They may be tiny, but electrons certainly are mighty. Electrons glue atoms together, carry messages through our computers, and tumble through proteins to help plants harness light energy to make sugar.
As a science writer, I pull these powerful electrons and twitchy particles from their invisible, often abstract, home in chemistry, physics, and computer models into our world of medicine, machines and materials. I track those electrons through wires to uncover the inner workings of robots, algorithms and nanotechnology. And I analyze how electron-driven technology like mobile phones and crime forecasting programs influence society. I am based in Missoula, Montana.
My work has appeared in New Scientist, Chemical & Engineering News, the Materials Research Society Bulletin, Chemistry World, Ars Technica, and KQED QUEST. I’ve also produced news stories for KUSP88.9 FM in Santa Cruz.
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© 2015, Melissae Fellet. Image © 2012, Layla Lang.