Front row seat to Saturn

•May 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

For almost 13 years, the spacecraft Cassini has been in the Saturn system, documenting the planet and its moons. Cassini’s days are numbered — on 15 September, it will be sent hurtling towards Saturn. But just because it’s running out of fuel doesn’t mean it’s running out of fire. Cassini has a lot more science to do in its final, riskiest chapter.

I made a web video on the subject for PBS NOVA and I was interviewed about it on PRI’s The World (see below for both). Also, here’s an article my colleague at NOVA, Allison Eck, wrote on the subject.

Syrian refugee kids find success in school. They’re the lucky ones.

•March 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Lebanon’s public education system can’t cope with hundreds of thousands of extra Syrian refugee kids. So nonprofit groups are trying to fill the gaps.

My radio story aired on PRI’s The World.

A Scientist Walks into a Bar, Twice

•February 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

An astrophysicist must explain her work so two comedians can understand it. Here are two of my latest videos for PBS NOVA:

Using Quantum Physics to Prevent Voter Fraud

•November 3, 2016 • 2 Comments

There’s a way to make your vote incredibly secure this election season — all thanks to quantum mechanics. Check out my latest video for NOVA.

A remembrance: Glaciologist Gordon Hamilton

•October 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Climate scientist Gordon Hamilton died in Antarctica over the weekend when his snowmobile plunged into a deep glacial crevasse. His research at the poles focused on the relationship between melting ice sheets and rising sea levels.

My remembrance of Gordon aired today on PRI’s The World.

Massachusetts brews up new green businesses

•September 28, 2016 • 1 Comment

Solar and wind power are important, but solving the climate crisis will take a whole new generation of energy-efficient technologies, and even new companies to develop them. And there’s a growing force in the field — the green tech incubator.

My story aired a couple weeks back on PRI’s The World.

NOVA’s Black Holes iPad App!

•June 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Hurl your star across spacetime, hitting targets and avoiding celestial hazards in your quest to earn a star that’s big and bright enough to go supernova. As you play through the game’s 50-plus levels, you’ll meet new cosmic objects like small but dense neutron stars and massive blue supergiant stars. Get gravitational assists from these and other objects to slingshot around the galaxy and hit your targets. Detect and avoid invisible black holes that will shred your star if it gets too close. Beat all the levels and watch your star become a supernova and collapse into a black hole.

Download the free NOVA Black Holes iPad App from iTunes.