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Three silhouettes, two of pregnant women and one of a non-pregnant woman. One image shows the pregnancy in a contrasting color showing ambiguity between pregnancy and non-pregnancy. Article

December 11th, 2016 by: Jenna Healey

Bluetooth Babies: Reproductive Technology in the Information Age

Technology’s Stories vol. 5, no. 1 – doi: 10.15763/JOU.TS.2017.4.1.02 PDF: Healey_Bluetooth Babies   At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Church & Dwight Co., the makers of First Response pregnancy and ovulation test kits, unveiled the latest and greatest innovation in the world of do-it-yourself reproductive testing: the Bluetooth-enabled pregnancy test.[1] Christened the “First Response Pregnancy…

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December 7th, 2016 by: Heather Prescott

“This is Not a Dalkon Shield”: The Renaissance of the Intrauterine Device in the United States

Technology’s Stories vol. 5, no. 1 – doi: 10.15763/JOU.TS.2017.4.1.03 PDF: Prescott_This is Not a Dalkon Shield In March of 2015, a group of Colorado lawmakers began wearing earrings shaped like intrauterine devices (IUDs) to demonstrate their endorsement of a bipartisan but controversial bill that would provide IUDs and other long-acting contraceptives for low-income women.  The…

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June 21st, 2016 by: Debjani Bhattacharya

Manufactured Landscapes: Law and Hydraulics in the Bengal Delta

Technology’s Stories vol. 4, no. 1 – doi: 10.15763/JOU.TS.2016.6.1.01 PDF: Bhattacharyya_Manufactured Landscapes The island is called Talpatty in Bangladesh and New Moore in India. Claimed by both countries, this uninhabited island is part of a water-border-complex and the flashpoint of conflict over territoriality, sovereignty, and ownership rights within a new economic regime created by the…

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June 1st, 2016 by: Scott Knowles

Deferred Maintenance: The American Disaster Multiplier

Technology’s Stories vol. 4, no. 1 – doi: 10.15763/JOU.TS.2016.6.1.02 PDF: Knowles_Deferred Maintenance Construction is a sacred rite in American life—it demonstrates vision.[1]  In the rise of suburban developments, the flow of cars on an expressway, and the glimmer of skylines it embodies democracy. At the same time, the willingness, the compulsion even, to build homes…

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June 1st, 2016 by: Vivek Kant

The Human as a System Component in Nuclear Installations: Jens Rasmussen and High-Risk Systems, 1961–1983

Technology’s Stories vol. 4, no. 1 – doi: 10.15763/JOU.TS.2016.6.1.03 PDF: Kant_Human as System Component In 1976, the Danish engineer, Jens Rasmussen[1], was well aware that his approach to studying human performance in high-risk technological contexts was breaking new ground. He commented wryly, “When entering a study of human performance in real-life tasks one rapidly finds…

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September 1st, 2015 by: Laura Ann Twagira

Interrogating the “Machine” and Women’s Things

Technology’s Stories vol. 3, no. 3 – doi: 10.15763/JOU.TS.2015.9.1.01 PDF: Twagira_Interrogating the Machine When I[1] interviewed Mariam “Mamu” Coulibaly in Kankan (Mali, West Africa) about women’s work in the early twentieth century she told me about a labor intensive cooking process that involved farming, collecting and processing spices, pounding grains, and finally combining all those…

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