Freelance journalist, technical writer, essayist, and editor with broad science subject expertise and deep knowledge in chemistry, electrical engineering, linguistics, and artificial intelligences.
For this ghostwritten blog post, I worked with a Serverless employee to translate a complex technical walkthrough into a narrative guide to a specific function in the software, using language that suits the company's unique brand.
The first live result of my editing partnership with Narratively is this this fabulously researched story by Audrey Farley. There’s nothing more deliciously creepy than an 80-year-old sex and sterilization scandal with lurid eugenics undertones.
“Everything that made the squishy bots the perfect space recon agents—their autonomous sensing power, remote control capabilities, and unprecedented impact durability—would serve them equally well as members of the advanced guard of Earth-bound disaster responders.”
I’m extremely proud of my latest piece for Popular Mechanics, and of the fact that I seem to be creating a beat that pertains almost exclusively to adorable life-saving semi-automatons.
The Paris Fire Brigade has seen its share of logistical challenges, but the massive conflagration that consumed parts of the Notre Dame cathedral on the night of 15 April required a fight of epic proportions. The cathedral is 856 years old and built in a style that makes it almost structurally impossible to contain a fire. The site doubles as both a wildly popular tourist attraction and a holy site for Christians. Defending this symbol of French heritage would require all the tactical and physical power the Brigade had at its disposal—human and otherwise.
The Green New Deal outline refers many times to “smart grids” as an essential step toward the development of sustainable, eco-conscious, and even carbon-neutral city infrastructure.
But what is a smart grid? And what do you need to know about it? Check out my first piece in Marketplace, live today, in which I spoke to some of the pioneers of smart-grid tech in the US and checked in on their cities’ progress and frustrations.
Why do we love to read about new ways to work with waste? It might have to do with the guilt we feel over the waste we produce as the most immediately tangible (and frequently, the most viscerally unpleasant) evidence of our negative impact on the environment.
But the way we think about waste might be changing. In one sense, 2018 was a great year for our garbage; maybe the greatest we’ve ever seen.
For my latest piece on IEEE Spectrum’s Energywise blog, I talked to Mustafa Alparslan Zehir, a systems engineer based in Istanbul, about gamifying the grid.
In space, no one can hear you scream, “conflict of interest!” My latest for Sludge lays out the powerful financial forces at play behind the United States’ current space policy.
For We Are the Mutants, I reviewed Dr. Audra Wolfe’s latest book on the scientific propaganda machine that powered American national identity during the Cold War.
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In the small, suburban, Conservative Ashkenazi community where I grew up, Yiddish warmed social interactions like background radiation. Words that had penetrated mainstream American English—putz, klutz, chutzpah, and kvetch—glowed in sitcom dialogue and newspaper print, where friends and relatives could point them out proudly, then complain about their embarrassing misuse. The untranslatable phrases would be used for comedic effect, and to occlude bits of gossip. But though my grandparents un...