Joe Virgillito

Staff Writer, BTRtoday

Location icon United States of America

Journalist and podcaster based in New York City.

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BTRtoday
06/06/2017
The Boom Ground Rats: Are HeroRATs The Key to Landmine Detection?

Clearing a field of active landmines is a delicate operation. It requires intelligence, patience and precision. It's the perfect job for a rat. We take a dim view of rats, and for understandable reasons. The most celebrated rat of recent memory was a pizza thief; the most notorious rats in history helped spread a plague that nearly wiped out humanity.

BTRtoday
08/18/2017
Here Today, Guam Tomorrow

Now that we've moved on to Nazis, the threat of nuclear war seems like a distant memory. Upon reflection, that's probably a good thing. No one wants to think about imminent doom. But the only thing that stands between the United States and all-out war is a 200-square mile in the middle of the Pacific.

BTRtoday
08/09/2017
Talking To Yourself Is So Weird It Might Actually Work

Jason Moser tenses up on turbulent flights. He can't help worrying when the plane starts shaking. It's a familiar feeling, and one he can't avoid. But he has a way to make it stop. He takes a deep breath and talks to himself in silence. "Jason is feeling scared."

BTRtoday
07/20/2017
Rated R For Smoking

Even when he's making his final stand against a battalion of enemy robot combatants, Hound never stops chomping on his cigar. In Transformers: Age of Extinction, Hound's a hardened soldier, so the stogie's a shopworn cliche borne of bad World War II movies. But he's also a robot in a kid's movie.