Published Writing

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Sarah Richardson studies how science redefines sex and gender—and how those ideas, in turn, shape science—from the discovery of chromosomes to the genomic age. I profiled her for Harvard Magazine.

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What can—or can't—DNA extracted from ancient skeletons tell us about primeval human migrations, the origin of our species, and whether the genesis of modern humanity can be told from our genes at all?

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Olga Russakovsky says we can make "smart" machines "fair" // The Smart Enough City asks if we want them to be "smart" in the first place // Janet Vertesi lists the fallacies that trick us into designing unethical technology.

Can the animal rights and animal liberation movements avoid letting racists and opportunists set the agenda in animal-focused response to COVID-19?

In the microscopic structures of butterfly wings, a reminder that evolution paints with colors humans cannot see, and even the most seemingly static structures are brimming with life. 

When genetics is discussed in public (and, regrettably, in scientific  circles), a whole lot of oxygen gets sucked up by wondering "how much"  of a given trait is "determined" by nature versus by nurture  ("the environment"). It turns out they're inextricable.

Ken Liu's The Hidden Girl and Other Stories grapples with the phantoms, spirits, and memories that keepp us human

A new map of the sun's neighborhood yields a remarkable discovery: the local arm of the Milky Way a 9,000-light-year tendril of dust and gas, seems to undulate up and down through the galactic disk.

Science and journalism are both reckoning with cracks in their 20th century claims to objectivity. I explore the historical entanglement of science journalism and science advocacy, and ask what a just and democratic future looks like for science journalism.