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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, @DNews writer, 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.

Humanoid Robot Kengoro Sweats — A bio-inspired humanoid robot that sweats like a human is pretty gross. And cool. Literally. The University of Tokyo robot, called Kengoro, can send small amounts of water through porous metal bones to prevent its numerous motors from overheating. Dissipating heat has long been a challenge for robotics researchers.

Surfing Mavericks Women's Heat — Better late than never, but we'll gladly take it. That was the general response to news that the Titans of Mavericks big wave surfing competition would finally add a women's-only division this season. Although women were invited to be alternates in the past, none of them actually surfed, Surfer Magazine reported.

Virtual Reality Scuba Diving — Real scuba diving involves far more than just putting on the mask. So it makes sense that a virtual reality simulator replicating the experience would go beyond a headset. The Amphibian VR simulator, developed by computer researcher Dhruv Jain and his team, is a full-body system that mimics a buoyant sensation and even makes your hands get colder as you "dive deeper."

Wearable Robots Rovables Climb Body — Before you swat that big insect off your shirt, might want to check to make sure it's not actually a mini robot. Meet Rovables, tiny climbing bots with magnetic wheels. These prototype wearables can crawl freely on clothing and perform all kinds of weirdly helpful tasks. And yeah, they are creepy.

Ultrasound Brain Anti-Aging — Physical therapists already use ultrasound to help some injuries heal faster. One day those treatments could be used to keep older brains sharp, even as the years go by. An accidental discovery in the lab by Australian researchers opened the door for this approach to become a reality.

Benoit Lecomte Swim Pacific Ocean — Benoit Lecomte's plan is so insane that I'm breaking my own rule. Normally I'd wait to see if he actually does swim across the Pacific Ocean next year and then tell you what happened. The thing is, this guy won't give up. Lecomte's 2017 expedition, called The Longest Swim, will be his fourth attempt at a crossing.

DeepMind AI Navigates London Underground — By combining complex computer data processing with artificial neural networks, a group of artificial intelligence researchers in London just created what could be the Jason Bourne of neural computers. Their smart hybrid learning machine can understand family trees, solve complicated puzzles and determine the best route on the London Underground - without having seen the transportation system before.

ping-pong-fm-game-music — Since ping pong isn't hard enough, a group from Seattle came up with their own game called Ping Pong FM that works almost like some twisted game of musical chairs. The whole high-tech setup requires a deft hand at the table -- and a shared taste in music.

Human Touch All You Need to Turn on Devices — Sometimes a handshake is more than a handshake. In a scene straight out of a cartoon, a woman shakes hands with another person wearing a special wristband, and just like that, her skirt lights up. This doesn't involve a hidden wire or some wireless trickery. Instead, the human body has become an electronic communication device.

Skydive 360-Degree Rainbow — Ever wondered what it's like to fly down into a rainbow from the sky? Recently skydivers jumping in New Zealand got a chance to find out, reports Rainbows appear as arcs from the ground, but every once in a while during the right conditions they show up as a perfect circle from above.
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Oct 13, 2016

Boulder I love you, but the ballot measures remind me of the SATs. No, strike that: the GREs.

Oct 04, 2016

Yes! Finally got to mention the '90s Canadian show “Due South” in a @DNews post  about the #Hyperloop of all things

Sep 20, 2016

“[T]he number of these trailblazing black women mushroomed […], revealing the mycelia of a significant groundswell." 

Sep 16, 2016

Sending good thoughts and virtual pizza to the @EurekAlertAAAS folks. They’re working hard to get their service back up. #science #news

Sep 16, 2016

"Microsoft Error Reporting quit unexpectedly.” Wish I could say it's the first time that's happened. #meta

Aug 09, 2016

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

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