“Readers need to understand that science is not truth: It is a self-correcting search for truth. The fact that scientists don’t always agree is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign that the process is working correctly.” 

Columbia Journalism Review, March 20, 2015


Guardians of the Flame: Parting Thoughts on Science, Journalism, and Progress 

My one-year term as acting director of Knight Science Journalism at MIT—the world's leading fellowship program for science and technology journalists—ended on June 30, 2015. In these parting thoughts, I tried to explain why I'm an optimist, not just about the future prospects for science and technology journalists and allied craftspeople, but about the future of our species.

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Apple Watch: The First Wearable Device Worth Wearing 

As a lifelong gadget geek and Apple fan—and as Xconomy's former San Francisco editor and consumer technology columnist—I couldn't ignore the company's first new product since the iPad in 2010. Click through below for my review of the Apple Watch. (The longer I wear it, the more I like it.)

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Covering Innovation and Ideas from Boston to Silicon Valley


Nobody needs a PhD in the history of technology to be a technology journalist—but it doesn't hurt. Since finishing my degree at MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society in 1994, I've worked to move beyond the "gee whiz" approach to science and technology writing and help readers balance wonder with skepticism. In my stories for ScienceTechnology ReviewXconomy, and other publications, I aimed to look inside the organizations where big advances take shape, ask how these changes will alter our culture and our economy, and show readers what they can do to respond and adapt.

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