Tate Williams

Science & Environment

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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
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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
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Activists Rally for Aaron Swartz, Moving from Sadness to Political Action

Originally published in Open Media Boston by Tate Williams (Staff), April 16, 2013 BOSTON/Dewey Square – The Boston rally to honor programmer and activist Aaron Swartz had tearful moments, but it went beyond remembrance. Supporters of Swartz’s work called for [...]

May 31, 2013 Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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End of An Era for Boston Media as Phoenix Shuts Down

Originally published in Open Media Boston by Tate Williams (Staff), Mar-15-13 BOSTON – When the Boston Phoenix announced it was shutting down Thursday afternoon—after nearly 50 years of often being at the cutting edge of alternative media—the response was a [...]

March 30, 2013 Portfolio, Potpourri, Science & Environment, Writing
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Boston Programmers Join International Push for Open Government Data

Originally published in Open Media Boston by Tate Williams (Staff), Feb-26-13 BOSTON – Hidden within the endless bytes of government data is information on everything from how corporations are influencing the votes of politicians, down to when the next bus [...]

March 15, 2013 Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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Programmers hold Aaron Swartz Memorial Hackathons worldwide

Originally published in Open Media Boston by Tate Williams (Staff), Feb-05-13 BOSTON/Kenmore Square – The reactions to the death of prominent computer programmer and activist Aaron Swartz have ranged from sadness, to calls for investigation, to fiery demands for policy [...]

February 16, 2013 Geek, Science & Environment, Writing