Who Runs the Cloud? (Aeon)
by Steven Gonzalez Monserrate
To be online is to be immaterial. But the internet is built on a physical foundation of hot, bulky servers. In many cases, the workers who keep them going rely on their physical senses, masculine bravado, and a deep dedication to their craft.
The Wonder of Speculative Biology (Varyer)
by John Paul Brammer
From cryptozoology to stories about the transformation of humanity into something new over millions of years, speculative biology uses art and science to re-envision life. For some, it can be a balm for existential dread.
Meet a Corporate Psychedelic Scientist (Wired)
by John Semley
Corporations and venture capitalists are investing in the development of new psychedelic drugs. For some enthusiasts, this is nearly sacrilegious. For certain chemists, however, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.
What do Navajo Digital Resources Look Like? (Public Books)
by Rachel May
An academic librarian returning to Navajo Nation explores collaborations in language-learning resources, reclaiming films made by colonizers, and rethinking cataloging systems.
Extending the Trials of Asylum-Seekers (The Conversation)
by Tazreena Sajjad
Under international law, nations have an obligation to give refuge to asylum-seekers. Instead, some rich countries are now paying poorer ones to take in these desperate people—who may then face further dangers and human rights violations.
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