Scott Carney

Month: December 2018

Spider Man

Originally published in Wired Jaimie Mantzel takes self-reliance very, very seriously. The reclusive inventor constructed a workshop from scratch in the rugged backwoods of Vermont, cutting logs into road boards with a homemade band saw. The purpose of that workshop? To build—on his own—a 12-foot-high spiderlike walking robot capable of carrying a human pilot. It’s …

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Fire in the Hole

by Jason Miklian and Scott Carney Originally published in Foreign Policy Sept/Oct 2010 The richest iron mine in India was guarded by 16 men, armed with Army-issued, self-loading rifles and dressed in camouflage fatigues. Only eight survived the night of Feb. 9, 2006, when a crack team of Maoist insurgents cut the power to the …

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Meet the Parents

Meet the Parents Originally published in Mother Jones. This piece just won the Payne Award for Ethics Journalism. Read more about why here [1]. Listen to an interview with the author [2]. After hours hunched behind the wheel of a rented Kia, flying past cornfields and small-town churches, I’m parked on a Midwestern street, trying not to …

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Red Markets

Originally published in Wired. Is the human body sacred? Or is it a commodity ready to be chopped up and exposed to the forces of supply and demand? The answer is a matter of perspective. Our own body is a temple. But when we need a spare part, suddenly we’re surprisingly open to a transaction. …

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Cutthroat Capitalism

(originally published in Wired) see the full data-driven story by clicking the link above. This isn’t a story that can be told in words. It has to be seen. The rough  f i s h e r m e n of the so-called somali coast guard are unrepentant criminals, yes, but they’re more than that. they’re …

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