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The Great Cockroach Escape: How Those Dirty Bugs Make Tricky Tracks

If cockroaches completely gross you out, then look away. But if you’ve admired, even a tiny bit, the adaptations that […]

A Scientist’s 20-Year Quest To Defeat Dengue Fever

First of a two-part series. This summer, my big idea is to explore the big ideas of science. Instead of […]

To Count As A Young Scientist, Anything Less Than 52 Will Do

I always suspected that the pursuit of science could keep a person young — or at least young at heart. […]

How The Transit Of Venus Helped Unlock The Universe

In an age when the size of the observable universe is known to a few decimal places, today’s Transit of […]

Splish Splat? Why Raindrops Don’t Kill Mosquitoes

Imagine how tough life would be if raindrops weighed 3 tons apiece as they fell out of the sky at […]

The Venus Transit: Who Cares?

A few hundred years ago Venus passing in transit across the face of the sun was a big scientific deal. […]

As Venus Transits The Face Of The Sun, Here’s How To Safely Watch

DO NOT STARE AT THE SUN. Is that clear enough? As we looked this morning for good guides about how […]

Beset With Bedbugs? Don’t Bother With Bug Bombs

Bedbug infestations can be maddening. So readily available bug bombs that fill the house with a pesticide fog are understandably […]

The Chumbawamba Principle: A Commencement Address

This is a commencement address I gave this weekend at the College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor, Maine. It’s […]

Summer Science: How To Build A Campfire

Summer living is supposed to be easy — school is out, the days are long, the traffic eases. But it’s […]

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