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Solving the Mystery of How Sunspots are Formed

Sunspots Sure, the sun’s light and heat make life possible on Earth, and its gravity holds our entire solar system together. But our nearest star remains surprisingly enigmatic.

Scientists still don’t know, for example, why its magnetic activity fluctuates in an 11-year solar cycle. Or how powerful solar flares can knock out satellites, disrupt GPS systems, and fry electrical grids here on Earth.

What they do know is that sunspots—those randomly-spaced dark blotches on the sun’s surface—are a critical part of that puzzle. In September, an international team of scientists was able to show, for the first time, how magnetic activity in the sun’s interior leads a sunspot to form. And it revealed how that energy is later released in plasma jets and explosions, phenomena similar to powerful solar flares.

Read the rest of my story for Popular Science here.

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For Science: “Telescope clash deeply rooted in Hawaii’s past”

For the latest issue of Science magazine, I cover Native Hawaiian opposition to the Thirty-Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. Download a PDF of the story here.

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For Hakai: Five Aquarium Fish Best Left in the Ocean

For the new online science magazine Hakai, I cover five of the species most threatened by aquarium collecting. Read the story here.

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Read me at: Science News for Students

What do the world’s fastest runners have in common? Symmetrical knees! I cover the latest study proving the importance of bilateral symmetry for Science News for Students. Read more here.

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Read me at: Science.com

Is it a comet or an asteroid? In my first story for Science.com, I cover the discovery of two mysterious objects making a flyby of Earth from the distant Oort cloud. Read more here.

 

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