Science & Technology


Guerrilla Grafters: Turning Urban Streets into Orchards

by Margret Aldrich

The Guerrilla Grafters—a renegade urban gardening group in San Francisco—illegally graft branches from fruit trees onto the ornamental trees that line their city streets, transforming the boulevards into sources of free food....


Big Fish, No Limit

by Staff, Utne Reader

Low-frequency sonar has the potential to teach marine biologists a great deal about fish migration patterns—and open the commercial fishing industry to astronomical profits...


Rated M, for Mature

by Staff, Utne Reader

A video game called Warco takes away your rifle and gives you a video recorder. Don’t worry—it’s still plenty violent...


Body-Checked by a Beep

by Aaron Lake Smith, from Biopsy

We are chained to our love of “being in touch”...


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Discover Your Meta-Identity by Twitterfying Yourself

by Will Wlizlo

All of those 140-character messages add up to something: a shockingly telling portrait of yourself...


Nukes Are for Kids

by Staff, Utne Reader

The nuclear industry is ensuring schoolchildren learn the ABCs of their radioactive future...


The Measured Life

by Emily Singer, from Technology Review

Vital self-tracking devices promise to make us healthier (and more self-obsessed)...


Coming Soon to a Planet Near You: Asteroids

by Will Wlizlo

Impact Earth! is like a mash-up between Angry Birds and Armageddon, a program that allows you to tweak the size, makeup, velocity, and impact site of an asteroid and volley it toward our unsuspecting, defenseless planet...