Selected Works

Published Works

Popular Mechanics


Selected Writing


LIGO Catches A Cosmic Battle Between Two Neutron Stars, Popular Mechanics, 9 January, 2020

How To Make Homemade Dry Ice, Popular Mechanics, 5 January, 2020


The Most Powerful Space Moments of the 2010s, Popular Mechanics, 26 December, 2019

How This Researcher Invented an Entirely New—and Entirely Badass—Field of Science, Popular Mechanics, 20 December, 2019

Why the White Island Volcano Eruption Was So DangerousPopular Mechanics, 11 December, 2019

The 16 Scientific Moments That Defined 2019Popular Mechanics, 2 December, 2019

That Time a Couple Bought an Iconic Bond Car for $100—Then Sold It to Elon Musk for $1 MillionPopular Mechanics, 2 December, 2019

The Internet Thinks These Things Are Aliens. The Truth Is Much More SinisterPopular Mechanics, 14 November, 2019

Small Yet Mighty Mercury Still Holds Many MysteriesPopular Mechanics, 9 November, 2019

The Sun: The Life-Giving Magnet in the SkyPopular Mechanics, 3 November, 2019

The Internet Wouldn't Be the Same Without These 11 WomenPopular Mechanics, 29 October, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About NASA's New SpacesuitsPopular Mechanics, 16 October, 2019

7 Indigenous Pioneers You Need to KnowPopular Mechanics, 14 October, 2019

Alexei Leonov, the First Man to Walk In Space, Has DiedPopular Mechanics, 11 October, 2019

An Exclusive Image of the Interstellar Comet That Stunned AstronomersPopular Mechanics, 19 September, 2019

This Tech Could Completely Change How We Predict Volcanic EruptionsPopular Mechanics, 16 September, 2019

Why Is It So Damn Hard to Land on the Moon?Popular Mechanics, 10 September, 2019

India Loses Contact With Lander On Final DescentPopular Mechanics, 6 September, 2019

The 7 Amazing Discoveries That Won the 2020 Breakthrough PrizePopular Mechanics, 5 September, 2019

What is Methane, Anyway?, Popular Mechanics, 29 August, 2019

Cool New Robot Can Grab Squishy Fish Without Hurting Them, Popular Mechanics, 28 August, 2019

This 747 Is Fighting Fires in the AmazonPopular Mechanics, 28 August, 2019 



Severe wildfires spark population boom in fungi and bacteria, Nature, 16 January 2019 (Syndicated by Scientific American)

Science News

Five explosive things the 2018 eruption taught us about Kilauea, Science News, 29 January 2019


Bennu and Ryugu look like spinning tops and scientists want to know why, Science News, 18 December 2018


Here’s what was surprising about Kilauea’s 3-month-long eruption, Science News, 11 December 2018


Baboons survive 6 months after getting a pig heart transplant, Science News, 5 December 2018


An acid found in soil may make a disease killing deer less infectious, Science News, 30 November 2018


A new algorithm could help protect planes from damaging volcanic ash, Science News, 27 November 2018


Cactus spine shapes determine how they stab victims, Science News, 27 November 2018

Sound-absorbent wings and fur help some moths evade bats, Science News, 14 November 2018


Car tires and brake pads produce harmful microplastics, Science News, 12 November 2018

These tiny, crackly bubbles are a new type of volcanic ash, Science News, 9 November 2018


Hubble has been busy since coming back online, Science News, 2 November 2018


Neandertal teeth reveal the earliest known signs of lead exposure, Science News, 2 November 2018

People in the Pacific Northwest smoked tobacco long before Europeans showed up, Science News, 29 October 2018


Liverwort plants contain a painkiller similar to the one in marijuana, Science News, 24 October 2018


Plants engineered to always be on alert don’t grow well, Science News, 22 October 2018


More tornadoes are popping up east of the Mississippi, Science News, 17 October 2018


Add beer to the list of foods threatened by climate change, Science News, 14 October 2018


Self-driving cars see better with cameras that mimic mantis shrimp vision, Science News, 11 October 2018

These light-loving bacteria may survive surprisingly deep underground, Science News, 9 October 2018


Spiky ice spires may stud the equator of Jupiter’s moon Europa, Science News, 8 October 2018


Giraffes inherit their spots from their mothers, Science News, 2 October 2018 (Syndicated by The Washington Post)


Tracking how rainfall morphs Earth’s surface could help forecast flooding, Science News, 2 October 2018


A new species of high-altitude hummingbird may already be in trouble, Science News, 26 September 2018

UCSC Science Notes

A revered raptor's return, UCSC Science Notes, August 2018

Science Today

The Arctic Report Card, Science Today, 20 Dec. 2016

Defending the Home Planet, Science Today, 16 Dec. 2016

Volcanism in the Age of Early Man, Science Today, 2 Nov. 2016

Mineral Mondays: Native Elements, Science Today, 26 Sep. 2016

Mineral Mondays: Oxides and Hydroxides, Science Today, 19 Sep. 2016

Mineral Mondays: Silicates, Science Today, 12 Sep. 2016

Volcanic Predictors, Science Today, 1 Aug. 2016

New Type of Meteorite from Asteroid Collision, Science Today, 5 July 2016

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