Tate Williams

Science & Environment

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Replicating the Senate Chamber for Kids With iPads

Originally published in the Worcester Telegram May 31, 2015. BOSTON – About 100 students from Worcester’s South High Community School managed to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill Friday, and they pulled it off before lunch. [...]

May 31, 2015 Science & Environment
TAKEHARA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 24:  Two tourists sit and feed hundreds of rabbits  at Okunoshima Island on February 24, 2014 in Takehara, Japan. Okunoshima is a small island located in the Inland Sea of Japan in Hiroshima Prefecture. The Island often called Usagi Jima or "Rabbit Island" is famous for it's rabbit population that has taken over the island and become a tourist attraction with many people coming to the feed the animals and enjoy the islands tourist facilities which include a resort, six hole golf course and camping grounds. During World War II the island was used as a poison gas facility. From 1929 to 1945, the Japanese Army produced five types of poison gas on Okunoshima Island. The island was so secret that local residents were told to keep away and it was removed from area maps. Today ruins of the old forts and chemical factories can be found all across the island.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

15 Islands Overrun by Cute Animals

Originally published at Mental Floss, May 15, 2015. Strange things happen in island ecosystems, and occasionally—whether by accident, or design—a population of adorable creatures takes over. They draw tourists, can be a little spooky, and sometimes wreak havoc. But you have [...]

May 22, 2015 Science & Environment
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Where the Hell Is All the Climate Funding?

Originally published April 22, 2015 on Inside Philanthropy. A growing mountain of research suggests that climate change is likely to aggravate every problem now confronting humanity: hunger, gender inequality, ethnic conflict, unemployment—you name it. So you’d think, by now, that this [...]

April 22, 2015 Science & Environment
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Eradication Nation

Originally published in American Forests Magazine, Winter 2015. What Boston’s battle with the Asian longhorned beetle can teach us about stopping an invasive pest in its tracks. [...]

April 8, 2015 Portfolio, Science & Environment
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Asian Longhorned Beetle Trackers Hunt for Hitchhikers

Originally published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Dec. 22, 2014. UXBRIDGE — In a wooded residential area off Route 122, a team of foresters and entomologists took turns looking through a scope at a small hole in the bark of [...]

January 4, 2015 Science & Environment
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A New Golden Age of Mega Telescope Projects

Originally published on Inside Philanthropy, Dec. 18, 2014. Large, ground-based telescopes have allowed researchers to observe far-off planets and better grasp the nature of the universe. Private philanthropy has propped up these powerful stargazers throughout history, including a new wave [...]

January 4, 2015 Science & Environment
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Six Topics in Science That Scored Big in 2014

Originally published on Inside Philanthropy, Dec. 31, 2014. Science philanthropy had a bit of a moment in 2014, with some major news stories, plus a growing sense that wealthy donors are gaining influence in an area fueled by public funds. [...]

January 4, 2015 Science & Environment
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Washed Away

Beneath the water lie memories of vibrant villages. | Originally published in The Magazine, September 11, 2014. [...]

December 3, 2014 Portfolio, Science & Environment, Uncategorized
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Diller Island: Private Park Funding Gone Overboard

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, November 19, 2014. Consider for a moment that a billionaire is planning to literally reshape the shoreline of Manhattan by funding a floating island park, just a short walk from his office. Maybe, just maybe, [...]

December 3, 2014 Science & Environment
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Terminally Ill Simpsons Co-Creator is Saving Animals. By Buying Them.

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, October 24, 2014.  TV legend Sam Simon’s life has taken a tragic, but also heartwarming and kind of fascinating turn. Faced with terminal cancer, he’s giving his money away, in part by buying up captive [...]

November 3, 2014 Science & Environment