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HiI'm a freelance science and technology writer based in Vancouver, Canada.

My work has been featured in Technology Review, Motherboard (Vice), ExtremeTech, PCMag.com, Vancouver Magazine, Geek.com, RealClearFuture, RealClearDefense, The Huffington Post, The Metro News, and more. Sometimes I talk on the radio or the TV, and recently I started making documentaries.


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Work Experience

Ziff Davis Inc. - Freelance writer

Sept. 2012 - Present

- ExtremeTech.com writer profile.
- Geek.com writer profile.
- Produced daily, in-depth science and technology content from pitches and assignments.
- Performed all SEO, image editing, etc.

MIT Technology Review - Freelance writer

Oct. 2015 - Present

- TechnologyReview.com writer profile.
- Produced in-depth science and technology content from pitches and assignments.

Motherboard.Vice.com - Freelance writer

Jan. 2015 - Present

- Vice.com writer profile
- Produced in-depth science and technology content from pitches and assignments.

Macleans.ca, NationalPost.com, HuffingtonPost.ca, HuffingtonPost.com, TheAlbatross.ca, SadMag.ca, etc - Contributor

September 2012 - Present

- Published content from pitches and assignments, for both print and the web.

Radio, TV - Science & Tech Analyst

Oct. 2014 - Present

- Appeared on CHQR Calgary, CJOB Winnipeg, Fox2 News St. Louis, others.
- On-air reporting and analysis on issues of science, technology, and society.

Canadian Traveller Magazine - Editorial Assistant

July 2012 - May 2013

- Wrote and edited web and magazine content for either a consumer or trade audience, as needed.
- Helped manage editorial schedule, organization, contributing writers.

Metro News, Vancouver - Reporter, intern

Feb. 2012 - April 2012

- Investigated and wrote local and Provincial news stories under direction from the Editor.

The Peak - Opinions Editor, Editorial Chair, Board member

May 2009 - January 2012

- Edited a newspaper Opinions section, editing & laying out 4-8 pages per week.
- Determined and applied editorial policy, managed internal disputes.
- Helped set overall financial and editorial direction for publication.

Education

BSc - Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Simon Fraser University, 2013

- Extended Minor: English.
- Certificates/Training: CP Style, Substantive Editing

Work

Writing, Radio, Television

SELECTED WORK

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Aug '15
When Canada Learned It Had Spies

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July '15
Did these researchers just create an autistic computer program?

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Oct '15
How Your Device Knows Your Life through Images

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Mar '15
Stealing Nuclear Waste Is About to Get A Whole Lot Harder

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Mar '15
How DARPA Will Decrypt Totally Novel Languages

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Feb '15
Will Robots Be Able to Help Us Die?

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Feb '15
Bizarre Rubbing in Northern Killer Whales

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dec '13
DoD Report Reveals Plans for Autonomous War Tech

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sept '13
Confronting Society's Absurd Enthusiasm for DARPA

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April '14
Gene Therapy Comes of Age, Allows Whole Genome Editing

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May '14
Mother Nature's 2 Billion-Year-Old Nuclear Reactor

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Nov '14
Jurassic Park was Anti-Science, Why Shouldn't World be Too?

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Jun '14
Cosmos Is Out For Straight-Up Ideological Conversion

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Mar '13
The Quest for the $1000 Genome

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Mar '14
Space Elevator Could be Built by 2035, Says New Study

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June '14
Is It Possible to Make a Computer Totally Invulnerable to the NSA?

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Oct '14
You Claim to Think the News Is Important - I Don't Believe You

OTHER

Film, fiction, etc.

The Fall of Mosul

I made this feature-length documentary on how a modern city of almost two million people fell to a force of fewer than 1500 jihadi rebels.





FreeFall

Here's a science fiction short story I wrote while I was travelling, about a group of scientists who get stranded on a space elevator. It was published in Clarkesworld Magazine in June, 2013.




Our elevator has stalled some thirty kilometers above the surface of the Earth, and my first thought is not heroic: I need to start fasting, lean up these haunches in preparation for the Donner decision trees that most likely lie ahead. There’s food for a month below the floorboards, but thirty kilometers? Looking at my three fellow passengers, hot-shot scientists all, it is distressingly easy to imagine our mini-society devolving into tribalism; it’s obvious that in this group, I am most definitely the Piggy. They seem calm, however, which calms me. For now, at least, things are stable.

Our elevator pod is just a hollow disc, twenty meters across and four tall, one of six identical space palettes stacked unceremoniously on either side of the climber. We four have been slotted in at the bottom, as is our right as “live cargo,” so we can use our pod’s special bail-out hatch if necessary. This is not how real astronauts ascend—I’ve checked.

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