James Webb Space Telescope: Two Views

I made a bunch of trips up the 495 to Goddard this summer and fall to put these pieces together for The Washington Post and this month’s Wired Magazine. With an $8.8 billion pricetag, it’s quite an amazing project that won’t get off the ground until 2018.

Hip Replacement: Part Deux

Here’s a first-person treatment of my recent hip replacement surgery in today’s Washington Post.

Can genes protect you from brain hits?

My piece in this week’s Washington Post highlights new research about the link between certain genes and the likelihood of getting brain disease after getting hit in sports or during combat.

Estonian Robo-Mannequins to the Rescue

Here’s my piece in Wired Magazine from last summer’s visit to Fits.me, a Tallin-based startup with offices in London that is making it easier to shop online for clothes.

Finland Links Hygenie Hypothesis and Type 1 Diabetes

Here are the results of my trip to Finland and Estonia last summer, a look at the work of a Helsinki researcher linking the nation’s high rate of type 1 diabetes and its clean society. Published recently in The Washington Post.

Green Germany Turns to Brown Coal

Here’s a piece from my trip last fall to Berlin, and Germany’s increasing use of dirty brown coal to supplant its electricity needs published in Chemical & Engineering News.

Yoga for Men: Washington Post

Today’s article on why men don’t do yoga is trending well on the Washington Post website. I guess its a topic that everyone has an opinion on. I do like the idea of Lulucucumber.

Here Come the Warm Robots

Recent feature in the Washington Post about new developments in robotic sensing that allow devices to see and smell Рand make decisions about where to go with that information: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/robots-are-getting-closer-to-having-humanlike-abilities-and-senses/2013/08/05/61cb3cdc-8d9d-11e2-9838-d62f083ba93f_story.html. Some are being used to detect leaks of gas at landfills, or mimicking the abilities of fish to stay in underwater currents.

Shale energy from Estonia

Here’s another feature for C&EN about how Estonia’s state energy company is hoping to expand its shale oil operations to both Jordan and Utah. I visited the northeast corner of Estonia to see the massive surface mines where brown-colored shale oil rock is stripped off the surface. It’s then either burned in the Eesti Energia power plant, or pulverized, heated and then refined into liquid oil: http://cen.acs.org/articles/91/i30/Energy-Production-Estonian-Way.html?h=1584378995

Ocean Acidity and the Makah Tribe

Here’s my first feature for Chemical & Engineering News, a magazine published by the American Chemical Society in Washington. I flew out to Seattle in late January and met with Micah McCarty, the former tribal leader of the Makah. They live at the northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula, right on the water. He’s worried about the effects of ocean acidification on shells they use for both food and ceremonies. There’s also a great video produced by C&EN with some of the video and stills I shot on our scramble down to the tidal rocks at Cape Flattery.