The first 3-D atlas of the human brain. The fight to save the Pinta tortoise from oblivion. A rabble-rouser’s shakeup of systems biology. An exoplanet bathed in perpetual twilight. Whether focusing on nanotechnology, synthetic biology or astrobiology, my goal is to clearly articulate the significance and context of new advances, challenges and controversies. My work has appeared in publications like Scientific American, Nature, BBC Focus, Nature Reports Stem Cells, Science News, Science News for Kids, MSNBC.com, Newsday, and Chemical Heritage.
BBC Focus, October, 2011
There’s an unassuming building that overlooks the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle. Inside it a lab technician is peering into a machine reminiscent of a small bacon slicer lodged within an upright freezer. With each pass of the blade, another tissue-thin slice of human brain cortex falls away from a thumb-sized slab kept at –17°C.
NatureJobs, March 13, 2013
Scientists and engineers with an analytical bent are increasingly sought after in natural-hazard risk assessment.
Scientific American, December, 2010
Astronomers have long searched for a planet that could harbor life outside our solar system. When reports came in earlier this fall of the not too hot, not too cold exoplanet Gliese 581g, it was like the answer to a dream.
Chemical Heritage Magazine, Spring, 2009
In the 16 March 1907 issue, The Outlook asked its New York City readers, ‘Should the city cook its milk?’ Forty-five years had passed since a French chemist named Louis Pasteur tested the heating process that would eventually bear his name. More than a century later the uncertainty of this question still reverberates through farmers’ markets and online forums as public health officials and consumers battle over safety, nutrition, and taste.
Nature, November 5, 2003
In need of an escape from the mental gymnastics of hardcore genome analysis, Eric Schadt, executive scientific director of research genetics for Rosetta Inpharmatics, is clear about what works for him — careering down a steep mountainside on a snowboard.
Science News, November 10, 2007Not far from where the Galápagos Islands’ most famous loner spends his days, tourists disembark by the inflatable boatload at a modern dock. A path takes them past marine iguanas sneezing brine from their salt-caked nostrils and striated herons roosting in the red mangroves to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Within the station, another walkway leads to a natural enclosure sheltering a misanthropic Galápagos tortoise named Lonesome George.
Scientific American, July 18, 2011
Researchers push for a fuller integration of the life, engineering and physical science
NatureJobs, December 2, 2009
The growing allure of synthetic biology.
Nature, September 9, 2009
Why many scientists choose not to share.
MSNBC.com, September, 2007 - January, 2009
A compendium of my “Frontiers” features for MSNBC.com, focused on forward-looking science and technology.
MSNBC.com, January 2, 2008
How the motor behind the whip-like tail of sperm could power nanobots.