Turning ice into fire. Iceland goes for drama.

•November 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Iceland is — geologically speaking — a crazy place. The local language, for instance, includes a specific word to describe the phenomenon for a volcano detonating beneath a glacier and triggering a flash flood. And now our changing planet may be setting a new geological domino effect in motion.

My story aired yesterday on PRI’s The World.


A New Way to See the Brain

•October 2, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Scientists at MIT have embedded slices of brain in the absorbent material found in diapers, which swells 4-5 times its normal size. And when they look at the expanded result using an ordinary light microscope, they see an unprecedented view of nerve fibers, cells, and proteins. It’s the deepest look into the brain we’ve ever had.

Check out my latest video for NOVA.

Is an artificial tree part of the solution to climate change? These guys think so.

•September 3, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Trees are nature’s tool for pulling carbon dioxide out of the air, but there aren’t enough trees in the world to suck up all the CO2 humans are putting there. That’s why researchers are pushing to create artificial leaves to help fight climate change. I visit with two teams of researchers pursuing different approaches to the formidable challenge.

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

Glacial Time Travel

•July 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I’m currently traveling to the future, with the help of a couple magnificent glaciers. (Translation: I’m on a 3-week reporting trip in Greenland and Iceland!)

In due time, my radio stories will air on PRI’s The World and my web videos will be published by NOVA.  My trip is supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

You can follow my Arctic adventure on Instagram.


Pitching Your Stories

•July 7, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Transom.org just published an essay of mine about how to pitch your story ideas to editors and shows — both within and beyond public radio. If you’ve got a few minutes, I encourage you to give it a read!


Rocks Aren’t Dumb

•June 2, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Videographer Amanda Kowalski and I produced a series of 4 videos in association with NNOCCI (National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Information), a collaborative effort to establish a national network of professionals who are skilled in communicating climate science to the public.

NOVA’s Evolution Lab!

•April 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

What could you possibly have in common with a mushroom, or a dinosaur, or even a bacterium? More than you might think. In NOVA’s Evolution Lab, you’ll puzzle out the evolutionary relationships linking together a spectacular array of species. Explore the tree of life and get a front row seat to what some have called the greatest show on Earth.

Interested in telling others about the Lab? We’ve prepared a launch toolkit with a press release, Lab overview, and social media guide. So tweet and forward to your heart’s content, but most importantly, play!

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