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Alyssa Danigelis

Boulder, CO
Freelance Journalist — Freelance
Covers:  technology, sustainability, environment, alternative energy, food, tech-based art and design, adventure, social entrepreneurship, startups, robotics, transportation, human-computer interaction
Doesn't Cover: advertising thinly disguised as news, new versions of popular consumer electronics, complex medical news, old news from weeks or months ago

Vermont native, night owl, pro freelance journalist covering tech, science, adventure, food, design, and sustainability

Alyssa Danigelis is a professional freelance writer and editor who got started as a teenager reporting for the largest newspaper in Vermont. Her articles about Ben & Jerry's, a skate park entrepreneur, and a cigarette sales sting were featured in the Burlington Free Press.

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she edited GOOD Magazine's election-related infographics broadsheets distributed nationwide in ...

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What was your first job as a journalist?

The Burlington Free Press invited local high schoolers to report and write for a weekly Teen Page. It changed my life.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes, and not ironically. Applying for colleges back in the day required one in order to fill out all the required forms.

What does it mean to be a journalist?

To me, it means telling the story in a fair, accurate, engaging, and professional way.

Machine Detects Depression From Instagram Photos — A picture may be worth a thousand words, but with machine learning it's also worth one useful diagnosis. A new algorithm tested with volunteer Instagram users accurately detected depression markers 70 percent of the time, reports Technology Review. This is one heck of a filter.

Edible Food Wrappers Made From Milk — If you've ever peeled the protective wrapper off a store-bought cucumber to find a rotten, mushy mess, you know that plastic has its limits. Plus, all that food packaging doesn't really go away -- the waste clogs landfills. In an effort to help us kick the plastic habit, researchers from the U.S.

Luxurious Glamping Structures Pack Up Entirely — No foundation, no utilities, no problem. The luxurious outdoor structures produced by the Autonomous Tent Company don't require any of that to create an outdoorsy home away from home in the mountains. Meet the McMansion of glamping.

Russian Instagrammer Takes Riskiest Skyscraper Selfies — Her photos taken from the tops of skyscrapers look vaguely suicidal, but Russian photographer Angela Nikolau appears to know what she's doing. And she clearly has zero fear of heights. Her motto on Instagram: No limit, no control.

Mushroom-Lined Burial Suit Offers Ultimate Composting — When you're finished, the mushrooms are only getting started. These carefully selected fungi live in special burial suits for deceased humans, moving decomposition along in a greener way than cremation or chemical embalming. Although no one has actually, uh, worn the suit yet, the garment is going on display during New York Fashion Week next month.

Belly Flop World Championships Hurt So Good — Worst cooking, ugliest dog, most spectacular belly flop -- there really is a contest for everything. In Norway, belly flopping isn't a failure but the goal in an unusual contest known as dødsing. And, just as you'd imagine, the whole thing looks fun for about two seconds...and then seems incredibly painful.

BMX Pro Lands Absurd 84-Foot Backflip — Things weren't looking good for BMX pro Kevin Robinson's attempt to set a world record for longest power-assisted backflip jump. It was threatening to rain over his setup. His first try resulted in a terrifying crash landing. But K-Rob was undaunted.

Wingsuit Fliers Become Shooting Stars — Every August a meteor shower treats humanity to an amazing light show. The famous Perseid Meteor Shower is at its height mid-month, when dust from a periodic comet causes shooting stars to rain down. This year, four wingsuit fliers joined the intense spectacle, jumping from a plane above the Canary Islands with their own lights and sparks.

Dad Invents Over-the-Top Backyard Swing — Swing hard enough in the backyard, and eventually the effort will pay off with a complete loop over the top. That was the childhood dream, anyway, but British inventor Colin Furze has done it for real, reports Mail Online.

Stretchy, Transparent Game Controller Acts Like a Second Skin — It's finally happened. Our bodies can now become one with the game controller. A stretchy, skin-like controller created by materials scientists at Seoul National University promises to turn a forearm into a touchpad for gaming, playing music, and scrawling notes that appear on a computer screen.
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Aug 09, 2016

Congratulations to @JamieAmputee for your successful ascent of the Matterhorn! Much-needed good news :-)

Jul 25, 2016

Crazy power outage heading from #Boulder to #LouisvilleCO knocked out major streetlights. Mostly back on now but #yikes.

Jul 18, 2016

And in other news: While showing me the game, a #PokemonGO player captured a Pokémon rat in my apartment. Great. 

Jul 18, 2016

Wow. Glad this ended OK. Not sure I’d make it out of a lawnmower chase in one piece... 

Jul 05, 2016

RT @astroengine: Got to say that I LOVE @NASAJuno's design. Pleasing to the eye with a kinda steampunk vibe. #Juno #JunoAtJupiter

May 26, 2016

Exciting bookmark-worthy news: @DNews has a new home @Seeker! Find our stories here: 

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