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Brave New Jupiter

Brave New Jupiter

For the last five years, NASA’s Juno spacecraft has been barrelling towards its final destination: Jupiter, king of the planets. On 4 July this year, the four tonne, spinning craft – which looks like an oversized propeller that has abandoned its plane – will fire its [Read More]

Worlds beyond the solar system

Worlds beyond the solar system

Once upon a time — about 20 years ago — kids in school learned about nine planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The Nine orbited the sun, and they were the only planets that mattered. Any others existed in the imagination of [Read More]

Searching for underground water, from the sky

Searching for underground water, from the sky

Keeping track of water makes for tricky science. It drains through soil, slips through cracks in rocks and refills underwater reserves. It bubbles up through springs and runs in rivers. Water evaporates and forms clouds; rain brings it back to earth, where it keeps plants [Read More]

End of an Era

End of an Era

I wrote about the end of the space shuttle program for Science News for Kids. Here’s the whole story. [Read More]

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Mussels photo galleries

Mussels photo galleries

Please be sure to view the full-screen version of the gallery using the button on the upper left-hand side. Please be [Read More]

The Endgame of Ruby Knuckles

The Endgame of Ruby Knuckles

This story was first published in Arcadia magazine in 2011.  That Sunday morning, I was not full of the Holy Ghost. I [Read More]

Star Trek technology becomes more science than fiction

Star Trek technology becomes more science than fiction

Fifty years ago, the first episode of Star Trek aired. It started as a quirky science-fiction television show that [Read More]

The Riddle of Bacteria and Cancer

The Riddle of Bacteria and Cancer

The human body teems with bacteria. These micro-organisms live on the skin, in mucus membranes, on the eyes and in the [Read More]

The wild weirdness of topological insulators

The wild weirdness of topological insulators

For more than 200 years, physicists have wanted to understand why electricity flows through some materials and not [Read More]

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