Author Archives: Helen

Float On, Jellyfish

The local science writers’ group organizes a lot of cool events. Last weekend some of us spent a morning in Baltimore, checking out the jellyfish exhibit at the National Aquarium and touring a NOAA ship. I might write about the … Continue reading

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Bug on my Glasses

The other day I was walking down the street when I noticed something on my glasses. I took them off to wipe them and realized I’d managed to collide with the tiniest caterpillar I’ve ever seen. Look how green it … Continue reading

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Bug on my Restaurant Window

Friday evening was pleasantly cool here in Washington, and I had dinner outside one of my favorite restaurants, Jaleo, with a former neighbor who’s moved to New York. (So silly. Why must people move away?) As we sat there, I … Continue reading

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Bells and Cicadas

Yesterday after my voice lesson I sat for a while outside Washington National Cathedral, listening to the bells ring. A bit of sleuthing on my phone told me there was some sort of change ringing convention in town. It was … Continue reading

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Mercury and Birds

A story I’ve been working on since April came out this week. It’s about the effects of mercury pollution on bird songs. It appeared on the websites of both Environmental Health News and National Geographic. It also got a nice … Continue reading

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DotW: Dictionaries on Another Website

I have pretty much abandoned my Dictionary of the Week feature. In fact, I’ve neglected my whole blog lately. You see, I have a full-time job now, and it’s really hard to keep up with a blog when you’re at … Continue reading

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Ice Cream Essay

Transcript of actual e-mail conversation between me and another contributor to The Last Word on Nothing, a little over a week ago: Me: I’ve been particularly low on lwon ideas lately. Got anything for me? Cameron: Ooooo…. I’m low, too. … Continue reading

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Looking for the Great Tinamou

When I travel the world, I see a lot of birds. I don’t usually go out of my way to look for them, but I stop and look when they cross my path. Last week for The Last Word on … Continue reading

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Life in the Gig Economy

A few weeks ago I took part in a conversation with some other smart science writers about the “gig economy”–a new world in which nobody has jobs and everybody makes a living by stringing together gigs. It’s a tough way … Continue reading

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Solar Plane Story is Online

In case you missed it in the print edition of Discover, my story about the Solar Impulse, a solar plane that’s supposed to fly around the world next year, is available online now. Light Makes Flight

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