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Travis Andrews

Travis M. Andrews is a journalist based in Washington, D.C., and New Orleans. He has written for Time, The Atlantic, Salon, Washingtonian Magazine and The Times-Picayune. He's a regular arts contributor for The Washington Post Express. When he was younger, he wrote on his mother's walls. She was displeased. For more about Travis, please visit

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I've long been jealous of Kansas City (it has more fountains than any other city besides Rome!), and my reasons for jealousy have grown: Google is finally ready to install "thousands of miles of" fiber optic cable between the two Kansas Cities as part of its Google Fiber network. This means faster Internet speeds, which is even more important in our post-SOPA world (a whole two weeks later).
Nowhere does there exist such a disparity in function as there does between the different kids of smartphone apps. They can be used to save your buns from driving too drunk, and now they can be used to shoot people. Of course. Laser tag for our post-laser age, the Xappr or Micro-Zappr Gun can attach to your smartphone and turn any place into a battlefield, at any time.
You may have heard, but there are some folks out there who aren't too pleased with all the plastic we have in clogging our landfills and killing our wildlife. Luckily, now all these anti-our-giant-and-oh-so-necessary-3-friggin'-liter-bottles-of-sugar-water might be able to throw a party replete with tofu cubes and spring rolls: a mushroom has been found in the Amazon that might simply eat it all. Yep.
There's an old saying that sometimes, the person you know least is yourself. And this is certainly true when it comes to the proteins that build the human body, as scientists know the shape of less than two percent of them. Fear not, some researchers have finally found a non-destructive method for imaging single proteins (and did so, with ferritin).