Tate Williams

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The New Golden Age of Urban Parks Philanthropy (And Its Controversies)

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, September 19, 2014. Private funding is pouring into parks lately, and not everyone is happy about it. Regardless, cities are putting together creative projects with massive backing from wealthy donors, and it’s not all happening [...]

September 28, 2014 Science & Environment
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Mad Scientist Club

In an otherwise unremarkable room at MIT, the published history of science fiction overflows. | Originally published in The Magazine, June 19, 2014.  [...]

September 3, 2014 Arts & Culture, Geek, Portfolio
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The ‘Fishing Expedition’ for Weird, World-Changing Materials

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, August 19, 2014. “Weird” is my own, non-technical descriptor for new quantum materials, which the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is hoping 12 researchers can cook up over the next five years. While the grantees [...]

September 3, 2014 Science & Environment
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This Week in Science Funding: Google is everywhere! Plus New Friends and Foes of Climate Change

A digest of science and environment news, originally published on Inside Philanthropy. This round, Google and more Google! Donors pick sides on climate change. Also the winners of the preeminent mathematics prize. I blog about the latest in funding for research, science education, [...]

September 3, 2014 Science & Environment
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An Ambitious Plan to Make Cities Stronger

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, July 30, 2014. The Rockefeller Foundation believes there are some core traits cities can enhance to be prepared for looming disaster, and it’s in the process of investing $100 million directly into city governments to build [...]

August 4, 2014 Science & Environment
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This Week in Science Funding: Schizophrenia and Reclaiming Rat Island

A digest of science and environment news, originally published on Inside Philanthropy. This week, eradication of rats on tropical islands, a war on animal abuse, and a historic boost to mental health research. I blog about the latest in funding for research, science [...]

August 4, 2014 Science & Environment
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A Database for Disaster

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, July 21, 2014. The Rockefeller Foundation is one of the most active funders working in the field of “resilience,” the capacity of communities to survive and adapt amid rapid change. One ongoing project it just [...]

July 21, 2014 Science & Environment, Uncategorized
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Hewlett is Spending Big to Defend EPA Carbon Limits

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy on July 18, 2014. The EPA’s proposal to slash emissions from coal plants has climate activists feeling uncharacteristically optimistic. It’s also likely going to draw more fire than the Obama administration has seen since the [...]

July 21, 2014 Science & Environment
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In Detroit, a Groundbreaking School Comes Back as Condos

Originally published at Curbed on June 18, 2014.  Due to plummeting enrollment and a troubled district, vacant school buildings—heck, just vacant buildings—are none too rare in Detroit. After 19 years of abandonment, the Nellie Leland School, however, is no longer vacant—it, as abandoned [...]

July 14, 2014 Arts & Culture
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Blue Ant > Surveillance Armor, or The Ugliest T-Shirt in the World

Surveillance is a part of how we live now, and how we respond to that runs throughout the Blue Ant trilogy. The books are laced with true developments like widespread CCTV, drone surveillance, and computer spying. Like Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, Zero History traffics in crafty ways [...]

July 4, 2014 Science & Environment