July 30, 2014
This spring I traveled to Baton Rouge to visit a gravitational-wave hunter named LIGO. It’s one of the biggest and most expensive facilities the National Science Foundation has ever invested in, and it still hasn’t produced what it was built to do.
June 13, 2014
There’s a lot going on aboard the International Space Station these days.
March 24, 2014
Planetary scientists may have just spotted the first waves on an ocean beyond Earth. They’re on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.
February 27, 2014
My alma mater, MIT, has a short piece on their alumni blog about my entry into science writing as a career. I started out as a geologist (Course XII rocks!) and ended up as a reporter. You can read the short piece here.
January 13, 2014
I live in the state of Colorado, but on the eastern side of the Continental Divide — and thus on the wrong side of the mountains from the storied river that bears the state’s name.
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.
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.