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The Holy Grail of the portable hardware-hacking lab: A cordless soldering iron that actually works.

Gear Reviews, Reviews and InterviewsApril 25, 2017

All electronics kits are not created equal. Between the OpenROV, Oceanography for Everyone, and hack-a-thons around the world, my work has taken me out of the lab and into the field, fantail, and classroom to build instruments, hack oceanographic equipment, and train next generation of open-science oceanographers. This has placed a huge new demand on […]

Trying to debunk the aquatic ape hypothesis… or not. Or the day I tried to defend David Attenborough.

Reviews and InterviewsSeptember 16, 2016

The so-called aquatic ape hypothesis is one that has attracted a lot of attention and much derision. In 1960, British marine biologist Alistair Hardy posited the idea that humans might once have had an aquatic phase (or more accurately a semi-aquatic phases, spending some time in a watery habitat but a significant amount of time […]

Before the Lights Go Out – Alternative Energy and America’s Grid

Book Review, climate change, Natural Science, ScienceApril 25, 2012

Fossil fuels, photovoltaics, clean coal, wind turbines, hydroelectic dams, nuclear reactors, hydraulic fracturing. For all the discussions of energy independence, sustainable energy, renewable fuels, one word is often painfully absent: grid. America’s electrical grid has evolved from Edison electric generators and a few, uninsulated, wires in New York and Wisconsin to a massive, and massively inefficient, […]

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