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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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