Science World, February 3, 2014
How do sinkholes form? And are you going to fall into one in your sleep? I explain and reassure the 6th-to-10th-grade set.
Science World, October 7, 2013
I interview 18-year-old Justin Beckerman, who built a working submarine out of a piece of plastic drainage pipe, and explain the physical forces he had to engineer around.
Science World, September 16, 2013
Most people in their right minds avoid handling dangerous snakes. But not Mark Hockmuller, who picks up dozens of them every day.
Mount Everest's Death Zone
SuperScience, February 2013
In which I try to discourage 3rd-graders from attempting to summit Everest.
Science World, February 4, 2013
When you head to the beach for a swim, you don't expect to find it littered with giant, stinking rodent corpses. Probably.
Brilliant Ten: Adam Cohen
Popular Science, October 2012
For two years I led the research for Popular Science's annual Brilliant Ten, vetting hundreds of nominees and helping select ten honorees. In 2012 I profiled Adam Cohen, who keeps transgenic glow-in-the-dark zebrafish as office pets.
The Data-Centric Universe
Popular Science, November 2011
"Hey," said PopSci information editor Katie Peek, "what if we tried to map every known object in the observable universe?" "Sure," I said, and proceeded to learn a lot about astronomical units, the history of telescopes, and the theoretical limits of Microsoft Excel.
(Research and text by me; data visualization by Tulp Interactive.)
Discover, March 2011
How does a geyser work, anyway? Allow me to explain.
To Find Love, the Barnacle Grows a Stretchy, Accordion-Like Penis
Discover online, November 23, 2010
Don't even get me started on barnacles. But if you do, this is where I'll start.
How Do Barnacles Attach to Whales?
Scienceline.org, March 22, 2010
Seriously. Barnacles. They are very impressive.