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Wildfires have devastated central Texas, burning 3.6 million acres, an area that's roughly the size of Connecticut. That makes it one of the largest in recorded history in North America. Six of the 10 worst wildfires in Texas history have occurred in 2011. Houston Chronicle science writer Eric Berger writes "This year's wildfire season has annihilated the previous records. 'Break' isn't nearly strong enough [a word]." The fires are so massive that their plumes can easily be seen from space, as shown in this footage captured by NASA's Space Station's astronauts.

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The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science website in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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