Hello! Here’s a sneak peek at some articles I’ve published in Cricket Media’s award-winning magazines, Ask and Muse. They explore topics in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). You can find complete issues at the Cricket Media Store.

Slow and Steady in the Galápagos Islands: Conservationists Race to Save Giant Tortoises

Muse Magazine, September 2022

In 2012 Lonesome George, the last remaining Pinta Island tortoise, died in his corral. He’d been brought to a captive breeding program in his native Galápagos Islands, but he never bred. Two other giant tortoise species were already extinct. Read on to see how conservationists are working hard to repopulate other giant tortoise species, which serve as keystone species for the Galápagos and play a critical role in the survival of a variety of plants and animals.

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Camoufleurs and the Art of War: Artists Use Optical Illusions to Win Wars and Save Lives

Muse Magazine, January 2022

During the final year of World War I, strange things were afoot in New York City’s Van Cortland Park. Rocks and trees were moving and calling out across the landscape. But New Yorkers weren’t hallucinating! They were witnessing a specialized military unit in action. Camoufleurs from the Women’s Reserve Camouflage Corps were practicing the new military science of camouflage and developing techniques to protect American troops in combat.

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The Color No One Can See

Ask magazine, November/December 2020

As you walk through the art museum, you spot a weird black shape. What is it? It looks like someone punched a hole in the room. From the side, you can see the outline of a head. But there are no glints of light from the nose. No dark shadows under the chin. Just…black. The blackest black there is. What is this stuff? Who made it? And where can you get some?

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A Font of Knowledge: Can a Typeface Help Someone Read?

Muse magazine, October 2020

Many smart and creative students find reading exhausting. Christian Boer, a Dutch graphic designer with dyslexia can certainly relate. His graduation project at the University of the Arts Utrecht required so much reading, he thought he’d never finish! Then his teacher asked him to describe what reading with dyslexia was like. A light switched on! Why not start a new project and redesign the alphabet?

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3D Printing to the Rescue: Joining Forces to Help Animals

Muse magazine, November/December 2019

How does an alligator get along without his tail? An eagle without her beak? A puppy without his paws? As you’ve probably guessed–not so great! But advances in 3D printing, scanning, and design are uniting volunteers around the world with animals that need them. See how marvelous makers are already assisting animal rescue organizations, veterinarians, and other experts with their important work.

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