Tate Williams

Writing

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From the Industrial Revolution to Modern Housing: Adaptive Reuse of Factories in Lowell, MA

Originally published on Curbed National, April 18, 2014. |  The Boott Mills complex stretches along the Merrimack River like a fortress, a 179-year-old set of connected brick buildings that once housed roaring hydroelectric textile factories in the heart of Lowell, Mass. [...]

May 4, 2014 Arts & Culture, Portfolio
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The Week In Science Funding

A weekly digest of science and environment news, originally published on Inside Philanthropy. This week, data science, fracking and the science behind self control. [...]

April 21, 2014 Science & Environment, Uncategorized, Writing
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Uber is Driving Us to Thunderdome

Originally published at Futures Exchange. There are few things more satisfying than watching new technology and creative people conquer entrenched industries. Whether it’s Etsy, Zipcar, Airbnb, Napster, you name it. There is something deeply appealing about seeing an underdog make a [...]

March 16, 2014 Geek, Science & Environment
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Modifying Nature (Humans Included) To Save It

Originally published on Futures Exchange. | Imaginative minds are exploring some strange and audacious solutions to our worst environmental problems. [...]

December 22, 2013 Portfolio, Science & Environment
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Best Music of 2013

When I look back at my 2012 list, and how great that year in music was, it’s probably not surprising that 2013 seemed to be a year of disappointments. That’s not to say it was a year of bad music. [...]

December 22, 2013 Arts & Culture, Blog
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