SELECT ARTICLES AND ESSAYS

INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY

A Penn Vet researcher creates a system for getting pigs out of crates — and is working to re-engineer a better pig to live in it. — Fast Company (Jan. 17, 2015)

How drones could help agricultural production and decrease pesticide use, if the FAA would allow surveillance by unmanned aerial vehicles. — SmartPlanet.com (June 2, 2014)

Seattle looks at using waste heat from data centers to warm two neighborhoods. — Next City (Jan. 23, 2014)

Reading, Pa., named the most impoverished city in the U.S. in 2011, tries to encourage people to get technical degrees. — Next City (Sept. 27, 2013)

Inventors and artists play with high-tech toys at NextFab, a West Philly nerd gym. — Philadelphia City Paper (April 14, 2011)

MIT’s Media Lab creates a virtual marketplace for its virtual works of art. — The Boston Globe (July 30, 2006)

CURIOSITIES PAST AND PRESENT

On the Philadelphia waterfront in the late 19th century, an industrial plant made fertilizer from piles and piles of bones. — Hidden City Philly (March 27, 2015)

In the mid-20th century, a Philly man known as “the Radium Hound” tried to keep tabs on the radioactive element, but today others are still mopping it up. — The Magazine (Feb. 27, 2014)

A Q&A with the director of the documentary American Stag about his dredging up dirty movies from America’s basement. — Nerve.com (January 2007)

A coastal Connecticut town is home to a struggling puppet theater and its extremely rare Sicilian marionettes. — The New York Times (Jan. 23, 2005)

 ARTS AND TRAVEL

A feature about one-time graffiti artist Steve Powers and his plan to make hand-painted free signs for business owners along a commercial corridor in Philadelphia. — Philadelphia City Paper (Jan. 17, 2013)

Travel story about a West Virginia island that was the site of mysterious 19th-century political scheming. — The Washington Post (Aug. 9, 2009)

The technical challenges posed by a Philip Glass opera. — Wired.com (January 2007)

An MIT professor catalogues American mosque architecture and what it says about the American Muslim community. — The Boston Globe (Aug. 15, 2004)

A visit to a camel market outside of Cairo. — South Florida Sun-Sentinel (March 23, 2003)

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