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Bug in my Compost

Today I put some dead flowers in the compost–I was so happy to get flowers, I couldn’t let them go until they were pretty dead–and as I was dismantling them, I noticed an inchworm on the face of a wilting … Continue reading

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The Balloon Altimeter Test of Prague

In Prague last year, my boyfriend and I went to a charming antique shop in the old Jewish quarter. We actually went to a lot of antique shops in Prague, but this was the first one where the people seemed … Continue reading

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Turning the Tables

I visited Lawrence University in Wisconsin a few months ago to give a talk about my Bering Sea adventure. While I was there, I also met with student journalist Alyssa Villaire. Read her story about my visit. It’s weird reading … Continue reading

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Snakehead Tournament

Back in 2004, I had a great time poking around the Potomac River and its tributaries in search of snakeheads. I was reporting my first story for Smithsonian magazine, about the fish, which was at that time a new arrival … Continue reading

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oh, that’s fun

The March issue of Smithsonian arrived today. I was delighted to find this: I’m sandwiched between two of my friends! Andrew and Sarah both happen to live in Berlin and are excellent human beings (and writers).

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conference room carpets

Sometimes, I’ll admit, I get bored in conferences. I know! Even when surrounded by scintillating intellectual exchange and lots of PowerPoints! Since I basically always have my camera, this means I end up with a lot of pictures of floors. … Continue reading

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world science podcast

Happy 100th episode, Rhitu! My friend Rhitu Chatterjee hosts the science podcast for The World, an international news show produced by the BBC and PRI, and she’s celebrating the 100th episode of the podcast. Listen to it here. In particular, … Continue reading

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crochet coral reef

People who like to mess with yarn fall into two camps: knitters and crocheters. In knitting, you use two sticks and it’s a disaster if you drop a stitch. In crochet, you use one hook and I don’t know if … Continue reading

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I’m a winner!

Or an Honorable-Mention-er, anyway. I entered a story in the D.C. Science Writers’ Association’s first annual Science Newsbrief Award and, hey, they liked it! I write a lot of short pieces. They’re pretty tough. Explaining science is hard enough without … Continue reading

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notice: phone problems

If you’re trying to reach me on my 202 number and nobody answers, that means my epic Verizon problems are continuing. Send me an e-mail and I’ll get it eventually – I’m borrowing various other people’s wifi and can call … Continue reading

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