Kat Huang

Essays

Society often tells us that fitness is one-size-fits-all, that it’s about tedious, grueling workouts in the name of looking a certain way... I have fun experimenting... flowing through poses like water and wind. I feel... awe at what our bodies can do when we talk to them.
My parents go grocery shopping way more than they need to. It’s their hobby. I know others who, by necessity or by personality, treat grocery shopping as a chore to optimize. Solve the traveling salesman problem on the store layout given your desired items. Compute a monthly budget for your staples…
In my third year of high school, I decided to organize an event called Science and Us. The idea was to introduce fellow high schoolers to people in science communication and give them an opportunity to make projects explaining complex topics to the public. I did this because I realized I was…
Each screenshot asks us how we wish to embed a “subject” in context. In an age where our devices are our most personal objects, screenshots speak volumes about what matters to us. When platforms measure and nudge our every move, screenshots can make the private public, the temporary permanent.
The US’s pandemic response leaves a gaping hole that private entities, including technology companies, have scrambled to fill. The tech industry, software in particular, has the power to influence the priorities on society’s agenda — what problems are worthy of tackling, what the criteria are for…
I hear it all the time. “Once you get into the real world…” “This is intended to prepare you for the real world…” Other common phrases like “What do you want to be when you grow up?” hint at it too — the idea that as youth, we’re in something that’s somehow not reality, and that at any given time…
Discord isn’t just for gamers. Teens are creating personal Discord servers for chatting with their friends, fulfilling pandemic-induced desires for social interaction and creating dynamic communities.
The problem Now that I'm home due to the pandemic, I've been trying to make sense of my first year of college and why it felt so unsatisfactory. Though I'm still in the process of figuring that out, I know that part of my discontent manifests itself as loneliness or some other form of social want…
In 1633, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei stood on trial, facing threats of torture from the Roman Catholic Church. The Inquisition forced him to recant his theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun—a compelling explanation of his observations of Jupiter’s moons and Venus’s phases—and…
Hi and welcome to the second edition of Figurative Coffee! Today, I’m sharing a conversation I had last summer with Karen Zusi (@kzoosi), Media Relations Manager at the Broad Institute, a genomics research center at Harvard and MIT. I originally conducted this interview for Science and Us to help…
Hi and welcome to the first edition of Figurative Coffee! I launched this newsletter last week and I’m excited and grateful that 160+ people have signed up. This week, I’m sharing an interview with Chris Walker (@EnDimensions), a 2013 Thiel Fellow and staff member at Hack Club, a worldwide community…

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