Say hello to Nivair Gabriel, who just received her io9 implant and started as our spring intern. She comes to us from MIT, where she's working on a degree in aerospace engineering. Not only has she done multivariable analysis of design factors involved in constructing a large-scale, remote-controlled airplane, but she's also working on becoming a fantasy/scifi writer. She'll be helping out with research, fact-checking, and time machine quality assurance.
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@Annalee Newitz: I think you guys should set up a video camera to capture the expressions on her face when she sees it. Then we can place bets on whether she actually mouths the words "What the fuck?" or merely thinks them silently to herself.