“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you […]Read more "The wizard knows what he’s talking about"
My newest radio piece for VOA News! Listen in here: I would like to thank VOA reporter Steve Baragona for letting me steal the phrase “thieving lemurs.” More information can be found in the accompanying web write-up for this story. Way more information can be found in the publicly accessible PLOS ONE paper. If you’re […]Read more "Scientists teach lemurs to steal food from undergrads, gain new understanding of the nature of intelligence on Earth"
I am a bag of organs on stilts walking around a solid world. The only ways I have to peer out of the dense particulation of myself are my eyes to see photons, my ears to hear airborne vibration, my nose to sense airborne chemicals, my tongue to do nearly the same, and my skin […]Read more "Meditation forbidding mourning"
My first two stories at VOA News are figuratively hot off the presses! The first was an explanation of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn patents on specific genes, which, unlike many court cases, had plaintiffs on both sides of the aisle walking away smiling. The second is MY FIRST RADIO PIECE! Reporting on […]Read more "Patenting genetics! And GLBT health in South Africa."
On the train in front of me there are a woman and a young boy. The boy is plump and startled-looking, and the woman is fat and ugly and carries a carved walking stick. They do not smile. They sit in front of me and suddenly they are deeply involved in some crisis; the woman […]Read more "The ugly woman the scared boy the scowling man"
Y’all are amazing, and I can’t overstate how useful it is hearing about how news works over at the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Sacramento Bee, and Wired. How about after this whole mess is over the fourteen of us start our own newsy business? “The Young Scientist’s Report,” we’ll call it. Or, “Modern Microscope.” Ew. […]Read more "Dear Mass Media Fellows,"
After several whirlwind weeks of typing and clicking out final exams, in which I got progressively squintier and paler; two days of packing my Brooklyn apartment, my houseplants, my trusty new bike, and my boyfriend into a U-Haul; four days of blissful dizzy rest in the wet green woods where I grew up, looking for […]Read more "The next bit"