Tuesday December 1st 2015

Recent Work

Uncharted underground

Matt Covington didn’t sleep much the night before his big swim. Who could blame him? For two days, the wiry caver [Read More]

A Desire to Help

Children can be many things. Joyful, energetic and exasperating. Curious, playful and sad. For P.J. Lukac, who is [Read More]

Looking for the roots of risk

  On a bright day in the first week of August, Julianna Deardorff escorted five Chilean scientists from Berkeley [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'm also a contributor and fact-checker for AACR's Cancer Today magazine, and I've received awards from the Association of Health Care Journalists and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. 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.


* "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, is due out in April from Da Capo Press.

For Kids

Stretchy battery

  It’s no stretch to say that batteries won’t continue to be rigid and blocky forever. Engineers inspired by Japanese paper craft have designed a battery that can [Read More]

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

Math stories

Charting the history of western art with math

  For more than a century, researchers have used statistics to study writing style in a sort of literary forensics technique called stylometry. In 1901, physicist T. C. [Read More]