And Now For Something Completely Different…

So, about a week ago I was supposed to be in Boston, MA for the MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellowship program’s 25th anniversary and three day conference on the Future of Science Journalism.  I couldn’t be there (long, unpleasant story), but Alfred Hermida was.

Hermida is a former BBC journalist, and he now teaches at the University of British Columbia.  He blogged about the conference, so I was able to almost feel like I was there.

He interviewed Clive Thompson (WIRED magazine columnist) about his blog and posted the short video online.  In the interview, Thompson suggests that he uses his blog to refine his ideas, using reader feedback to focus his writing.

Now, I’ve been looking for a good way to keep track of all my story ideas and pitches.  Random scraps of paper don’t work.  Neither do files named “Ideas January 2008” saved on my desktop.  So, I am going to give the blogosphere a look into my Ideas Vault.

If anyone out there sees a story they think I should know something more about, they would like me to write about, or whatever, leave a comment.

Let the grand experiment begin. 


What, No Mention of Time Travel?!

Well, it’s that time of year when all the science journalists, engineers, and scientists swarm to the world’s largest science conference in the world: the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This year it’s in Boston, MA, home of MIT, Harvard, and the Boston Red Sox.

In one of the sessions at the AAAS, a panel of engineering experts described what kind of cool gadgetry and inventions we can look forward to in the next 100 years. Think cheap solar panels, energy from fusion, virtual reality that’s better than real life, and medicine that can cure any disease.

I write about the report and the session in an online feature article for Cosmos Magazine in Australia.

I think the report is good, but it is also fairly conservative. None of the goals sound like they are beyond present day technology or know-how (maybe just present day economics). I was really hoping for interstellar time traveling androids.