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The Promise and Limits of Cities and Billionaires in Trump’s America

There’s a certain amount of comfort to be taken from living in an American city during the Trump era—that is, if you’re not thrilled with where the nation at large has lately been headed. I suspect a lot of people [...]

September 22, 2017 Science & Environment
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‘You Get Ideas.’ The Flatiron Institute is Bringing Together Computer Scientists, Biologists, and Astrophysicists

Bring leading computer scientists together with leading astrophysicists, and exciting stuff happens—complex computer simulations of galaxy formation, algorithms churning through terabytes of data collected by telescope arrays. Same thing goes for biologists, as they work with programmers to bring order [...]

September 22, 2017 Portfolio, Science & Environment
Ocular prostheses are made for a social programme benefiting those unable to afford one, in Cancun March 6, 2015. Specialist Doctors for Maxillofacial Prosthetics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Autonomous University of Campeche in conjunction with the System for Integral Family Development Cancun, as part of the programme, treated more than 100 people with various visual impairments. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY) - RTR4SDZB

The Prosthetic Eyeball Is a Work of Art

Originally published at TheAtlantic.com. Making a realistic eye takes more than technical skill: an Object Lesson. The eye is about the size of a quarter, resting gently in Kurt Jahrling’s hand as he adds faint washes of yellow and blue to [...]

July 16, 2016 Arts & Culture, Portfolio
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Harnessing the Knowledge of Plants, Online

Originally published in American Forests Magazine Winter/Spring 2016 issue.  [...]

March 4, 2016 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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Mad Scientist Club

In an otherwise unremarkable room at MIT, the published history of science fiction overflows. | Originally published in The Magazine, June 19, 2014.  [...]

September 3, 2014 Arts & Culture, Geek, Portfolio
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In the Garden Cemetery: The Revival of America’s First Urban Parks

First published in American Forests magazine spring/summer 2014. |  In the 1820s, America’s cities had a problem: People kept dying, and church burial grounds were filling up. [...]

June 16, 2014 Arts & Culture, Portfolio
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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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Is There a Punk Aesthetic?

Originally published in Souciant Magazine on December 12, 2012. The back cover and spine of Punk: An Aesthetic are almost entirely white, with a clean, black typeface. Seen from a distance on a bookshelf, it could be any modern art book. But the [...]

December 14, 2012 Arts & Culture, Geek, Portfolio, Writing