John M. Grunsfeld helps to repair and replace the power control unit on the Hubble Telescope on NASA’s third service mission. The last and final service mission was in 2009. Photo taken on 2 March 2002. From Wikimedia Commons.

Anthropocene Adjustments: Discarding the Technosphere


Dumpster Diving at the World’s Largest Particle Accelerator


The Time of Landfills

black balls hitting the water

LA’s Shade Balls: The ecological costs of plastics in water

Scaffolding set up so workers can clean inside one of the pieces of flue gas cleaning equipment, produced, Georg thinks, in Taiwan. Author’s photo.

A Visit to a Waste-to-Energy Facility: Notes from central Austria’s industrial fields


CFP: Maintenance and Repair in STS


CFP: What Will an Anthropology of Maintenance and Repair Look Like? April 15

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Article alert- Undocumented migration, use wear, and the materiality of habitual suffering in the Sonoran Desert

A view of the Perungudi dump yard in Chennai. File photo from The Hindu.

Chennai Waste, Part 3: Perungudi: A fortress of trash

Thai Buddha amulet, c.1920. "This small pottery amulet has an image in relief of Somdej, a Buddhist monk and son to King Rama II, meditating on a coiled snake, and was found in a temple in Siam (Modern Thailand) in the first part of the 19th century. These are typically found snugly fitted into tiny metal frames, allowing the amulet to be worn by a worshiper. In this case, the metal frame broke off and the owner or a tinker came up with a fast and economical remedy by encasing the amulet in what looks like small scale chicken wire."

Inventive repair, or, the aesthetics of material hacks