What I’m working on: For the past six months, I’ve been getting used to being a columnist for the New York Times. It’s an incredible honor, but a weekly column is also a big shift from my previous work rhythm. By the weekend I need an idea for the next column, by Tuesday I need to have it researched […]
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Science is practiced by people, and people never work in isolation. Scientists train their students, who grow up to be scientists in their own right and train students to follow in their own footsteps. Along the way, scientific dynasties emerge, working together to establish new ways of thinking and applying their ideas to new problems. […]
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 […]
Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: I’ve heard people say it’s important not to be afraid to ask “dumb” questions. What is your favorite “dumb” interview question when interviewing scientists? What has gotten you the most useful results?
We’re continuing our birthday celebration today with a second installment of Ask TON. (Are you wondering what the heck we’re talking about? Check here for background and check here for our introductory installment of Ask TON.) Today’s question: I will be attending a scientific meeting in a few months. About 6000 scientists will be there. I’d […]
If ever you feel alone in the universe, perhaps you can take comfort in the knowledge that in fact, you are never without the company of the thousands of microbial species residing in your body’s every crevice. Collectively, they operate like an invisible organ, and they are essential to our health. As Carl Zimmer masterfully […]