Tate Williams

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You’re wrong about your favorite team

Sports fans may owe the referees of the world an apology. In fact, a lot of us may owe a lot of people apologies. A recent study suggests that the outrage behind a “bad call,” and the all-too-common dead certainty [...]

February 3, 2012 Science & Environment, Writing
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Paying for it

Originally posted on mrchair March 17, 2011. Within minutes of the email and website announcement of the NYT paywall details, Twitter was all aflutter. Cory Doctorow made his rote attack against all things not free and open to the public. His basic argument [...]

November 2, 2011 Arts & Culture, Blog, Science & Environment, Writing
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Spilled ink over Borders bankruptcy

Originally posted on mrchair 2/17/2011. The coincidence is not lost on me that the week I purchased a Kindle is the week Borders Books & Music — the big box version of a bookstore that I grew up on — filed [...]

November 2, 2011 Arts & Culture, Blog, Science & Environment, Writing
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 [...]

October 31, 2011 Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing
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 [...]

October 30, 2011 Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing
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 [...]

October 29, 2011 Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing
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 [...]

October 25, 2011 Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing
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 [...]

October 22, 2011 Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing
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 [...]

October 18, 2011 Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing
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Crashing Nader’s party

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 [...]

October 15, 2011 Blog, Portfolio, Potpourri, Writing