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 and analysis site written by academics for a general audience. I’m the Deputy Managing Editor and editor of the Energy & Environment desk. (more)

Previously, 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.

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).

At Xconomy, my coverage focused on science and engineering-based startups. Some of society’s biggest challenges in energy, computer science, and healthcare require companies to commercialize novel science, which can take years and require lots of capital. It’s difficult to find patient investors willing to make those kinds of bets. Some stories on that theme:

How to Build an Atomic Startup

Helion prototypeWhy long-term funding matters to all young companies trying to solve tough technical problems in energy, tech, and biotech. Xconomy

 

Startups Race to Solve Looming Medical Isotope Problem

Small companies with a mix of government grants and angel investment try to forestall a global medical supply chain crunch.

The Future of Cleantech Is Here–It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed

A series of stories in Xconomy on clean technology investing and entrepreneurship. The great clean-tech bubble burst long ago, but investors are entrepreneurs are still trying to innovate in energy and environment but using different strategies.

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Why Cleantech Investing Has Morphed Into Energy and Sustainability

How States Can Build a Cleantech Funding Pipeline

Is Clean Energy the Sleeper Tech Industry in Boston?

Cleantech startups Seek to Scrub Dirty Industries, not Kill Them Off

 

For several years, my coverage has focused on technologies related to energy and environment. Some recent examples.

Tech Entrepreneurs Warm to Urban Agriculture

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VW Bus Runs on Solar Panels, Really

What I thought was a CTO’s vanity project turns out to have practical applications. (Xconomy)

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Taking the Electric Bike Copenhagen Wheel for a Spin

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A high-tech electrically powered wheel takes you from zero to 20 mpg in a few turns of the pedals. Along the way, it acts as a sensor in a smart-city data-collection network.

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Slideshow: A Farm Takes Root on a Roof in South Boston

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A Big Bet on How to Store Grid Energy Cheaply

ICAES Sept2013There’s a technology race going on to develop a cheap, reliable, and safe energy storage system for the grid that can store multiple hours of energy to back up wind and solar and even replace power plants. Many companies are pushing novel batteries. But there’s a whole other group engineers working with basic materials–air, steel, water, gravel–hoping they can get there first with mechanical systems.

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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

 

I’ve covered energy primarily as a technology and business beat, but before getting into energy and environment, I wrote about technology and science–and continued doing so at Xconomy. Some examples:

The Next Must-Have Gadget: A Telepresence Robot

Advances in consumer electronics has brought the price down for pedestal-shaped robots on wheels. Xconomy

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Inside a Quantum Dot Factory

The stuff of super crisp TV monitors starts in a test tube outside Boston. (Xconomy)

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A Town Where the Robots Roam Free

Another series of stories in Xconomy on robotics, including a scoop on an industry coalition to build a world-class robotics cluster that includes a whole town devoted to testing self-driving cars.

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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

Artificial Intelligence is Growing Up

The tech industry’s biggest companies are betting on an AI comeback, but not everyone’s thrilled with the future of AI. (Xconomy)

Software, More Than Battery Breakthroughs, Unlocks Grid Energy Storage