’s major surgery

Originally published in The Arizona Daily Star, 2000. Tate Williams An average patient for one Northwest Side hospital has gastrointestinal discomfort, needs immediate surgery, has a preference for standing upright and weighs upwards of 1,100 pounds. Aside from the obvious, what sets Cortaro Equine Hospital apart from every other area clinic is [...]

October 31, 2011 Tate Williams Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing 0

Cryonics firm disputes missing Ted Williams DNA

Cryonics firm disputes missing Ted Williams DNA

Originally published in the East Valley Tribune 2003. Baseball legend Ted Williams’ DNA is not missing from a Scottsdale cryonics company, and any damage to his body would be the result of regular procedures related to freezing a corpse for preservation, the company’s director said Wednesday. [...]

October 30, 2011 Tate Williams Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing 0

Stress can fool our memories, study finds

Stress can fool our memories, study finds

Originally published in The Arizona Daily Star, 2000 Tate Williams Stress muddles memories, according to a UA study that raises doubts about eyewitness testimony in criminal cases. Results of a standard word-memory experiment suggest that stress increases the likelihood that people will remember hearing words they actually did not hear. The participants [...]

October 29, 2011 Tate Williams Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing 0

Prof reaches for 5th dimension

Prof reaches for 5th dimension

Originally published in The Arizona Daily Star, 2000. Tate Williams Three dimensions, most people understand. Height, width and depth. Add a fourth – time, as in three-dimensional objects moving through time. But a fifth? Scientists have thought for years that dimensions exist beyond our perception but assumed they were so far [...]

October 25, 2011 Tate Williams Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing 0

A rat’s tale

A rat’s tale

Originally published in The Arizona Daily Star, 2000. Research scientists are using middens – material encased in ancient rodent urine – to chart thousands of years of climate evolution Tate Williams Local researchers have compiled a detailed 22,000-year history of climate change in one of the world’s driest deserts by [...]

October 22, 2011 Tate Williams Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing 0

Mission to Jupiter

Mission to Jupiter

Originally published in The Arizona Daily Star, 2000. Tucsonans to lead 2 probes’ photo flyby Tate Williams Tucson scientists are in charge of capturing images of Jupiter as two robotic spacecraft converge at the planet this month for the first time in history. As the veteran Galileo spacecraft spends its last [...]

October 18, 2011 Tate Williams Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing 0

Crashing Nader’s party

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Originally posted on mrchair, 4/6/2004. Fiery Portlanders lined up outside in droves, so passionate about the liberal cause that they would support it to point of sabotaging Democrats in the 04 election. Other fiery Portlanders picketed the first crowd, so passionate about that exact same liberal cause that they would protest [...]

October 15, 2011 Tate Williams Blog, Portfolio, Potpourri, Writing 0

Justice

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Originally posted on mrchair, 10/29/2007. I had to go to trial over that time I got punched in the face with the snapped off car antenna. I never thought it would come to that, and going to court over the whole stupid event seemed ridiculous. But Sara and I decided that [...]

October 14, 2011 Tate Williams Portfolio, Potpourri, Writing 0