Tate Williams

Science & Environment

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Blue Ant > I started a Tumblr

I’ve been wanting to start a Tumblr about a particular topic as a hobby because I have such an overabundance of free time. Nothing was really striking me, but I’ve been reading “Zero History” by William Gibson, and I remembered, [...]

August 23, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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Where do those songs stuck in your head come from? Everywhere.

Even something as tuneless as reading a psychology research paper can get a song stuck in your head. In my case, it was “Mistaken for Strangers” by The National, which has a quirky drumbeat that is particularly sticky. It’s like, [...]

June 2, 2012 Science & Environment, Writing
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For some older immigrants, ‘the Internet is everything’

There’s a growing body of evidence that the Internet can be an empowering tool for marginalized populations, and a recent study tells some striking stories of how it’s been used by one uniquely isolated community. In the early 1990s, when [...]

May 21, 2012 Science & Environment, Writing
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Scott, Amundsen and the persistent thrill of the “Race to the End”

The story of Scott and Amundsen racing to the South Pole at the dawn of the 20th century only gains dimension as time passes. The mythical (you could say tabloid) aspects are as captivating as ever, but it’s the humanity [...]

May 17, 2012 Arts & Culture, Science & Environment, Writing
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LSD helped treat alcoholism, according to analysis of 1960s trials

The patients, almost all of them men, were checked in for alcohol abuse sometime in the late 1960s. One day, instead of the usual therapy for addiction at the time, they were each taken into a quiet room, given varying [...]

March 10, 2012 Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing
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Online daters lie on their profiles, but their hearts are in the right place

When singles sit down to create their profiles on Match.com or OkCupid, they have but a mouse and keyboard to answer a philosophically weighty question — Who am I? Not only that, but why would someone else love me? They [...]

March 5, 2012 Science & Environment, Writing
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Rare, enormous insect was hiding out on this remote island

A monstrous insect thought long-extinct has been clinging to survival on a tiny spike of volcanic rock that juts out of the Tasman Sea off the coast of Australia. Considered extinct since 1930 at its original home of Lord Howe [...]

February 29, 2012 Science & Environment, Writing
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Wealthy are more likely to cheat, lie, be jerks in traffic

People in Cadillac Escalades are more likely cut off pedestrians. Those with bigger bank accounts will lie to win cash prizes. And bejeweled fingers will steal candy from the mouths of children. Ok, so a slight exaggeration, but members of [...]

February 27, 2012 Science & Environment, Writing
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Blogger hacked his brain’s perception of time

Matt Danzico has concluded that he lived 14 hours, 43 minutes and 29 seconds more than everyone else in 2011. That’s about two-and-a-half minutes of extra perceived life each day. If you buy into the premise of the amateur self-experimentation [...]

February 16, 2012 Science & Environment, Writing
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Emails to bosses all use the same, wimpy wording

If you’re like me, maybe 70-90% of your work communication now happens over the computer, and a quick scan of past emails will probably reveal a cringe-worthy amount of repeated phrasing: sounds good, works for me, when you get a chance, [...]

February 16, 2012 Science & Environment, Writing