Tate Williams

Science & Environment

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The Week in Science Funding: The Science of Swarms, Grassfed Beef and the Getty Curse Broken

A digest of science and environment news, originally published on Inside Philanthropy. This week, an experiment in sustainable agriculture, the math behind giant swarms of locusts, and an oil company heiress funding ocean protection. [...]

June 10, 2014 Science & Environment, Uncategorized
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New Stanford Center Using Meta-Research to Clean Up Shoddy Science

Originally published on Inside Philanthropy May 16, 2014. In 2005, epidemiologist John Ioannidis shook up the scientific community, calling out a crisis of statistical weakness in research with his paper titled “Why most published research findings are false.” [...]

May 20, 2014 Science & Environment
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The Week in Science Funding: Prepping for Doom and Scar-Free Healing

A digest of science and environment news, originally published on Inside Philanthropy. China’s new billionaires take on the pollution crisis, researchers look to a rare mouse for healing powers, and more bracing for climate change. [...]

May 13, 2014 Science & Environment, Uncategorized
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The Week in Science Funding: Fracking, Human Behavior and Prepping for Climate Change

A weekly digest of science and environment news, originally published on Inside Philanthropy. A big week for environment funding, including a family foundation battling fracking, and a Detroit-based program bracing for the impacts of climate change. [...]

May 6, 2014 Science & Environment, Uncategorized
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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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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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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