Stabilizing Vaccines with Silk

•September 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Vaccines must be kept cold up until the moment that they are administered to a patient. This poses a problem in the developing world where infrastructure can interrupt the refrigeration during storage and transport. Numerous labs and companies are working to solve the problem. For instance, one Cambridge-based startup called Vaxess is using an extract from silk to stabilize vaccines, and their preliminary results are promising.

This is a web video that I produced for NOVA.

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Coral reefs can communicate with fish, and many of them are crying for help

•August 23, 2014 • 1 Comment

Smell is a powerful force. So powerful it can mean the difference between everything and nothing. That’s certainly the case in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

This story comes from the audio series Small Matters, and it aired on PRI’s The World.

Knotty Thrills

•July 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The problem of how to tie a knot out of a fluid had eluded scientists for a century and a half. Then, using a 3D printer, bubble mist, and a scaled-down version of a laser light show, three physicists from the University of Chicago did it. And the results are mesmerizing.

This is my first online video for NOVA!

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Photos of a short life comfort only some grieving parents

•June 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The death of a child is a profound loss, and how parents grieve is often deeply personal. So personal that what comforts one parent may disturb the other. My story aired on NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered yesterday evening.

The heart of a man

•May 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

On last week’s “Patient Files” on WHYY — a series on illness, healing, and coping — I produced a story about sudden death at every turn. Meet Michael Downing, a writer with an inherited medical condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM.

How tiny animals find a date

•April 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The way we talk about finding a romantic partner is biased. Take “love is in the air” or “love at first sight.” These idioms assume that feelings must be transmitted through air, and are cemented using visual cues. Even the expression “falling in love” assumes gravity! But it turns out that love isn’t just restricted to our physical reality.

This story comes from the audio series Small Matters, and it aired on Here & Now and Living on Earth.

Searching for chemistry between the stars

•April 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

It’s said that what makes jazz are the notes you don’t play. Turns out that something similar can be said about outer space…because it’s the stuff we can’t see that’s helped make our universe.

This story comes from the audio series Small Matters, and it aired on Living on Earth.

 
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