Category Archives: My Work

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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Chessmen of the Silver Screen

I love the British Museum. One of my favorite things there is the Lewis Chessmen. Once you know the Lewis Chessmen, apparently you see them everywhere. I wrote about them for The Last Word on Nothing. The Chessmen That Conquered … Continue reading

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Electronics You Can Bend

I write for magazines for 11 years without a single cover story–then I get two in a row. The first was my solar plane story in the June issue of Discover; the other is a story I wrote about flexible … Continue reading

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From Dry to Wet

Today for The Last Word on Nothing I wrote about coming home from Saudi Arabia. I still can’t get over trees. Big old deciduous trees, pulling water out of the ground like it’s no big deal. You keep doing your … Continue reading

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Hoopoes in Saudi Arabia

I spent the month of June teaching writing to teenage girls in Saudi Arabia. It was a real adventure. The girls were great–funny, enthusiastic, nerdy. Teaching was rewarding, fun, creative, and hard. I have new respect for people who actually … Continue reading

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Swine Flu

I had a new adventure earlier this year: Coming up with the text and data for an infographic on swine flu. It was for GW Research magazine, a publication from George Washington University. A designer came up with the graphics … Continue reading

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Flying on the Wings of the Sun

A story I worked on for more than a year is finally out, on the cover of the June issue of Discover. It’s about Solar Impulse, a plane powered only by the sun that is supposed to fly around the … Continue reading

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Visiting Spacecraft

This weekend I met a giant stack of spacecraft: the MMS mission, at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center. Then I wrote about it for The Last Word on Nothing. MMS is a physics mission. Its purpose is to figure out exactly … Continue reading

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New Hobby Report: Drawing

This week I was really stuck for a topic for The Last Word on Nothing, so I wrote about something I’ve been doing lately: drawing. I love the drawings in old-timey scientists’ field notebooks. Drawing is particularly a natural history … Continue reading

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