To survive rising seas, Boston may need to 'make' land again
To save itself from sea level rise, Boston may need to rely on a practice it put in the past: filling the shoreline. That will require thoughtful changes to regulations, I argue in an opinion piece.
WBUR Cognoscenti, June 15, 2021
The uneven rise of the healthy workplace
While office buildings are getting cleaner air, work environments whose shortcomings were exposed by the coronavirus are in danger of being left behind.
Boston Globe, April 15, 2021
Boston Globe Magazine, October 28, 2020
Boston Globe, April 19, 2020
Reversal of fortune?
Despite its complicated legacy, urban renewal’s success stories could help forge vibrant paths for Boston’s future.
ArchitectureBoston, February 6, 2020
Ed Logue and the birth of modern Boston
A new biography of the planner responsible for empowering Boston’s redevelopment agency challenges a long-held, simple narrative.
Boston Globe, October 18, 2019
Technology Review, April 24, 2019
Boston Globe, December 6, 2018
Your family and friends will be able to interact with a digital “you” that doles out advice—even when you’re gone.
Technology Review, October 18, 2018
The legacy of Scott Pruitt on the EPA and the environment
Though he held office for less than two years, Pruitt set a precedent for fundamental changes at the EPA that could last a generation.
Architect, September 21, 2018
Harvard Magazine, June 19, 2018
Boston vs. the rising tide
Boston's history was shaped by its tides; with sea level rise, so will its future.
Boston Globe, April 28, 2018
ArchitectureBoston, March 1, 2018
InsideClimate News, September 21, 2017
Denied more lab space for her pioneering research, Nancy Hopkins whipped out her tape measure. What she found sparked a movement to address gender bias in science.
Technology Review, August 16, 2017
It's all too clear
Boston wants to fight climate change. So why is every new building made of glass?
Boston Globe, July 16, 2017
In understanding schizophrenia, genes have “an awful lot to say.”
Harvard Magazine, June 28, 2017
The residential macrosystem
Managed collectively, backyards could become more biodiverse landscapes.
Anthropocene, June 21, 2017
Freshwater's macro microplastic problem
Fibers from our clothes are choking freshwater bodies with microplastic pollution. Solving the problem won’t be easy.
Americans are exposed to more pollutants indoors than outdoors. One solution: Create buildings that breathe cleanly.
Next City, April 18, 2017
Scaling up sustainability from buildings to cities
A new era of programs aims to apply high-performance design practices beyond one-off projects to entire communities.
NOVA Next, January 18, 2017
Infant brains reveal how the mind gets built
An ambitious new study put infants into an MRI machine to reveal a neural organization similar to that of adults. ***Featured in Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire, a collection of science writing from Quanta Magazine.
Quanta/The Atlantic, January 13, 2017
Next City, December 21, 2016
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. ***Winner of the 2017 David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism - News from the American Geophysical Union
CityLab, December 19, 2016
Architect, December 5, 2016
Technology Review, November 9, 2016
Cook's Science, October 17, 2016
Politico, September 28, 2016
Architect, September 1, 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
The Boston Globe, August 11, 2016
Cities are not as big a deal as you think
By making "urban" synonymous with "city," we miss the realities of where we live and how our sprawling ways are changing the world.
The molecular me, tracing the history of the gene
A review of Siddhartha Mukherjee's new sprawling history of the science of genetics and its societal implications.
The Boston Globe, May 15, 2016
Defining parks for the social good
Olmsted's Yosemite Report reveals the social and political arguments behind both urban and rural parks.
Boston Globe, August 9, 2015
Have we hit peak whiteness?
Our obsession with cleanliness is running afoul of scientific reality.
Could pavement get smarter?
Critter crossings, sensitive bridges, and other ways to re-imagine good old asphalt.
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.
Why we should let the Pantheon crack
John Ochsendorf is trying to prove that historical buildings are more stable than we give them credit for.
Boston Globe, February 8, 2015
Fixing the fix
Some surprising new weapons are in development to aid those battling addiction.
Robb Report Health & Wellness, December 29, 2014
Technology Review, December 12, 2014
Boston Globe, November 30, 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 city is an ecosystem, pipes and all
Ecologists are starting to understand cities as ecosystems, but managing them that way is another challenge.
Boston Globe, November 7, 2014
The body electric
The bionic vision of Hugh Herr, from prosthetic limbs to movement enhanced with exoskeletons.
Technology Review, October 21, 2014
Technology Review, September 25, 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
A speech synthesizer direct to the brain
Recordings from the brain’s surface are giving scientists unprecedented views into how the brain controls speech.
Technology Review, July 9, 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
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
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
Shared decision-making: on the same page
Increasingly, there’s a notion that medical decisions should be shared, but can doctors and patients learn to work together?
Greening health care
Health care leaders tackle longstanding environmental challenges.
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
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 science of cities: life in the concrete jungle
Urban ecology research is aiming to help cities make better decisions to improve the urban environment.
Nature, November 20, 2012
Do you really need a knee replacement?
Knee replacements are on the rise, but the decision to get one is not always straightforward.
Boston Globe, October 22, 2012
Boston Globe, October 21, 2012
Technology Review, August 29, 2012
Boston's lost island neighborhood
How a never-built floating wonderland could spark ambitions for the city’s future.
Boston Globe, July 29, 2012
The true faces of emotion
Scientists debate the universality of facial expressions and the emotions they show.
New Scientist, July 25, 2012
Boston Globe, June 24, 2012
Technology Review, May 15, 2012
The traumatized brain
Researchers are trying to understand how to treat traumatic brain injuries.
Harvard Magazine, March 1, 2012
Scientists are beginning to study what lives in the environments where we spend most of our time.
Science, February 10, 2012
The mystery behind anesthesia
Studying the brain under anesthesia could shed light on consciousness.
Technology Review, January 1, 2012
Boston Globe, December 11, 2011
Regulations threaten the raw materials of perfumery; technology struggles to catch up.
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
Boston Globe, February 14, 2010
Seed Magazine, April 1, 2009
Gourmet, September 5, 2008