Staff science writer, I also blog for "ScienceStuff" and co-host the "ScienceStuff" podcast. A former high school English teacher, I become a reporter for the Tullahoma News in Tennessee, later joining the staff of the Covington News in Georgia.

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Sep 18, 2013 07:26 AM ET
Infectious diseases have inflicted a great deal of damage throughout the centuries, decimating entire populations. Here are some of the worst mankind has ever seen.
Jan 30, 2013 03:00 AM ET
Ever wonder how we could stop an asteroid in its tracks if it were hurtling toward us? Here are 10 ideas for dodging that galactic bullet.
Oct 28, 2009 05:17 PM ET
There's nothing like a good horror story in space*. I grew up watching Sigourney Weaver outsmart xenomorphs in her underwear and subsequently spent a little too much time reading the likes of Stephen King's "I am the Doorway," H.P. Lovecraft's "In the Walls of Eryx" and John Steakley's "Armor."  As a result, it's hard for [...]
Nov 23, 2010 12:38 PM ET
The human brain allows for logic and feeling, which partly why the scientific and religious worlds continue to butt heads.
Jan 6, 2011 09:39 AM ET
People are capturing experiences instead of having experiences.
Dec 6, 2010 06:48 PM ET
As we look to our future amid the stars, solar sail technology gives us a compelling opportunity: the chance to hitch a ride on light.
Sep 28, 2010 02:50 PM ET
The number of reported tornadoes is going up. Is this the result of improvements in tornado-hunting methods, or is something changing in North America's climate?
Jun 28, 2010 01:05 PM ET
Nearly 40 years have passed since our last journey to the moon and future plans for NASA don't seem to include jaunts to the Sea of Tranquility. So are we going back to the moon? You bet we are.
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