Peter Rugg

Peter Rugg is a nomadic freelance writer. His stories have appeared in Vice, SB Nation, The Village Voice, SF Weekly, and Backpacker Magazine. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, and was a notable selection in "Best American Sportswriting 2012" as well as contributing to a 2015 National Magazine Award-winner.

Culture

The First World Drone Prix Finals is Where 'Tron' Meets Bad Sportscasting

$1 million is on the line for the top gun drone pilot. 

Innovation

GM Acquires Autonomous Driving Startup Cruise Automation 

The aftermarket driverless car kits could retrofit a fleet of autonomous chauffeurs. 

Culture

Sure, We Think Robots Will Take More Jobs, but They Won't Take Our Jobs

A new study shows we expect the robot revolution to hurt everyone except ourselves. 

Culture

This Man Desperately Wants You to Believe He Invented Email. (He Didn't.)

Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai has a great story and not much else. 

Gaming

Chicago's Ghostbusters: Rolling Through America's Last Pinball Machine Factory

The pinball industry still lives in Chicago. It's called Stern Pinball and it's the last business standing.

Innovation
Innovation
Culture

How Moot Went From 4Chan to Google

How Chris Poole, aka moot, went from one of the most creative and infamous sites on the web to the one everybody uses.

Innovation

Where's the Video of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket "Landing Hard"?

We saw the video last time, what's different this time?

Entertainment

John Oliver Dismantles Corruption in Special Districts, aka 'Ghost Governments'

"When special districts only have one job, it makes it all the more noticeable when things go wrong."

Science

An Ex-Cop on How Drug Entrepreneurs and Enthusiasts Can Spot a Narc

A former narcotics officer shares wisdom: "You can't fake a bong hit."

Innovation

JetBlue Launches No-Experience-Required Pilot Recruiting Program 

With thousands of pilots reaching mandatory retirement age, airlines need to widen the talent pool. 

Innovation

Amazon Debuts Its Alexa-Enabled Echo Dot

The voice command enabled home of the future can't come fast enough.

Entertainment

Study: Monkeys Can Mentally Drive Wheelchairs With This Brain Interface 

In the future, being paralyzed won't mean you can't move. 

Science
Culture

Identity Theft and Scam Debt Collectors Boomed in 2015

Keep tabs on your digital profile and if anybody calls demanding you pay them money -- ask for proof.

Innovation

Brazilian Police Just Arrested a Facebook Exec: It Has to Do With WhatsApp

It's not just Apple and the FBI fighting over consumer privacy.

Science
Culture
Innovation

Stealth Fighter Designed by Cadets Could Save the Air Force Millions

The light 5GAT could have all the characteristics of advanced fighter jets at a sliver of the budget.