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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.

Tiny 'Ninja Stars' Destroy Superbugs without Antibiotics — The culprit looks like two innocuous transparent hotdogs in images from an optical microscope. But these suckers, stained red to become more visible, are potentially deadly bacteria. Those hotdogs won't be long for this world. Here come the fluorescent green-tagged polymers. These tiny star-shaped structures go to work, ripping up bacteria cell walls, report Inhabitat.

World's Longest Hiking Trail Forged in Canada — Ever felt the urge to hike across Canada? No, not hitchhike but regular hike -- or bike or run or maybe even ski. You're in luck. Next year, a trans-Canada trail called the Great Trail will open, winding nonstop between Canadian coasts.

Consumer Tech Goes Up In Flames: Photos — Recalls have been issued for baby monitors with cords that could strangle infants and toddlers, but the batteries inside them can also be dangerous. In July 2016, the security system company Lorex recalled 34,000 Care 'N' Share video baby monitors. The blue lithium polymer battery inside got too hot, expanded, and popped the plastic cover off, creating a burn hazard.

Meet the World's Deadliest Surfing Spots — This week GrindTV released a roundup of lethal surfing waves around the world, and the spots are as insane as you'd expect. Frigid water, jagged rocks, sharks, monster waves and locations miles from any help apparently can't discourage surfers from trying their luck. And these waves show no mercy.

Beer, Candy Spurs Runner's Appalachian Trail Record — Ultra-runner Karl Meltzer completed the entire Appalachian Trail on Sunday in a record-breaking 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes. Meltzer, who is 48, accomplished this feat by consuming a lot of candy, bacon, beer, and ice cream. He started in Maine on Aug.

Paralympic Runners Beat Olympic Gold Time — From a distance, the visually impaired men rounding the track for the T13 Paralympic 1500-meter race might have been running in the Olympics. They jostled each other occasionally and tore along the track at top speed. If they looked super-fast, that's because they were.

World Nomad Games Not for the Faint of Heart: Photos

Super-Human Camera Sees Around Corners, Scans Books

Drone Surfing Hits the Waves — A quick grab of the tow line hanging down from overhead, a running start, a hop onto the surfboard and the new watersport was born. Drones really are everywhere, and now there's proof that a heavy-duty one can actually pull one daring surfer over the water.

Lucky College Kids to Get Burrito Drone Delivery — Lunchtime rolls around, stomachs are growling, and hungry people look up at the sky. It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a flying burrito. That's the vision from drone delivery service Project Wing, which is planning to begin testing drone delivery of burritos on the Virginia Tech campus this month.
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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 :-)

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. 

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