Reviews for The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright’s Universe

A "lucid history of early Renaissance science" — The National Post

"...a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of the astronomical knowledge of the era" — The Chronicle-Herald

"Falk takes the reader on an eventful tour through science in the early modern era...It’s an enjoyable read, and will appeal to non-specialists, but nonetheless is based on a comprehensive engagement with the pertinent academic scholarship. The work is well-informed, enthusiastic, and recommended to anyone seeking a new take on the oft-studied Bard." — Chemistry World

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Posted on Friday, May 21, 2021

I spoke with risk expert Heidi J. Larson on the multi-pronged approaches needed to combat "vaccine hesitancy," in this Q&A for Undark. 

Video: Everything you need to know about the June 10, 2021 annular / partial solar eclipse

Posted on Monday, May 17, 2021

In my latest video, I look ahead to the annular / partial solar eclipse of June 10, 2021, including info on how to safety view the eclipse, and tips for photographers.

Could weirdly-straight lightning be a sign of dark matter?

Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2021

A team of physicists has proposed a new way to search for dark matter -- by looking for weirdly-straight bolts of lightning, during lightning storms. My feature for Smithsonian.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Skywatchers are in for a rare treat on the morning of June 10, 2021, as the sun will be partially eclipsed as it rises for viewers in the U.S. Northeast and in eastern Canada. My story for Gizmodo.

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Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2021

A newly-discovered black hole, dubbed the "unicorn," is unusually small and may be the closest to Earth found so far. It may also shed new light on how stars eveolve, and how they die. My story for National Geographic.

How Roman Kroitor inspired a generation of filmmakers

Posted on Saturday, April 3, 2021

You might not know the name Roman Kroitor -- but the Canadian filmmaker influenced Stanley Kubrick as he was making 2001, and gave George Lucas the idea for the Force. His films, especially his innovative documentaries, inspired a generation of movie-makers. My feature for ArsTechnica.

100 years ago, Albert Einstein was given a hero's welcome by America's Jews

Posted on Friday, April 2, 2021

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein arrived on American shores for the first time. He was greeted as a hero -- espeically by the nation's Jews, for whom he was a "beacon of hope." My feature for Smithsonian.

Darwin's "The Descent of Man" at 150

Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Why do so many astronomy and physics stories fail to live up to the hype?

Posted on Monday, January 18, 2021

 "Breakthroughs" come along regularly, but often don't hold up under scrutiny -- potentially undermining trust in science. My feature for Undark.

The Science of Time Travel

Posted on Monday, December 28, 2020

From H.G. Wells' groundbreaking novel The Time Machine to the campy 1980s Back to the Future movie trilogy, time travel has long been a staple for science fiction wtiters. But what do scientists say about the idea of travelling through time? My feature for National Geographic. 

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