Monday, July 27, 2015

Wildlife Trafficking, Cybersecurity & Turtle Sex

Hey folks! Happy Monday!

Last week saw the publication of two big new features, both of which I feel have already had a pretty big impact. I can't believe how many emails and tweets I got about them.

Here's the first, probably my longest article to date for TakePart, which managed to predict at least one thing that later came true:

Obama in Kenya: What the President Can Do This Weekend to Help End Poaching

And here's the second feature, my latest technology careers piece for IEEE-USA InSight:

Cybersecurity Professionals: The Government Wants You [Seriously, if you know any smart kids or young professionals, point 'em toward this career.]

Next up, my latest "Extinction Countdown" article for Scientific American, a follow-up to one of this year's most popular articles:

No Motherhood Yet for 100-Year-Old Turtle

Finally, here are two more wildlife-related news articles for TakePart:

Climate Change and Mosquitoes: A Deadly Combination for Hawaii's Rare Birds

Canine Cops Target Ivory Smugglers in Africa

That's it for this time around! Join me next Monday for more or follow me on Twitter for the latest links as they happen.

Monday, July 20, 2015

My Own Private Shark Week (and other stories)

Discovery Channel's annual "Shark Week" programming may be over, but that didn't stop me from having my own shark week, with two new articles about Sharks for TakePart and Scientific American:

A Tech Billionaire’s Plan to Save Endangered Sharks and Coral Reefs

Three Angel Shark Species Proposed for Protection

I also wrote two other endangered species stories for SciAm and TakePart:

World's Biggest Bumblebee at Risk of Extinction

Groups Ask Obama Administration to Protect Critically Endangered Pangolins

My last of this week's headlines comes from IEEE's The Institute, where I once again profile the annual Presidents' Scholarship winner (one of my favorite gigs of the year):

High School Student Designs a ‘Wheelchair’ That Lets Users Stand Up

That's it for this week. Make sure to tune in next Monday for more links, or follow me on Twitter for headlines as they happen!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Wolves, Monkeys and Apps Developers

Triskaidekaphobia is a thing. Don't judge me.
It's Monday the 13th and I should probably be superstitious but I have too many projects on my plate to be nervous. (Yes, I know Monday the 13th isn't a thing, but it should be.)

Anyway, last week saw several projects get off my plate and into the world. Here are the first two, my latest "Extinction Countdown" articles for Scientific American:

Wolves and Monkeys: Unusual Hunting Buddies

Endangered Antelope with Fur More Valuable Than Gold on Its Way to Recovery

Next up, two new wildlife/environment articles for TakePart:

Plastic Bags Are Killing Fish—but Not in the Way You Might Think

Will the Drought Topple California’s Towering Redwoods?

And finally this week, here's my latest for IEEE's The Institute:

IEEE/IBM Watson Student Contest Wants App Developers

Lots more in the days and weeks ahead -- assuming I make it through today, of course!

Monday, July 6, 2015

What do whales and jobs have in common?

What do whales and jobs have in common? Easy: they're the subjects of my articles from last week:

A New Threat to Whales: Snake-Oil Salesmen

Poaching Could Cost Africa Millions of Jobs

Those were both for TakePart, by the way.

I've been working at kind of half my normal levels for the past two weeks (which was almost, kinda, sorta like a vacation), but I'm back to full speed ahead starting today. Expect a whole bunch of new articles for all of my regular publishers over the next week and beyond!