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.


‘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.

In Greenland, a climate change mystery with clues written in water and stone

•January 20, 2016 • 1 Comment

About a decade ago, several of Greenland’s biggest glaciers suddenly began melting. A decade later, two groups of scientists are trying to unlock the secrets behind a scientific mystery story with potentially big consequences for the future of the island’s rapidly-melting ice sheet.

My story aired this week on PRI’s The World.

Chemist Wants To Change The Color Of Science

•January 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Minorities are historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math fields. John Dimandja is a Congolese chemist on the faculty of Spelman College who’s pointing the way into STEM careers for students of color.

My story aired on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.