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Sound System Allows Deaf People to Experience Music Like Never Before
August 15, 2016, KQED Future of You
Seniors Go Virtual to Relieve Pain, Loneliness
July 27, 2016, KQED Future of You
From the Olympics to the NFL, the Future of Training is Wearable Tech
July 15, 2016, KQED Future of You
The 10,000 Year Clock (book excerpt)
February 2, 2016, Hazlitt
A Bright Approach to Brain Implants
January 22, 2016, Wall Street Journal
And some older favorites from before 2013 (when my freelancing time was temporarily converted into book-writing time.)
In the digital era, can anything be money?
October 2012, Stanford Magazine
Professor Global Hawk
A remote-piloted warrior starts flying for science.
April, 2011, Air & Space
New Light on the Brain
By combining genetics with fiber optics, Karl Deisseroth has given researchers
a powerful tool with which to probe our most enigmatic organ.
December, 2010, Stanford Magazine
Decades before Kinsey, Clelia Mosher was proving that Victorian women
weren't so ... Victorian.
April 2010, Stanford Magazine
Drew Endy builds a synthetic biology revolution out of very small parts.
August 2009, Stanford Magazine
Odysseus, an autonomous surveillance-plane concept, will fly for years
on end, powered by nothing but the sun.
June 2009, Popular Science
Google Earth and enviromentalists work together to tag Pacific's giant predators and map their underwater ecosystem.
Summer, 2009, Terrain
Can you use computer games to teach kids about complex social issues like
immigration and climate change?
March 2009, Edutopia
Go gently into that good night.
Summer 2008, Terrain
Researchers are learning how to "read" your visual cortex
July 2008, California
Maybe virtual reality isn't just a game anymore.
January 2008, Stanford Magazine
Anybody Out There?
The first in a two-part series on the search for life in space, starting
with astrobiology's hunt for a second genesis in our own solar
July 4, 2007, East Bay Express
There's No Place Like Home?
The second half of the life-in-space series, focusing on Geoff Marcy and
Debra Fischer's search for other Earth-like planets. And for Goldilocks.
July 11, 2007, East Bay Express
The Case of the Missing Web Page
Is there free political speech on social networking sites like Facebook?
Id like to tell you, but ... mffffprhhgl.
November 29, 2006, East Bay Express
SWM Seeking Alien Hottie
April 20, 2005, East Bay Express
Looking for a way to power hydrogen fuel cells
using termite guts.
September 7, 2005, East Bay Express
Why do zoo elephants keep killing their own offspring?
June 2003, Smithsonian
Kernels of Truth
Scientists thought they could keep genetically engineered corn from cross-pollinating
with native plants. Well, maybe not, says Ignacio Chapela.
May 29, 2002, East Bay Express
Pentagon Goes to the Video Arcade
The militarys quest to turn shoot-em-up gaming software into
the ultimate training tool.
July 1999, The Progressive
Tidepools and Terrorists
Rafe Sagarin wonders if you can translate the adaptive tactics of nature to defending a nation.
February 2012, Stanford Magazine
Story Behind The Story of Stuff
A Q&A with environmental activist Annie Leonard about the surprise
success of her Internet video and her lifetime fascination with garbage
Spring 2010, Terrain
How mystery writer Joe Gores recreated Sam Spade.
May 2009, Stanford Magainze
One of the last Douglas DC-6 Cloudmasters still flying helped build the
H-bomb, changed the travel industry, and ultimately became a movie star.
July 2009, Air & Space
Love At First Byte
A profile of computer science pioneer Donald Knuth, author of The Art
of Computer Programming, and first-class sweetheart.
May 2006, Stanford Magazine
Meet robot artist Ken Goldberg, a guy who is too smart for only one career.
November 11, 2005, East Bay Express
Talking Head for the Undead
Professor Paranormal sees dead people. Or at least, he smells them.
February 5, 2003, East Bay Express
Eric Mills and the Horse He Rode In On
Californias one-man animal rights activism team takes on the rodeo.
June 4, 2003, East Bay Express
2C-T-7s Bad Trip
A profile of psychedelic chemist Alexander Sasha Shulgin,
and what happened when one of his lab inventions ran amok.
May 1, 2002, East Bay Express
Back in 2001, people thought Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher might be the
Democrats first female presidential candidate. A profile of a partys
June 8, 2001, East Bay Express
Bruce Woodbury and Enid Westberg own the worlds largest collection
of smiley faces. And that's just the tip of their collecting iceberg.
January 22, 1999, East Bay Express
The low-flying adventures of the Super Guppy, the world's fattest plane.
August 2008, Air & Space
The Hogs of War
Tagging along with the Patriot Guard Riders.
July 2006, Mother Jones
Creatures of the Night
Is sneaking pink plastic flamingos onto peoples yards in the middle
of the night a business model? The Flamingess says yes.
April 26, 2006, East Bay Express
The $10 Million Woman
The strange travels of Picassos Lady in White, an oil
painting looted by the Nazis during World War II.
August 4, 2004, East Bay Express
Join My Cult!
In the beginning, there was a bar bet. The very strange genesis
of Danny Wallace's cult of Join Me.
July 21, 2004, East Bay Express
Catch Me If You Can
How members of the Bay Areas Filipino community helped take down
a woman charged with conning $3 million out of them.
May 12, 2004, East Bay Express
Surviving the Iowa caucuses in the heart of Howard Dean's Perfect Storm.
January 21, 2004, East Bay Express
The Secret of the Santa Maria
In the seventeen years Margaret Brandeis spent hunting for the wreck of
the Santa Maria de los Remedios off the coast of Ecuador, she encountered
scheming rivals, poisonous sea snakes, crooked diviners, witches, mutinies,
and parasites. And that wasnt even the weird part.
July 16, 2003, East Bay Express
It Was A Dark and Stormy Month
The year National Novel Writing Month broke.
December 19, 2001, East Bay Express
Rocky Nights in San Leandro
Can a movie about cross-dressing transvestites from space be good clean
fun? A case study in what happens when three undercover cops turn up at
an unusually wild showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
April 6, 2001, East Bay Express
Are our minds wired for bias? And if so, what can we do about it?
September, 2010, Stanford Magazine
Could the future of fuel come from the most ancient green thing of all
Fall 2009, Terrain
The Meek Shall Inherit the Earthquake
When disaster strikes, those who depend on neighborhood clinics and other
community organizations will feel its most lasting reverberations.
March 2009, California
Forget willpower. What you need is a digital nagging device.
July 2008, Stanford Magazine
Outside the Cell
For decades, Mina Bissell preached an outsider gospel about what causes
cancer. But now, outside is in.
December 12, 2007, East Bay Express
A Cure for All That Ails You?
Is freezing your kids umbilical cord blood a potential lifesaver,
or just another expensive birthday present theyll never use?
August 22, 2007, East Bay Express
The Fragile Ones
A gene mutation called Fragile X Syndrome may help researchers unlock
the secrets of the cause of autism. Kids like Lucas Clark, who have both,
will their Rosetta Stone.
April 19, 2006, East Bay Express
Live, Fast, Die Old
Calorie restrictors chew their way to eternal life, one plateful at a
January 18, 2006, East Bay Express
It's a Boy! We Made Sure of It
Does the road to eugenics begin with gender selection?
November 3, 2004, East Bay Express
The Making of a Martyr
The life, death and politicization of Holly Patterson, the first American
woman to die after using RU-486 (medical abortion.)
December 17, 2003, East Bay Express
Misery Without Borders
HIV and the migrant farm worker.
February 16, 2001, East Bay Express
Meet the nations second biggest dealer in crime guns. Then learn
where three of those guns went.
July 5, 2006, East Bay Express
Last Stand of Eddy Zheng
Should this thirtysomething model prisoner be deported for a crime he
committed at age sixteen?
August 10, 2005, East Bay Express
What A Steal!
Psssst, ladies! Wanna buy a fake designer handbag? I infiltrate the secret
world of counterfeit purse parties.
November 3, 2004, East Bay Express
The Afghan Connection
Was this jewelry store owner and hawala operator just trying to help Afghani
and Pakistani-Americans wire money to impoverished relatives back home,
or was he funneling money to a heroin ring? A curious case of the murkiness
of money transfer to the Middle East in a post-9/11 world.
October 22, 2003, East Bay Express
Trailers Are for Travelers
How three Irish Travelers cruising the country in an RV raked in nearly
$1 million by pulling a bar-code scam on Home Depot.
September 10, 2003, East Bay Express
The Talented Mr. Young
The Fifth Top. The Imitation Temptation. The con man who has made a career
of pretending to be Motown legends.
March 27, 2002, East Bay Express
Return of the Fifth Top
.... And he's back.
May 21, 2003, East Bay Expres
A Series of Unfortunate Books
The works of Daniel Handler (or is it Lemony Snicket?)
Fall 2002, East Bay Express
Lemon, by Lawrence Krauser
25, 2001, East Bay Express
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