Monthly Archives: October 2015

Getting excited about Dark Matter!

It makes up a quarter of the universe. Without it, galaxies would fall apart, and stars would spin off into space. Dark matter is five times more abundant than normal matter (the stuff that makes up trees and stars and us), yet scientists can’t see it or figure out what it is. The one thing they can say for sure: They’re getting closer to an answer.

Read my story in the October issue of Popular Science: “The Search for Dark Matter”

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Covering space junk for Nature

The US military has long taken the role of traffic cop in space: monitoring satellites, tracking debris and, in recent years, warning satellite operators and foreign governments of potential collisions and hazards. But now it has company. A wave of private firms is seeking to build a commercial market for space situational awareness (SSA) — high-precision tracking of artificial objects orbiting Earth.

Read my story for Nature here: “Private firms spy a market in spotting space junk”

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Interview with David Karl

I interviewed the pioneering microbial oceanographer for Hakai magazine. Read the Q&A here

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