Ants, impostorism and a few more updates

It’s been a while since my last update, although this time I have a better reason than usual for being so busy-my wife and I were blessed with a lovely baby girl a few months ago! Between frantically trying to finish up assignments before she was born, and then being busy/sleep-deprived taking care of a newborn, I haven’t had much of a […Read More]

An online feature about deep life for Smithsonian

Nematodes (blue) wiggle inside a stalactite from a South African gold mine in this image taken with an electron microscope. (Credit: Gaetan Borgonie)

Nematodes (blue) wiggle inside a stalactite from a South African gold mine in this image taken with an electron microscope. (Credit: Gaetan Borgonie)

I just got done with a Smithsonian feature on microbes that live in extremely inhospitable […Read More]

Keeping busy, writing about molecular biology for BioTechniques

Developing Drosophila Embryo (Credit: Credit: Raghav Chhetri, Fernando Amat, Yinan Wan, Burkhard Höckendorf, William Lemon & Philipp Keller, Janelia Research Campus.)

Developing Drosophila Embryo (Credit: Credit: Raghav Chhetri, Fernando Amat, Yinan Wan, Burkhard Höckendorf, William Lemon & Philipp Keller, Janelia Research Campus.)

I’ve been meaning to update this website for a while, unfortunately I’ve been too busy writing articles to do so.

Among […Read More]

This Software Makes You Forget You’re Wearing Headphones — My article about 3D audio

Photo by John T. Consoli

I got a chance to write another longer piece, this one about 3D audio and how it can make headphones sound more like real life, particularly important for virtual reality and augmented reality. It’s been a while since I last wrote a tech-focused article, and this was also my first […Read More]

Article about an insect-sized flying robot for Motherboard

Robotic fly with pyramidal onboard sensor on top

Robotic fly with pyramidal onboard sensor on top

I wrote my first piece for Motherboard, Vice magazine’s online science & technology site. I just happened to find a pitch that worked well for them, and it was fun to write a more […Read More]

Published a Wired article on slowing light

Was excited to publish my first article for Wired Science last week!

The article, which appeared on Wired.com, was about a new tiny chip that could slow light down at room temperature, thanks to some quantum physical effects. The article was fairly challenging to write, but thankfully the UC Santa Cruz researcher responsible, Holger Schmidt, was very helpful in making sure I got the science right. We actually got to go to his lab last November and see the experimental setup he used to slow light, which made the experiment a lot more tangible than reading about it […Read More]

Nature News published my story about a new underwater robot

The Tethys underwater robot <i>Todd Walsh/MBARI</i>

The Tethys underwater robot Credit: Todd Walsh/MBARI

Underwater robot can follow marine organisms over record distances: Nature News.

Nature News published my story today! Follow the link above to read it.

I’m obviously excited to publish a story in Nature, it’s been a dream of mine. And the fact that […Read More]

Ultraviolet light reveals how ancient Greek statues really looked

Ultraviolet light reveals how ancient Greek statues really looked.

Ultraviolet light reveals how ancient Greek statues really looked Credit: Vinzenz Brinkmann

It’s always interesting when the latest technology and ancient history collide. It turns out many of those pristine white Greek statues were originally brightly […Read More]