Inspiring a new generation of justice-centered video game designers
“[Making a game for social justice] is a lot more than just showing an image of a person having to make choices in their life and pointing out how hard their life is, because that is just upholding one image of what it means to be a Black or Brown person rather than allowing for more representation or power. I don't want a Brown face in a game that has no Brown people behind it. I want to write that game.”
Seeking salvation through sketching: an artistic journey beginning in solitary confinement
Known as one of the best tattoo artists in Maine’s Department of Corrections, Pilsbury had a never-ending list of clients waiting for tattoos, for which he was often compensated with instant ramen because it is the currency of prison, a place without cash.
What’s it like to design a meal that floats?
What happens to astronauts when dinners, normally served off plates here on Earth, are instead squirted from shriveled plastic packages fitted with sphincters and tubes? When the movement and music of cooking is replaced with the injection of warm water into said packages?
Reporting on rising food insecurity, unemployment, and infection: local organizations confront American maladies
“There are so many fallouts that are going to hit the people who are always hit hardest, even harder,” says Cauble-Johnson. “The chickens have come home to roost here.”
Losing a last chance: diaries from MIT’s track and field national qualifiers
Trautner: I woke up this morning, and I wished I hadn't. For a few blissful seconds, I didn't remember what had happened. As my eyes focused on the walls of my room, the events of yesterday came rolling over me.
When the Japanese language is no longer “kawaii”
In using words chosen by those in power, language reflects a world of how the authority wants the group to be, consequently shaping the very group that uses that language.
Kenji López-Alt: The Nerd King of Internet Cooking
It seemed as though a career spent experimenting with food would be more fun than with cell cultures for López-Alt.
A cafe with coffee, cookies, and… CBD lattes?
Nestled in a cozy corner of Porter Square’s residential neighborhood, NOCA Provisions couldn’t be a more fitting environment for a slow afternoon paired with a steaming cup of coffee. Among freshly made oat parfaits, an assortment of baked goods, and a daily menu selection, what stands out are their unique lattes.
Human-scented perfume, bacteria-painted sculptures, mind-controlled sperm: art in the new era
Technology shapes the way one thinks and expresses. As the 21st century rapidly brings us closer to a world woven with the synthetic threads of artificial intelligence and automation, how will art react? This is one of many questions that fuels research-based artist, Ani Liu, in her transdisciplinary work. Her pieces encompass the intersection of aesthetics, science, design, and technology.
‘Reclaimed’: taking pride in our names and heritage
Colorful portraits of smiling MIT students wrapped around the pale limestone supports. Each photographed person carried a whiteboard with their names scrawled on, accompanied with its meaning, their pride spilling off the glossy photo-grade paper. In the stressful midst of finals week, this unexpected change of scenery came as a delightful surprise.
A family bound not by blood, but shoplifting, steals your heart
Japanese society is defined by homogeneous organization. But beneath a shell of structure pulses a harsh underworld of oppression, overwork, and exploitation. 'Shoplifters,' a film directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu, poignantly uncovers the overlooked struggles of an oddball group of people who consider one another family, despite lacking biological relation.
Teen Flynn McGarry cooks smoked sauces, elegant emulsions, and fragrant foams for dinner
At the ripe age of 11 and a half, Flynn McGarry began to host a supper club called Eureka in his mother’s dining room. He enlisted his friends to staff his dinners, but after being invited to appear on the Today Show, star on the cover for New York Times, and cook with at pop-up restaurant events with the world’s most prestigious chefs, Flynn outgrew the walls of his home.
A dish beyond imagination: Clover Food Lab’s Meatball Sandwich
Unlike the other items at Clover that celebrate plants in their natural form, the Impossible Meatball Sandwich turns the inconceivable to reality. The meatball is made using something called Impossible Meat, a vegan meat substitute.
Good music and good times, what more can you ask for?
Health food isn’t just kale juice. It’s also a juicy burger
“Our main motivation in creating the book was that we saw that undernourishment was such detriment to runners of all levels, ages and genders due to disordered eating habits that can result in all sorts of health issues like stress fractures and other injuries,” said co-author Elyse Kopecky.