After someone agreed to publish my first novel, The Wages of Genius, I panicked. Writing literary fiction didn’t seem like a very good career plan. Yet I loved learning and writing about science, so I joined the staff of Popular Science magazine, and worked there for several years as a columnist and editor. (Journalism was another questionable career move, but I wouldn’t figure that out until a few years later.) Since 2005, I’ve been a contributing editor for PopSci, and I’ve also written for The Atlantic Monthly, Wired, Scientific American, Discover, Boston, and others. Here are a few relatively recent stories:

Building Tomorrow’s Robots

A profile of AI and robotics expert Daniela Rus in MIT’s Technology Review.

Frozen. Irradiated. Deserted. Alive?

The search for life on Jupiter’s moon Europa.


The winding, heated, and absurdly technical oral history of the ginger emoji. It’s complicated. And hilarious.

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