Science Journalism

Michelangelo D'Agostino

Michelangelo D'Agostino
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Hear me talk about the physics of pasta on NPR's Marketplace, August 16, 2005.

My South Pole and Antarctica blog: Michelangelo On Ice.

Below you'll find my clippings from the Economist, the Berkeley Science Review, and Physical Review Focus, arranged somewhat chronologically. Unfortunately, some of links require a subscription. I've tried to post as many pdf's as possible.

"Gotcha!", Economist-November 22, 2010. Number nine on the most-recommended list for the week.

"Dr. Hawking's Bright Idea", Economist-September 30, 2010. Lead article of the science section. Number five on the most-recommended list for the week.

"Ye Cannae Change the Laws of Physics", Economist-September 2, 2010. Lead article of the science section. Number one on the most-recommended and most-read lists for the week.

"A Healthy Relationship", Economist-August 11, 2010.

"Light Fantastic" (or "Schrödinger's Cat and Mouse" in the print edition), Economist-July 28, 2010. Technology Monitor on hacking quantum cryptography systems.

"Infectious Personalities", Economist-May 13, 2010.

"An Early Christmas Present?", Economist-December 17, 2009.

"Techs and the City", Economist-July 27, 2008. A five-part journal on science in the Bay Area, part of their Correspondent's Diary series. Made it two number two on the most-recommended list of articles for the week.

"Direction Changes of Insect Swarms", Physical Review Focus-July 23, 2010.

"The Nanostructure of Buildings and Bridges", Physical Review Focus-May 7, 2010.

"Fruit Fly Aerial Maneuver Explained", Physical Review Focus-April 9, 2010.

"Swimming Microbes Change Fluid Viscosity", Physical Review Focus-March 15, 2010.

"So Close, Yet So Far", Physical Review Focus-October 16, 2009.

"Stones from Sticks", Physical Review Focus-October 2, 2009.

"The Electric Slide", Physical Review Focus-June 8, 2009.

"The Price of Prejudice", Economist-January 17, 2009. This piece on implicit bias was the lead article of the science section.

"Blowin' In the Wind", Economist-November 27, 2008.

"Schrödinger's Drum", Physical Review Focus-November 11, 2008.

"Spot Prices", Economist-September 17, 2008. Technology Monitor column on high-tech parking management.

"Antimatter Bounces Off Matter", Physical Review Focus-August 11, 2008.

"Thermal Explosions on Film", Physical Review Focus-June 9, 2008.

"Doctor On Call", Economist-May 15, 2008.

"Wanted: Einstein Jr.", Economist-March 8, 2008.

"Call of the Wild", Economist-March 8, 2008. This was a larger briefing written by one of the science correspondents. I contribued on-the-ground reporting from San Francisco's Chinatown and wrote the lede.

"Of Ice and Men", Economist-February 18, 2008. A five-part journal from Antarctica, part of their Correspondent's Diary series.

"Snow Place Like Home", Economist-January 19, 2008. From the Pole--the dedication of the new South Pole Station. Photo's mine too.

"A Lithium Imbalance", Economist-June 9, 2007

"To Coldly Go", Economist-March 31, 2007. My special report on Antarctica.

"Concrete possibilities", Economist-Technology Quarterly, September 23, 2006

"In the matter of Berkeley v. Berkeley"(Berkeley and Intelligent Design), Berkeley Science Review, Spring 2006

"Accidence and substance"(second half), Economist, April 6, 2006

"Faster, Higher, Smarter", Economist, February 11, 2006

"ESP for ESP's", Economist, December 17, 2005

"Much ado about nothing", Economist, October 22, 2005

"Websites of mass description", Economist-Technology Quarterly, September 17th, 2005

"Dermatology for 'droids", Economist, August 20th, 2005

"Pasta alla fisica", Economist, August 13th, 2005

"To be, or not to be", Economist, August 6th, 2005

"Rules of engagement", Economist, July 23, 2005

"Obituary: Jack Kilby", Economist, July 9, 2005

"Dispatches from the void", Economist, July 9, 2005

"Star-spangled slammer", Economist, July 2, 2005

"Ripples in the sands of time", Economist, June 25, 2005

"I'm on the train", Economist, June 18, 2005

"Sail of the century", Economist, June 18, 2005

"The truth will out", Economist, June 11, 2005

"Paying through the nose", Economist, June 4, 2005

"Book Review: A Machine To Make a Future", Berkeley Science Review, Spring 2005

"BOINC!", Berkeley Science Review, Fall 2005

"Read Any Good Books Lately?", Berkeley Science Review, Fall 2005