October 3, 2013
I’ve only been to sea twice on research vessels. In 2003, I spent a week aboard the drillship JOIDES Resolution off the coast of Oregon. In July 2013, I went back to the same general area aboard the R/V Thomas G. Thompson, a University of Washington-owned ship. Both cruises had admirable scientific goals — to […]
June 7, 2013
Tomorrow is the 230th anniversary of a volcanic eruption that you’ve probably never heard of, but that changed the history of science and the history of Europe. On the morning of June 8, 1783, the ground ripped open in south-central Iceland and began spewing fountains of fire into the air. This was the eruption of […]
May 27, 2013
Ed Stone joined NASA’s Voyager mission as project scientist in 1972. I was 14 months old. Since then the twin Voyager probes have launched; explored the gas giants of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune; and are now on the brink of breaking into interstellar space. I’m still on Earth.
March 11, 2013
Earthquakes are quick, right? The ground shakes, chandeliers swing and knick-knacks fall on the floor? Well…not always. My latest Science News feature explores the phenomenon known as “slow slip,” in which the ground moves veeeery slowly, over the course of weeks, in the equivalent of a large earthquake.
January 2, 2013
My background’s in the earth and physical sciences, so you might wonder what I’m doing dabbling in biology. So am I.
December 28, 2012
As December 31 approaches, pretty much every magazine comes out with some kind of top list for the year. Science News does an annual round-up of leading science stories, and it won’t surprise you to hear that #1 on our editors’ picks for 2012 was…
October 31, 2012
The American Meteorological Society has given me its 2013 Award for Distinguished Science Journalism in the Atmospheric and Related Sciences (now there’s a mouthful). It’s for a feature I wrote on atmospheric rivers for Science News in 2011. You can read the award-winning story here.