I’m a Boston-based reporter and editor with many years of experience writing about energy and environment, technology, science, and business. In January, I began working at The Conversation, a news analysis and commentary site written by academics for a general audience. I’m the Deputy Editor and editor of the Energy & Environment desk. (Here’s a recent Boston Globe profile of The Conversation.)

Before joining The Conversation, I was the national correspondent at Xconomy covering emerging technology and energy for entrepreneurs and investors. I also wrote regularly for MIT Technology Review, IEEE Spectrum, the Boston Globe, the Guardian Sustainable Business, Greentech Media, GreenBiz, and Scientific American. You can see stories by topic from the menu above.

Previously, I worked for 10 years at tech news site CNET, where I was the lead reporter and manager of the Green Tech blog. During the dotcom boom and bust, I was the executive editor of enterprise tech publication InfoWorld (bio).

Some selected articles on science, technology, energy and environment:

Is This the Age of Alternative Nuclear Power?

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Next-generation nuclear technologies are designed to be safer and less expensive than the widely used light water reactor. Some ideas for getting better nuclear out the labs and into the market. (IEEE Spectrum)

 

 

A Low-Energy Way to Clean CO2 from Power Plants

MIT technology would remove CO2 with a simple battery-like device that uses less energy than current methods. The Boston Globe

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Ambri’s Better Battery

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A tiny startup called Ambri wants to transform our energy system with massive liquid-metal batteries. (MIT Technology Review)

 

 

 

 

 

Fracking: a proving ground for water technologies

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The energy industry’s growing demand for water is spurring water-treatment innovation that could spill over into other sectors (The Guardian)

 

 

 

MIT Tech Review’s Disruptive Technologies: Additive Manufacturing

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GE is making jet engine parts using additive manufacturing, a technology that could revitalize many advanced manufacturing sectors.

 

 

A Big Bet on How to Store Grid Energy Cheaply

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In the race to develop cheaper energy storage for the electricity grid, a group of startups and academics are building mechanical systems, rather than batteries, that use basic materials–air, steel, water, gravel. (Smithsonian magazine online)

 

 

Electric Grid, You Have Software Updates Available

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Researchers are developing software that will let renewable energy flow into and out of a decentralized power grid like data on the Internet

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Nuclear Startups Reimagine Atomic Energy11nuclear08[1]

Driven by worries over climate change and global energy use, young entrepreneurs are taking on the daunting task of building the next generation of nuclear power. The Boston Globe

The Robots are Coming

A series of stories in Xconomy on robotics

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A Town Where the Robots Roam FreeThe Next Must-Have Gadget: A Telepresence Robot 

Workhorse Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Robots

Robots That are Ready to Work, in Pictures

Rosie the Maid 2.0: a Hotel Robot Gets to Work

Drone Startups Seek Profit in Software and the Cloud–Not Hardware