Currently, I'm a lecturer in MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing, an intensive and highly selective one-year Master's program. I teach news reporting, feature writing, editing, and digital journalism and mentor students on their thesis projects.
Below are a selection of articles I've reported and written over the years.
Future Proof is the first product review site to focus on climate change. It also publishes originally reported news and commentary on climate and equity. The publicaton grew out of my time as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, where I investigated new business models for climate journalism.
What’s more climate friendly, shopping online or in store? - February 4, 2020
The Most Climate-Friendly Smart Light Bulbs for 2020 - September 16, 2019
Charged Up - April 11, 2021
President Joe Biden launched his term with an ambitious plan to modernize American manufacturing, and lithium-ion batteries were near the top of the list. But once before, the U.S. tried to foster a domestic battery industry, during the Bush and Obama administrations. The results then weren't promising: One high-profile recipient of government support was A123 Systems, a company that flew high for a few years only to be scooped up in bankruptcy by the Chinese auto parts giant, Wanxiang. Will Biden's battery bonanza be any different?
The Chip Choke Point - February 7, 2021
Dutch company ASML has spent 20 years and 10 billion euros refining extreme-ultraviolet lithography, a strikingly complex next-generation technology that allows semiconductor companies to make computer chips that are faster, smaller, and more energy efficient than ever before. China is desperate to get their hands on one, but they're stymied by a new ad-hoc, plurilateral agreement between the U.S., the Netherlands, and Japan, which I broke the story on. What can Chinese semiconductor companies do if they're cut off from the leading edge?
The Cobalt Empire - October 18, 2020
Over the last 20 years, China has become the dominant force in the cobalt, an industry that's a vital component of modern lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles. One expert told me, "Whoever controls the cobalt can control how much you can decarbonize." As the world races to stave off the worst effects of climate change, will we all be dependent on China?
America’s Homes Need to Go on an Energy Diet - August 20, 2020
As senior digital editor at NOVA, the PBS science series, I founded, edited, and wrote for NOVA Next, a digital magazine. Working with a small staff and a number of talented freelancers, I published weekly features and daily news coverage. Shortly after its launch, it became one of NOVA's most successful initiatives, eventually boosting the entire brand's site traffic by 20% and revitalizing its social media presence.
The Transportation Revolution Is Happening Faster Than You Think - February 1, 2017
The Power Plants That Can Reverse Climate Change - December 9, 2015
Volkswagen’s Little Engine That Couldn’t - September 22, 2015
Navigating the Robot Economy - October 15, 2014
Genetically Engineering Almost Anything - July 17, 2014
The Inevitability of Predicting the Future - March 26, 2014
Why It Takes Decades to Produce a New Solar Material - February 26, 2014
Promise and Perils of Hyperloop and Other High-Speed Trains - August 13, 2013
The Boring and Exciting World of Biometrics - June 18, 2013
Going Blind: The Coming Satellite Crisis - February 28, 2013
More articles at NOVA
16 Ways to Design a Better Intersection—And Better Cities - President Barack Obama, Guest Editor, November 2016
8 Cities That Show You What the Future Will Look Like: Mecca - Design Issue, October 2015
The Hidden Link Between Medieval Land Parceling and Modern American Psychology - November 30, 2012
Per Square Mile is a blog I started to explore ideas and themes related to life at different densities. I focused on the relationship between the built and natural environments with detours into linguistics, anthropology, and income inequality.
Can we please stop drawing trees on top of skyscrapers? - March 7, 2013
Income inequality, as seen from space - May 24, 2012
Urban trees reveal income inequality - May 17, 2012
If the world's population lived like... - August 8, 2012
Ghosts of geography - September 27, 2011
If the world's population lived in one city... - January 18, 2011
More articles at Per Square Mile.
Lords of the rings: understanding tree ring science - January 6, 2011
One in five vertebrates threatened by extinction - October 27, 2010
The future looks weedy - September 20, 2010
Good-bye Shark Week? Large sharks in decline due to fishing - August 23, 2010
State of the climate: warming, with no sign of waning - July 30, 2010
More articles at Ars Technica.
Jet's emergency landing requires fuel dump in lake (pdf) - B1, July 1, 2008
Field Museum's genetic study rewrites family tree on birds (pdf) - B1, June 27, 2008
They found a gator in the Chicago River? Believe it (pdf) - A1, June 21, 2008