Author: Jennifer Hackett

Jennifer Hackett is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, where she studied physics and history. She’s always been fascinated by science but writing and communication have been her specialty; working as a science journalist enables her to pursue her passion while utilizing her skills. She particularly enjoys writing about the intersection between science and politics, and enjoys any excuse to bring up nuclear topics or the Manhattan Project. When not writing about things like space probes or weird particles, she enjoys sewing, video games, and anything involving atomic culture.

VIDEO: Caught in the headlights

VIDEO: Caught in the headlights

A powerful light source probes the universe’s darkest secrets

By Jennifer Hackett | Posted July 17, 2015

To make a mushroom cloud

To make a mushroom cloud

Not all mushroom clouds are nuclear, but that doesn’t mean any old boom will do

By Jennifer Hackett | Posted June 26, 2015

The life of a bubble

The life of a bubble

There’s more to making a soap bubble than a breath and a wand

By Jennifer Hackett | Posted March 9, 2015

Pluto’s ongoing identity crisis stirs planet definition debate

Pluto’s ongoing identity crisis stirs planet definition debate

If you think this is just about Pluto, you’re thinking too small

By Jennifer Hackett | Posted February 13, 2015

For Midway Atoll’s birds, plastic is the main dish

For Midway Atoll’s birds, plastic is the main dish

The debris littering this historic island is just a tiny part of a global littering problem

By Jennifer Hackett | Posted February 9, 2015

Fusing the Manhattan Project into a national park

Fusing the Manhattan Project into a national park

A newly authorized park hopes to make the forgotten history of the atomic bomb public knowledge

By Jennifer Hackett | Posted January 2, 2015

Remembering the ladies of computer innovation

Remembering the ladies of computer innovation

Walter Isaacson’s “The Innovators” and the restoration of women to their rightful place computing history

By Jennifer Hackett | Posted November 11, 2014