Articles

A selection of my published features and news stories

Where forests work harder
A new study shows that trees in the Boston region grow faster and store more carbon as biomass the closer they are to developed areas.

CityLab, December 19, 2016

Living the dream of a net-zero house
The growing number of firms offering energy-efficient modular designs has made a high-performance residence accessible to more people.

Architect, August 29, 2016

Could pavement get smarter?
Critter crossings, sensitive bridges, and other ways to re-imagine good old asphalt.

Politico, July 23, 2015

The making of MIT's Collier Memorial
J. Meejin Yoon, head of MIT's architecture department, commemorates fallen campus police officer Sean Collier with vaults of solid granite.

Architect, May 22, 2015

Fixing the fix
Some surprising new weapons are in development to aid those battling addiction.

Robb Report Health & Wellness, December 29, 2014

Drug development: A complicated path
Only one drug is available to treat sickle-cell disease, but a wave of investment and industry attention is set to turn the tide.

Nature Outlook, November 13, 2014

The body electric
The bionic vision of Hugh Herr, from prosthetic limbs to movement enhanced with exoskeletons.

Technology Review, October 21, 2014

Was the human brain unleashed?
The human cortex is not just bigger than that of other mammals, it's wired differently. Why?

Harvard Magazine, September 1, 2014

Will cities of the future be built of wood?
Skyscrapers made of wood? It's not the material we associate with dense cities, but there's a movement to revisit this age-old material in new urban buildings.

Boston Globe, July 6, 2014

What am I thinking about you?
A Q&A with MIT neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe explores the uniquely social human brain.

Technology Review, July 1, 2014

Brain mapping
A new map, a decade in the works, shows structures of the brain in far greater detail than ever before.

Technology Review, May 1, 2014

Climate change may mean more crime
What are the social costs of climate change? Provocative new studies suggest conflicts and crime may rise with temperatures.

Boston Globe, March 2, 2014

Dirty water is not forever
The Charles River overcomes its polluted reputation with its first public swim in decades.

Boston Globe, December 29, 2013

Latency: a sleeping giant
Most people infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis never get disease, but predicting who will is turning out to be a complex problem.

Nature Outlook, October 10, 2013

Life's beginnings
Studying how life bloomed on Earth--and might emerge elsewhere.

Harvard Magazine, September 1, 2013

Re-designing product design
MIT's Neri Oxman wants designers not just to dream up new products but to change the way they’re made.

Technology Review, June 18, 2013

Greening health care
Health care leaders tackle longstanding environmental challenges.

Ensia, May 29, 2013

The too-smart city?
We’re already building the metropolis of the future—green, wired, even helpful. Now critics are starting to ask whether we’ll really want to live there.

Boston Globe, May 19, 2013

Research gems
Universities, health organizations and government groups are amassing huge biobanks to help scientists probe the origins and development of human disease.

Proto Magazine, March 1, 2013

The true faces of emotion
Scientists debate the universality of facial expressions and the emotions they show.

New Scientist, July 25, 2012

The traumatized brain
Researchers are trying to understand how to treat traumatic brain injuries.

Harvard Magazine, March 1, 2012

Indoor ecosystems
Scientists are beginning to study what lives in the environments where we spend most of our time.

Science, February 10, 2012

The olfactory
Regulations threaten the raw materials of perfumery; technology struggles to catch up.

Wired, November 1, 2011

A whiff of history
When smells vanish, we lose a whole dimension of the world. Now there’s a movement to change that.

Boston Globe, July 17, 2011