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The Grown-up Behind Girls: Showrunner Jenni Konner

The morning after Girls won Golden Globes for Outstanding Comedy Series and Lead Actress, showrunner Jenni Konner tried not to yawn too much as she sat in a daze at West Hollywood's Le Pain…
PUBLISHED: Jan. 17, 2013
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1528 words)

Titan Supercomputer: The building of a speed machine

What is expected to become the world’s fastest supercomputer has been completed. Titan, owned and operated by the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 29, 2012

Death Becomes Me

The first time I died, I was twelve years old.My friend, Peter Archambault, and I were riding our bikes on Ascension Street in Blackstone, Massachusetts, when we decided to toss our bikes over a…
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3969 words)

An Intimate Portrait Of Innovation, Risk, And Failure Through Hipstamatic's Lens

If Lucas Buick's company Hipstamatic is on the verge of bankruptcy, you couldn't tell by the dinner spread. It's mid-September and we're at the Isola restaurant in the Mondrian Soho, an expensive…
LENGTH: 32 minutes (8047 words)

How Google Builds Its Maps -- And What It Means for the Future of, Well, Everything

An exclusive look inside Ground Truth, the secretive program to build the world's best accurate maps.Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 6, 2012
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2355 words)

Genetically Modified Bugs Glow Red and Self-Destruct, but Can They Keep Away Disease?

It's a pristine spring morning on the remote tip of Big Pine Key, 30 miles north of Key West. The lone paved road is surrounded by dense brush and wetlands that give way to the Gulf of Mexico. On…
PUBLISHED: May 25, 2012
LENGTH: 3 minutes (936 words)

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Science on Ice: What It's Like to Live and Work in Antarctica

Jennifer Bogo journeys to Antarctica to report on what it's like to live and work in the frozen continent:

"Penguins are engineers. Each spring, they meticulously build nests of rock—some comically high—then take turns lying atop them for weeks. I didn't fully appreciate this until I stepped out of a zodiac onto Torgersen Island with the Birders—the only group that never changes its name. The three Birders weave among colonies of Adélie penguins, careful to steer clear of the occasional elephant seal.

"Unlike the other scientists, the Birders work outside Palmer's main lab building in a faded red tent stuffed with Clif Bars and yellow weatherproof notebooks. When they arrive at study sites, on islands near Anvers, they strip off their orange Mustang suits to reveal head-to-toe khaki. After stripping off my own Mustang suit to reveal more neon orange, I learn why: Khaki doesn't scare the birds. "
PUBLISHED: Feb. 1, 2012
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3344 words)