Author: Charlie Wood

Charlie is especially into physical sciences both on and off the planet. His work has appeared in Popular Science, Quanta Magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor. In previous lives, he taught physics and English in Mozambique and Japan, and he has a bachelor’s in physics from Brown University.

Does a theory of everything exist?

Does a theory of everything exist?

Some scientists question if the guiding lights of theoretical physics have gone out, and all wonder where the field will go next

By Charlie Wood | Posted August 13, 2018

Robo-zebrafish learn to make friends

Robo-zebrafish learn to make friends

Researchers hope realistic robots will improve future zebrafish experiments

By Charlie Wood | Posted August 10, 2018

Ancient humans may have shaped the planet with fire and rice

Ancient humans may have shaped the planet with fire and rice

Did early humans jump-start global warming?

By Charlie Wood | Posted July 20, 2018

PODCAST: If you can sing, can you talk?

PODCAST: If you can sing, can you talk?

These two familiar activities are more independent than you might think

By Charlie Wood | Posted July 6, 2018

Raiders of the lost bark

Raiders of the lost bark

How Nicole Davi reads climate history in Mongolian tree rings

By Charlie Wood | Posted June 29, 2018

Once deemed brutal, a decades-old therapy is helping doctors fight depression

Once deemed brutal, a decades-old therapy is helping doctors fight depression

Shock therapy saves lives—and more people could benefit, experts say

By Charlie Wood | Posted June 4, 2018

Going the distance: How NASA launches spacecraft so far on so little

Going the distance: How NASA launches spacecraft so far on so little

Saturn orbiter Cassini traveled nearly 5 billion miles on less than four tons of fuel

By Charlie Wood | Posted April 23, 2018

Forever young: how society might adapt to longer lives

Forever young: how society might adapt to longer lives

Living longer will shake up social institutions, experts say

By Charlie Wood | Posted April 2, 2018

Urban Oasis

Urban Oasis

How a band of renegades created New York’s first community garden

By Charlie Wood | Posted February 16, 2018

We’re flushing energy down the toilet

We’re flushing energy down the toilet

But engineers are trying to reclaim it downstream

By Charlie Wood | Posted December 15, 2017

Feeling down? Climbing could lift your spirits

Feeling down? Climbing could lift your spirits

But don’t stop taking medication

By Charlie Wood | Posted November 16, 2017