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December 4th, 2017 by: Kelly O'Donnell

“The whole idea might seem a little strange to you”: Selling the Menstrual Cup

Technology’s Stories vol. 5, no. 4 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2017.12.04.02 PDF: O’Donnell_Whole Idea May Seem Strange In 1971, Carol Downer and Lorraine Rothman were handing out plastic specula for cervical self-exams and presenting their Del-Em menstrual extraction device as a radical menstrual alternative at the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Los Angeles.[1] Their story is often…

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December 4th, 2017 by: Mario Bianchini

Women on the Right Track: Integrating Women into the Communist Technological Utopia

Technology’s Stories vol. 5, no. 4 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2017.12.04.03 PDF: Bianchini_Women on the Right Track In 1950, the fledgling German Democratic Republic (GDR) held a small exhibition in Jena featuring a miniature town contained within a glass case, war torn Germany rebuilt in socialist splendor, train tracks its veins. So soon after the decimation of…

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August 27th, 2017 by: Nathan Kapoor

Batteries Not Included

Technology’s Stories vol. 5, no. 3 – doi: 10.15763/jou.ts.2017.08.27.01 PDF: Kapoor_Batteries Not Included In 1881, Professor Silvanus Thompson, a physics lecturer at the University of Bristol applauded the development of accumulators (secondary batteries) and suggested that they offered a gateway to the future of railway transportation, demolition, telephony, wind/water power utilization, and lighting.[1] For Thompson,…

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August 27th, 2017 by: Sarah Stanford-McIntyre

When Oil Was Modern

Technology’s Stories vol. 5, no. 3 – doi: 10.15763/jou.ts.2017.08.27.02 PDF: McIntyre_When Oil Was Modern President Trump’s June 2017 decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord has once again placed oil and fossil fuels in the political crosshairs.[1] A recent article in MIT’s Technology Review describes oil companies as a hindrance – representatives of a…

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August 27th, 2017 by: Abby Spinak

The Twenty-first Century Oil Encounter: Dispatches from Texas

Technology’s Stories vol. 5, no. 3 – doi: 10.15763/jou.ts.2017.08.27.04 PDF: Spinak_Twenty First Century Oil Encounter Editor’s Note: This article was written before Hurricane Harvey. Last summer’s critically-acclaimed “modern Western,” Hell or High Water, has a happy ending, of sorts. In the final scene of the film, the main character is building an extension onto his…

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