Writing

Selected Commentaries and Articles

 

The Breathtaking Beauty of Our Planet's Destruction

Foreign Policy, September/October 2016
 

Frankenstein and the Problem with "Playing God"

Slate, January 2017


A Future We Can Imagine

Slate, September 2017
 

Should We Engineer Future Humans?

New America Weekly, December 2015
 

What Experiments to Block out the Sun Can’t Tell Us

Slate, January 2016

 

The Race to Preserve Disappearing Digital Artifacts
The Boston Globe, May 2015

 

Finding Order in the Apparent Chaos of Currents

The New York Times, September 2009

 

The US and Cuba: Reflections on Waiting

The Boston Globe, December 2014

 

An Emerging Threat to State Innovation

The Boston Globe, April 2015

 

Why We Were Not Better Prepared for an Ebola Outbreak

The Boston Globe, November 2014

 

The New York Times’ Book of Mathematics

(Contributor). Published 2013

 

The Queen of the Rubik’s Cube

The New York Times, December 2008

 

Microbes Eat Away at Pieces of History

The New York Times, June 2008


The Other Global Warming: A Cosmic View of the Planet’s Energy Crisis

The Boston Globe, January 2009

 

Where War Once Raged, Nature Now Prevails: A Sampan Tour on the Mekong River

The Boston Globe, December 2006

 

$1 Million to Inventor of a Tracker for ALS

The New York Times, February 2011

 

Block Island Embraces Offshore Wind Farm

The Boston Globe, October 2008

 

The Politics of Puppetry

The Christian Science Monitor, July 2007

 

Countries Make Push to Increase Eye Donors

The New York Times, July 2008

 

DNA from Ancient Coral Unlocks Climate Clues

The Boston Globe, December 2008

 

Contests Increasingly a Top Draw for Innovators

The Boston Globe, November 2009

 

Country, the City Version: Farms in the Sky Gain New Interest

The New York Times, July 2008

 

Why Can’t a Woman Man the Grill?

The Christian Science Monitor, June 2007

 

Sushi and Global Trade: A Review of The Sushi Economy

The Christian Science Monitor, June 2007

 

A Path Toward a STEM Teacher Corps

For the President of the United States, April 2013

 

Prepare and Inspire: A Report to President Obama on K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education

On behalf of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology, 2010