Writing

Selected highlights

Profile Vicki Hollub is showing Big Oil how to survive climate change (Quartz)
Feature A tiny tweak in California law is creating a strange thing: carbon-negative oil (Quartz)

Special report on batteries (2019)

State of Play The complete guide to the battery revolution (Quartz)
Feature How we get to the next big battery breakthrough (Quartz)
Q&A An MIT professor’s quest to solve the world’s battery needs (Quartz)
Profile How CATL became the world’s largest electric-vehicle battery company (Quartz)
Visual All the elements of the periodic table that can be used to make batteries (Quartz)
Tool Kit How to cut through battery-industry hype (Quartz)

Special report on electric cars (2018)

State of Play Beyond the Tesla bubble: The future of electric cars is being scripted in China (Quartz)
Investigation How to keep track of China’s electric carmakers (Quartz)
Interactive Electric cars claim to be cheaper and greener. But are they? (Quartz)
Profile Inside BYD—the world’s largest maker of electric vehicles (Quartz)
Q&A One of America’s top electric-vehicle experts changed his mind on China (Quartz)
Chartbook China’s electric-car explosion is creating infrastructure headaches (Quartz)

The Race to Zero Emissions II (2018)

18 Aug Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy (Quartz)
07 Aug The next major innovation in batteries might be here (Quartz)
12 Jun To hit climate goals, Bill Gates and his billionaire friends are betting on energy storage (Quartz)
11 Apr Uber will bring you flying taxis, if you can help build a magical battery (Quartz)

2018

26 Sep Bill Gates-led $1 billion energy fund is expanding its portfolio of startups fighting climate change (Quartz)
26 Sep In search of clean energy, investments in nuclear-fusion startups are heating up (Quartz)
01 Aug The Race to Reinvent Cement (Anthropocene Magazine)
16 May The way scientists define climate goals has given the world a false sense of hope (Quartz)
07 Jan 5,000-year old rock art found in India is likely the oldest depiction of a supernova (Quartz)

The Race to Zero Emissions (2017)

21 Feb One company’s ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions for an entire nation (Quartz)
15 Dec China is the acid-test for a technology that could save the world from catastrophic climate change (Quartz)
13 Dec The compelling case for capturing carbon emissions and burying them underground (Quartz)
12 Dec An innovative natural-gas power plant could be the future of hurricane-proof electricity (Quartz)
11 Dec Batteries can’t solve the world’s biggest energy-storage problem. One startup has a solution. (Quartz)
08 Dec The teenager inventor who could change the way the world fights climate change (Quartz)
06 Dec The material that built the modern world is also destroying it. Here’s a fix (Quartz)
05 Dec A radical startup has invented the world’s first zero-emissions fossil-fuel power plant (Quartz)
04 Dec Humanity’s fight against climate change is failing. One technology can change that. (Quartz)
12 Oct The world’s first “negative emissions” plant has begun operation—turning carbon dioxide into stone (Quartz)
21 Jun The revolutionary technology pushing Sweden toward the seemingly impossible goal of zero emissions (Quartz)
09 Jan Two Indian engineers have found a way to radically reduce the cost of capturing carbon emissions (Quartz)

2017

30 Sep The journey of a “doctor” who joined the cult of alternative medicine and then broke out of it (Quartz)
03 Aug The visual story of what humans sacrifice in our relentless hunt for coal (Quartz)
02 Aug  A highly successful attempt at genetic editing of human embryos has opened the door to eradicating inherited diseases (Quartz)
23 May Your taxes continue to pay fossil-fuel companies to pollute—but thankfully less each year (Quartz)
20 May We just avoided nuclear disaster. If we don’t act now, we may not be able to avoid the next one. (Quartz)
03 May If your carbon footprint makes you feel guilty, there’s an easy way out (Quartz)
18 Apr It’s time to stop thinking we can “life hack” our way to a happier life (Quartz)
20 Mar A single ride in London could wind up costing Uber hundreds of millions of dollars (Quartz)
28 Feb A genetic tool maps the spread of deadly viruses in real time (Quartz)
20 Feb An ingenious European lawsuit could finally provide a realistic way to stop Brexit (Quartz)
24 Jan An elegy for Antarctica’s Larsen C, the 10,000-year-old ice shelf that’s about to break away (Quartz)

2016

22 Dec Scientists are closer to finding alien life than they have ever been (Quartz)
09 Nov The greatest threat from a Trump presidency may be his toxic brew of unscientific beliefs (Quartz)
24 Oct A 1912 news article ominously forecasted the catastrophic effects of fossil fuels on climate change (Quartz)
12 Sep The illegal trade in wild-animal meat could cause the next global pandemic (Mosaic/Quartz)
12 Sep North Korea’s nuclear test was a sales pitch to other rogue states (Quartz)
08 Aug Alien hunters are fixated on a mysterious star, which refuses to reveal its secrets (Quartz)
26 Jul Why we still don’t know all of the ways you can contract Zika (Quartz)
23 Jun Why it sometimes seems like everything causes cancer (Quartz)
03 May Should I sleep train my baby? (Quartz)
13 Apr Should your baby share your bed? (Quartz)
26 Mar A Cambridge professor on how to stop being so easily manipulated by misleading statistics (Quartz)
24 Feb The WHO botched Ebola—but it’s winning praise for handling the terrifying Zika epidemic (Quartz)
07 Jan Why it’s so difficult to build a hydrogen bomb (Quartz)

2015

22 Dec 2015 was the year it became OK to genetically engineer babies (Quartz)
30 Nov I failed to get into an IIT—and 10 years later I could not be happier (Quartz)
20 Nov How gene drives could be the next weapon of mass destruction (Quartz)
09 Oct A man who recorded every detail of his life for five years has the ultimate way to live in the moment (Quartz)
24 Sep A man who tracked five years of sneezes might have a fix for your pollen allergy (Quartz)
03 Sep It’s probably a myth that we’re not getting enough sleep (Quartz)
01 Aug Separating fact from ancient Indian science fiction (LiveMint)
01 Jul Why China won’t listen to Western scientists about genetically modifying the human embryo (Quartz)
18 Jun I once tried to cheat sleep, and for a year I succeeded (Quartz)
27 May John Nash: A life of brilliance, madness, and reawakening (Quartz)
27 Mar Rotavac is not India’s first indigenous vaccine (Lokmat Times)

2014

23 Sep One small step for India may become a big step for humanity (Down to Earth)
30 Apr Search for alien life could remain fruitless (The Conversation)
12 Apr Massive asteroid may have kickstarted the movement of continents (The Conversation)
12 Feb India’s urban work boom is leaving women behind (The Conversation)

2013

05 Dec Metals in your smartphone have no substitutes (The Conversation)
30 Sep Nanoparticles that can find specific targets before delivering a drug could change medicine (Chemistry World)
21 Sep Small creatures with fast metabolisms see the world like an action replay (The Economist)
11 Aug New meta-analysis checks the correlation between intelligence and faith (Ars Technica)

2012

27 Oct A new technique to help cure mitochondrial diseases should be permitted by the law (The Economist)
06 Oct Slowly the influence of genes in shaping political outlook and behaviour is being recognised (The Economist)

2011

01 Mar Last Retort: Get real (Chemistry World)

 

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