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Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal Alexis Madrigal is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Technology channel. He's the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. The New York Observer calls Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti. He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press). Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.
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Happy birthday, NASA! Here's what might have happened if you were never born

October 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It is a truth universally acknowledged that a popular new technology in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a government agency. And this was the problem with space travel. On this day in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration opened for business a mere two ...

'We're literally watching the Internet be rebuilt'

September 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What is the Internet? It used to be simple. If you were a regular Internet user, you used a modem to commandeer your telephone line and you called into a service provider. Once connected, you'd enter the Netscape address and Netscape's servers would send you information over the network of ...

iPhone 5? Yawn. What will the 'phone' of 2022 look like?

September 14, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The near-term future of phones is fairly well-established. The iPhone 5 was released yesterday and its similarity to every Apple phone since 2007 serves as a reminder that our current mobile devices have been sitting on the same plateau for years. Reflecting on Apple's recent product launches, author and professor ...

Moondoggle: The forgotten opposition to the Apollo Program

September 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Today, we recall the speech John F. Kennedy made 50 years ago as the beginning of a glorious and inexorable process in which the nation united behind the goal of a manned lunar landing even as the presidency swapped between parties. Time has tidied things up. Polls both by USA ...

How Google builds its maps—and what it means for the future of everything

September 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but hidden from your view. The deep map contains the logic of places: their no-left-turns and freeway on-ramps, speed limits and traffic conditions. This is the data that you're drawing from when you ...

Apple spikes drone-tracking app

August 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Danger Room reports that an app that reports drone strikes to your phone has been rejected from Apple's store for various reasons that seem to boil down to this one: Apple doesn't like it. The student-designed app simply presents existing media accounts of strikes in our open-secret war. It plots ...

Curiosity Rover busts out the telephoto lens

August 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the latest of NASA's stunning images from Mars, the Jet Propulsion Lab team released this photograph of the "layered buttes" at the base of Mt. Sharp, the Curiosity rover's eventual target terrain. The image was taken with the 100-millimeter Mastcam, and white balanced for how the rocks would look ...

Curiosity scientists select random rock on Mars to shoot with laser

August 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Meet the most boring rock in the world. It's probably basalt, an igneous rock, which makes it like many, many other rocks and pebbles all over the world. What makes it interesting is that the world in question is Mars, and this random little piece of stone happens to be ...

Video: Where the Mars Curiosity Rover is headed next

August 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow So far, most of the excitement about the Curiosity rover has sprung from its precise landing and its first surroundings, the floor of the Gale Crater. But the rover is meant to rove, and rove it will. Today, in a press briefing, Dawn Sumner, a UC Davis geologist on the ...

To model the simplest microbe in the world, you need 128 computers

July 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mycoplasma genitalium has one of the smallest genomes of any free-living organism in the world, clocking in at a mere 525 genes. That's a fraction of the size of even another bacterium like E. coli, which has 4,288 genes. M. genitalium's diminutive genome made it the first target for Stanford ...