Sunday July 24th 2016

Recent Work

Computing’s Search for Quantum Questions

It was billed as the vindication of the quantum computer. Late last year, researchers at Google announced that a [Read More]

All about quantum dots

In September 2015, Philips, an electronics company based in The Netherlands, unveiled a computer monitor that achieved [Read More]

The Mars Anomaly

The presence of water isn’t the only Mars mystery scientists are keen to probe. Another centers around a seemingly [Read More]

About Stephen

I'm a science writer in Nashville, Tennessee, who usually covers math, physics, astronomy and cancer research, and I work from a converted office shed in my backyard. I also teach an undergraduate class in science communication at Vanderbilt University.

My work has appeared in Scientific American, Discover, New Scientist, onEarth and Science News for Students. I've received a AAAS/Kavli science journalism award, and my work has been recognized by awards from the Association of Health Care Journalists and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. I'm also a contributor and fact-checker for AACR's Cancer Today magazine.

My non-science nonfiction has appeared in the New Haven Review, and my fiction has appeared in The Portland Review, Arcadia, Vestal Review, Bartleby Snopes, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Prime Number, and One Story.

Thanks for visiting! Email me at stephen - at - stephenornes - dot - com.


* "Where will Lightning Strike?, which I wrote for Science News for Students, won a 2015 Kavli AAAS Science Journalism Award.

* "Interrupting Cancer's Travel Plans," an article I wrote for Cancer Today, won a 2013 ASJA award in the trade category.

* The Science Writers' Handbook, a book to which I am proud to have contributed, was published in April 2014.

For Kids

Feeling Objects that Aren’t There

Imagine this. You wake up in the morning to the irritating buzz of your alarm. Instead of fumbling for a snooze button, you wave your hand in the air in the general direction [Read More]

Science News for Kids
A complete list of my stories for Science News for Students appears here.

Math stories

Zombie physics

For Alex Alemi and Matt Bierbaum, physics graduate students at Cornell University in the US, there really was no escaping the zombies – those fictional reanimated human [Read More]