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.

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‘Infinite Possibilities’ Unite Jazz And Physics

•June 11, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Stephon Alexander once downplayed the connections he saw between jazz and physics, concerned that — as “the only black person” in his professional circle — his credibility would be questioned. But no longer.

My story aired today on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Our ability to speak doesn’t begin with our first words. It begins in the womb.

•March 4, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Whether you grew up speaking one or more languages, chances are you picked your first cues in utero. Scientists are learning much more about those early moments of language acquisition.

My story aired yesterday on PRI’s The World.

Listen to two black holes colliding. Einstein was right.

•February 11, 2016 • 1 Comment

A hundred years ago, Einstein predicted the existence of gravity waves. Today, for the first time, scientists announced that they’ve actually been detected. Here’s what the discovery might mean for our understanding of the universe.

My story aired today on PRI’s The World.