Children’s magazine articles

I write occasional articles for MUSE, a science and discovery magazine for kids ages 9-14 (published by Cricket Media). These articles are great fun–I get to research fascinating topics, talk to fascinating people, and do my best to write about them in a fascinating way.

Here’s a list of all my articles to date:

The Bubbler

All about the Bubbler, Madison Public Library’s amazing makerspace (with a very Wisconsin name).

Fun for Everyone

How do people design playgrounds and children’s museums so kids with disabilities and sensory-processing disorders can join in the fun?

This article was especially fun to write because I featured one of my favorite places in my town — the Madison Children’s Museum.

The Motion of the Heart

In the 1600s, William Harvey became the first person to figure out how the human circulatory system actually works.

This article explains how Harvey developed his radical theory. It also introduces an Arab physician named Ibn al-Nafis who discovered a key part of circulation 300 years earlier.

Greetings from Earth

What will it take to talk to ETs, a.k.a. extraterrestrials?

This article explores our attempts to communicate with extraterrestrial, intelligent life forms, from the Pioneer Plaques and the Voyager Golden Records of the 1970s to today’s Breakthrough Initiatives.

Real Sports, Virtual Reality

Virtual and augmented reality are changing the way we watch and play sports. Today, you can sit courtside at a basketball game being played thousands of miles away. Soon you’ll be able to play tennis against a hologram.

This article also explores the rise of competitive video game leagues.

Need a Lift?

Okay, so maybe elevators aren’t the most exciting things to contemplate. But super advanced elevators will shape future city skylines. One day, they might even take us into space!

Science at Work

A biometric scientist answers questions about her work, which involves figuring out how to identify people by their body odor.

(That’s right–your B.O. is as unique to you as your fingerprints!)