ALEX PASTERNACK

Motherboard

The Underground New Year's Party a Century in the Making

The Second Avenue Subway represented another inversion of your typical subway experience: a shining example of government doing something big and cool and modern.
ALEX PASTERNACK
1.5.17
The Crown and Sceptre Issue

Plutonium in the Hills: How Do You Keep Nuclear Secrets Buried Forever?

Decades after the fall of Soviet Union, scientists are working to determine the lasting environmental effects of Soviet nuclear testing in Kazakhstan.
ALEX PASTERNACK
11.2.15
tech

Toyo Ito's Biggest Building: A Stadium That's Secretly a Solar Power Plant

2013 Pritzker Prize winner Toyo Ito began his career with luminous and transparent houses in his native Japan. But a sports stadium put him on the map.
ALEX PASTERNACK
3.18.13
News

A Meteor Exploded Above Russia This Morning

While the world waits for an asteroid to graze the orbits of our television satellites, citizens of Central Russia were greeted this morning by a more mortality-shaking kind of astronomical event: A giant meteorite exploded across the atmosphere.
ALEX PASTERNACK
2.15.13
tech

Impossible Is Dead

Aleksey Vayner, the Yale graduate who garnered the internet's mistrust for a video résumé he made called “Impossible is Nothing,” has died at the age of 29. According to IvyGate, the website that first reported on his fabrications in 2006, the cause of...
ALEX PASTERNACK
1.25.13
Sports

Was Lance Armstrong Taking Jerk-Enhancing Drugs?

The interview that Lance Armstrong gave to Oprah Winfrey was a masterful slice of a never-ending sports-fabulism spectacle, and while it made for good TV at times, it was also nearly infuriating to watch.
ALEX PASTERNACK
1.20.13
tech

Censorship Protests Are Erupting in China Because No One Likes to Drink Toxic Chemicals

Last week, nine tons of aniline, a toxic chemical, poisoned Changzhi's water supply. After citizens took to the web to demand an explanation for why they hadn't been informed of the leak, Beijing started to clamp down on free speech.
ALEX PASTERNACK
1.10.13
tech

'Zero Dark Thirty': Interrogating Reality

The "problem" with "Zero Dark Thirty"'s portrayal of torture isn't the portrayal itself, but what it represents. Even though waterboarding is now prohibited, that hasn't diminished its value for some in government. To assume torture is a thing of the...
ALEX PASTERNACK
1.8.13
tech

If WiFi Is Water, Electricity Is Fire

In Hurricane Sandy's wake, blacked-out New York City's biggest charging station was like a 21st Century bonfire.
ALEX PASTERNACK
11.1.12
tech

The Kremlin Wants to Keep Kids Off Wi-Fi

Just who would be responsible for keeping young people off Wi-Fi – the service providers or owners of businesses – is unclear, especially in cities like Moscow, where the government has already begun a plan that would seem utterly at odds with this...
ALEX PASTERNACK
10.10.12
tech

"i" Is for Interns

A report in the Shanghai Daily says that hundreds of students in the city of Huai’an were recently forced to help fulfill iPhone 5 orders.
ALEX PASTERNACK
9.8.12
tech

YouTube, We Have a Problem

NASA’s livestream coverage of the Curiosity rover’s landing on Mars was practically as flawless as the landing itself, a refreshing alternative to all that troubled Olympics coverage. All that can stop the Curiosity rover now are Martians—and weird...
ALEX PASTERNACK
8.6.12
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