Archive for May, 2012

Making the Leap from News to Books: Critical Questions

Authors of science books often begin as writers of science news. As a science journalist who is looking to write a book, I’ve become very curious as to how other science journalists made the leap forward. I suspected that the questions that go into books might be different from those that drive newspaper and magazine […]

Natural Habitat: Ed Yong

The Open Notebook visits the working lair (and local pub and deer-filled park) of Ed Yong, London-based freelance science journalist and creator of the award-winning blog Not Exactly Rocket Science. (Caution for those with small children hovering: Ed has a bit of a potty mouth midway through. Just a bit. It’s mild. The kids’ll be fine.)

Helen Pearson Profiles an Activist Turned Scientist

A good profile of a scientist goes beyond the science itself—and that’s why Helen Pearson’s ears perked up when she learned the personal story of Joe Thornton, a University of Oregon evolutionary biologist whose first career was as a Greenpeace activist, fighting the release of toxic industrial chemicals. Pearson wanted to know what makes Thornton […]

Ask TON: Using Quotes

Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: A recent NASW post quotes a Slate editor as saying, “We hate quotations at Slate. We almost never use quotes. They don’t do anything. They waste the readers’ time. Only use quotes when you can’t say it better yourself.” Wow! What do other writers and editors think […]

Natural Habitat: Cassandra Willyard

The Open Notebook visits the office of Brooklyn-based freelancer Cassandra Willyard, who writes for many excellent publications and blogs at the always-riveting The Last Word on Nothing. Cassie tells us that she went a little bonkers and took more than 100 photos of her office; she whittled it down to a smaller number for us, but you can find more photos and details about her office here.

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee Weaves a Tale of Scientific Rivalry and Nobel Celebration

The three cosmologists who shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics for the 1998 discovery of the accelerating universe were only a few of the dozens of scientists, working on two competing teams, who contributed to the discovery. In a show of team-spirited solidarity, those fortunate enough to be recognized by the Nobel committee invited […]

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