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Happy Trails, Curiosity

This was the setup in my living room last night: On the left, an animation showing what the rover should be doing right now; on the right, a roomful of engineers reacts to the signals coming back from Curiosity. It … Continue reading

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To Quote or Not to Quote

The Open Notebook is a lovely website created by two of my fellow science writers to help all of us get better at our jobs. The website has several regular features, including one where they interview a writer about how … Continue reading

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bird by bird by bird by bird

A beloved book has reentered my life. It’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. This was required reading in my science writing class at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and contains many useful pieces of advice, … Continue reading

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shuttle flyover

Like many other people in the D.C. area, today I got to see the space shuttle Discovery do its flyover before it goes to its new home, at the National Air & Space Museum. I met up with a friend … Continue reading

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how to write better

I usually think the items in McSweeney’s are too clever to be funny, but The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Already Do is an exception. Sample piece of advice: READ, READ, READ It’s no secret that great writers … Continue reading

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cherry tree update

The trees are blooming! And they’re early. It’s not even spring yet; winter doesn’t end until the wee hours tonight.This lovely grove of trees is on the grounds of the Washington Monument, across from the Ellipse. If you’ve forgotten what … Continue reading

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spring approaches

In a few weeks, the trees around the Tidal Basin will burst into flower. The prediction came out yesterday: the peak should be somewhere in the range of March 24-31. (Keep up with progress on the National Park Service’s cherry … Continue reading

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inflatable whale

Students at my alma mater, Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and local high school students have built a nearly-life-sized inflatable whale (I think a blue whale, but who knows). Pictures and story on Northfield Patch. How come there were no … Continue reading

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new web design

I am inordinately proud of myself for figuring out how to redo my website. Yes, I use WordPress, and yes, WordPress is kind of idiotproof, but just let me be proud of my little achievement, ok? Any comments are welcome.

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poop strong

Bringing together two of my great loves, poop and Carleton College, Carleton grad Arijit Guha is looking for help paying his medical expenses for stage IV colon cancer through the medium of a delightfully named website: Poop Strong. At left, … Continue reading

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