Sometimes a journalist researches and writes an article and it's online that same day. Sometimes the process takes four, five or six months -- or more. This week embodied both of those extremes.
Consumers Digest (pictured). This article took seven months from assignment to publication -- most of which was spent researching, interviewing and reporting -- and I'm pretty darned proud of it. This article won't appear online as far as I can tell, but it should turn up on newsstands this week.
In other publication news, my latest two "Extinction Countdown" articles appeared at Scientific American:
Giant Tusked Insect Saved from Extinction (Just in the Nick of Time)
Blue-Footed Boobies Have Stopped Breeding—But Why?
And here's my latest article for TakePart:
Here's What Happened When a Family's Car Caught Fire in the Middle of a Lion Safari
And finally, here are a whole bunch of history, climate and science-related articles for Mother Nature Network:
Cooler summer predicted for Northeast, Great Lakes
10 things you didn't know about Johnny Appleseed
The strange history of the man-eating lions of Tsavo
Now you can use Google Street View to go back in time
Richard Proenneke: The man who showed us how to be alone in the wilderness
Graphene discovery: A low-end kitchen blender can make a high-end batch of this valuable material
That's it for this week (and I'm sure it was plenty!). Make sure to follow me on Twitter for links to more articles as they go live. Otherwise, I'll see you next Monday for another list of links!
Monday, April 28, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
The Internet of Things: The Next Big Thing for Technology Careers
Next up, two new "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American:
Bat-Killing Fungus Now Found in 25 U.S. States
Alligator Snapping Turtles, the Dinosaurs of the Turtle World, Are Actually 3 at-Risk Species
On a related note, here's an article for the May 2014 issue of Scientific American, adapted from one of my earlier online articles:
Continued Protection for the Regal Island Raptor
And finally this week, here's my latest article (a good wildlife success story) for TakePart:
Freedom! 130 Bears to Be Rescued From Chinese Bile Farm
I have quite a few new articles pending publication over the next week or three -- stay tuned for links as they go live!
Monday, April 14, 2014
One of my favorite beats is covering technology careers. Here's my latest feature for IEEE's The Institute:
How to Get Hired in the Automotive Industry
The beat that makes makes my heat beat is endangered species. Here are my three latest "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American, followed by one more related article for TakePart:
First-Ever Video of Critically Endangered Myanmar Snub-Nosed Monkeys
Killifishes Killed Off: 2 Fish Species May Be Extinct in the Wild
Weekend Species Snapshot: Spix’s Macaw
If This Oil Spill Isn't Cleaned Up, Endangered Sea Turtles Will Get a Crude Awakening
I also love covering anything that has to do with the environment, as in these articles for Mother Nature Network:
Infrared radiation could be the next big source of renewable energy
Deserts don't just absorb carbon dioxide, they squirrel it away for safekeeping
Another cause of California's drought: Pot farms
I have other subjects that I love to write about: entrepreneurship, philanthropy, comic books, history, new technologies... and yes, I have articles on all of those subjects coming up soon.
Anyway, that's it for this week's article list. Join me next Monday for more links from most of these same beats.
Monday, April 7, 2014
(There are a lot of them.)
But until those pieces turn up, here are last week's five fresh new articles -- from the pages of Scientific American, TakePart and Mother Nature Network -- presented for your eyeballs and enjoyment:
Unusual Night Lizard Returns after Eradication of Invasive Species
Sunday Species Snapshot: Puerto Rican Parrot
Sweet save! Firefighter Rescues Boa Constrictor Named Chocolate Chip From Burning House
Voila! Electric scooter folds up into a briefcase
Emoticon evolution: 21 different emotions mapped by new computer program
Come back next Monday for more -- or follow me on Twitter for links as they happen.