My Review of “Voices In the Ocean” In The New York Times Book Review

voices in the ocean review

Dolphins can use their sonar to detect the difference between pieces of copper and aluminum. Their relatives were hoofed, wolf-like animals that returned to the oceans some 55 million years ago. They have brains that seemed better built for empathy than our own. In short, dolphins are fascinating subjects. So I was thrilled to be asked to …

The Guts of a Microbiome: I Sequenced My Family’s Poo for Science–and for NPR

About a year and a half ago I learned that the epicenter of citizen microbiome science is just a half-hour away from my house. So, naturally, I wanted to give them my poo.* And my dog's, too. (The results of the quest are detailed in a four-part series on NPR's Shots blog) More specifically, I wanted to …

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013 is out today!

This year's anthology The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013, edited by Siddhartha Mukherjee and Tim Folger is out today from Houghton Mifflin! It's an incredible collection that I feel honored to be included in. My article The Patient Scientist from Scientific American is featured in the collection. In it, I follow the amazing story of Ralph …