Tate Williams

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Best Music of 2016!

What a year, what a year of music. There were drone attacks, midnight surprise drops, the 1990s, earthquakes, tsunamis, low-flying panic attacks. [...]

December 30, 2016 Arts & Culture, Uncategorized
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The Troubling Oil Money Behind Dartmouth’s New Energy Institute

To create a new institute focused on society’s pressing energy problems, Dartmouth has accepted $80 million from a powerful oil family surrounded by controversy. Such a gift seriously undermines the credibility of such an institute. [...]

September 23, 2016 Science & Environment
Ocular prostheses are made for a social programme benefiting those unable to afford one, in Cancun March 6, 2015. Specialist Doctors for Maxillofacial Prosthetics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Autonomous University of Campeche in conjunction with the System for Integral Family Development Cancun, as part of the programme, treated more than 100 people with various visual impairments. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY) - RTR4SDZB

The Prosthetic Eyeball Is a Work of Art

Originally published at TheAtlantic.com. Making a realistic eye takes more than technical skill: an Object Lesson. The eye is about the size of a quarter, resting gently in Kurt Jahrling’s hand as he adds faint washes of yellow and blue to [...]

July 16, 2016 Arts & Culture
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Can Philanthropy Spur the Massive Climate Finance the Developing World Needs?

There’s perhaps no bigger climate-related challenge than the trillions in clean energy and sustainability investments needed in developing countries. How can private philanthropy possibly make a dent? [...]

June 10, 2016 Science & Environment
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‘Extremes Are Becoming the Norm.’ Why Water is the Next Big Issue For Philanthropy

There’s perhaps no bigger climate-related challenge than the trillions in clean energy and sustainability investments needed in developing countries. How can private philanthropy possibly make a dent?  [...]

May 9, 2016 Science & Environment
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Tom Steyer’s Climate Fight Marches On, But Will Young People Follow?

Tom Steyer is in the climate fight for the long haul. His NextGen Climate is emphasizing people power in 2016, raising the question—will young people rally behind a billionaire donor? [...]

April 28, 2016 Science & Environment
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The Goldman Winners Are Inspiring—Too Bad Such Bold and Diverse Work is Underfunded

The exciting work of the Goldman Prize winners should be an eye-opener to environmental funders. They reflect a level of diversity and grassroots activism in marginalized communities that is sadly lacking in green philanthropy. [...]

April 21, 2016 Science & Environment
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Interstellar Philanthropy: A $100M Mission to Alpha Centauri

Firing thousands of tiny spacecraft traveling 20 percent of the speed of light to Alpha Centauri using a massive laser beam is an astounding mission proposal. But Yuri Milner’s latest privately funded science initiative also ventures into some new frontiers [...]

April 13, 2016 Science & Environment
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Harnessing the Knowledge of Plants, Online

Originally published in American Forests Magazine Winter/Spring 2016 issue.  [...]

March 4, 2016 Science & Environment
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What Exactly is Christmas Tree Flocking?

Originally published at Mental Floss on Christmas morning 2015. Of the many curious holiday traditions (figgy pudding? wassailing?), one of the oddest has to be spraying down small trees with a mixture of adhesive and cellulose fibers to satisfy our longing [...]

March 4, 2016 Arts & Culture