Category Archives: research

Studying What You Fear

When I was a kid I was, to put it mildly, a bit on the sensitive or high-strung side. Easily startled or frightened, there was nothing quite like thunderstorms to get my blood pumping. Not wanting to be tense every … Continue reading

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Writing When Information is Scarce

I’ve written about research when there are plenty of sources to be had (here and here, for example), but occasionally I run into situations where publicly available information is hard to come by. What then?

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Does Anyone Use the Library Anymore? Hint: You Should

I know: everything can be found on the Internet, right? As someone who grew up with a reasonably decent public library within a few blocks of my home and who is ancient enough to have written papers for two degrees (last one completed … Continue reading

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When Research Gets in the Way of Writing

As I mentioned on Monday, I’ve spent this month barreling through National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo). This was my third time going through this exercise, and it’s a fun challenge for the writer: write the first draft of a … Continue reading

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Using the Best Sources

I’ve been doing a series of articles for Spaceflight Insider recently, and it’s been a challenge sometimes trying to find the information I want. Some of this is a natural side effect of writing about the space industry; some of it, curiously enough, … Continue reading

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Writing About the Space Business with Authority

Lately I’ve been doing a project for Spaceflight Insider that has required me to do a lot of research on launch vehicles (the engineers’ term for the rockets that get things off the ground). The challenge, sometimes, is getting the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science

I know you folks are busy, so I’ll give you the short version of this review up front. If you’re sufficiently interested, you can read more in-depth after that. I’m reviewing The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science for a few reasons: first, I’ve … Continue reading

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