Tate Williams

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Rattan Palm (Calamus rotang) trunk, Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia

Blue Ant > Rattan bone grafts, or cyborg sheep with wooden legs

For all of technology’s efforts to improve upon nature, sometimes the most challenging feat is simply matching it, or even coming close. Take, for example, the endlessly versatile muscle, or the light and load-bearing bone. Imitating the latter poses a [...]

November 6, 2013 Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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Science Fiction Can Save Environmentalism

With public interest in the gutter, the green movement needs a shot of futurism | Essay originally published on Futures Exchange, via Medium, on October 22, 2013. [...]

October 31, 2013 Geek, Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing
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Arab Spring, a Literary Festival in Gaza, and the Role of Media in Revolution

Profile of Boston Palestine Film Festival artist Omar Robert Hamilton, originally published on Open Media Boston, October 24, 2013. [...]

October 31, 2013 Arts & Culture, Portfolio, Writing
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Reviews of 15 horror movies I watched this month

I was an easily scared child. [...]

October 29, 2013 Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Writing
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Brick on a String: review of The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Originally published in Souciant on August 15, 2013. | Lauren Beukes transcends genre mashup with a gut punch portrayal of violence against women. [...]

August 23, 2013 Arts & Culture, Geek, Portfolio, Writing
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Bill McKibben’s 350.org Organizes Protest and Mass Arrest at MA Power Plant

Originally published in Open Media Boston. by Tate Williams (Staff), Jul-24-13 Cambridge, Mass. – The climate movement is a unique one, longtime activist Bill McKibben told an audience in Cambridge Sunday night, because it doesn’t gain its strength from a few [...]

August 8, 2013 Potpourri, Writing
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Blue Line to Wonderland

I started a music podcast. Whenever I go downtown, a few times a week for work, I take the morning train from Forest Hills to State Street. Like most people who ride it regularly, I have a strained relationship with [...]

July 28, 2013 Blog, Blue Line
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Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Return to Cambridge City Hall to Celebrate Defeat of DOMA

Originally published in Open Media Boston. | It was right here on the steps of Cambridge City Hall, on May 17, 2004, where it all started. [...]

July 12, 2013 Portfolio, Potpourri, Writing
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Blue Ant > Tungsten and Rhenium Darts

Rhenium is the last stable element to be discovered, found in 1925, before all of the nuke-y ones. It’s extremely rare, and one of the densest of elements. It’s used in alloy form, primarily in high-tech purposes like combustion chambers, [...]

July 5, 2013 Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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Free Software: changing the world while toiling in obscurity

Originally published in Open Media Boston by Tate Williams (Staff), Mar-26-13 Cambridge, Mass. – The free software movement—based on the idea that computer programs should be available for anyone to use or modify—is in some ways at the top of [...]

June 15, 2013 Geek, Science & Environment, Writing