Bio

Award-winning science writer Ron Cowen has a passion for making complex topics in astronomy, physics and the history of technology clear, exciting and visceral to the general public. He has contributed dozens of articles to magazines and newspapers including National Geographic, Nature, The New York Times, Science, Science News, Scientific American, and US News & … Continue reading Bio

Finally Finding Other Earths [US News]

Looking for Earth-like planets isn’t anything new for astronomers. But it’s only been within the last few years that they’ve confidently identified candidates. The change from famine to feast is in large part due to NASA’s Kepler telescope, a mission that survived a number of challenges to become a reality. My US News article from … Continue reading Finally Finding Other Earths [US News]

New Biomarkers to Identify Possible Life in Space [Scientific American]

Important progress has been made in our understanding and use of biomarkers, the signatures astronomers use to search for life in space. The work is all the more important given budget constraints that have cancelled space missions complementing the biomarker work by identifying life friendly star systems; improved biomarker searches may make up for fewer … Continue reading New Biomarkers to Identify Possible Life in Space [Scientific American]

(SCOOP) Coverage of My Recent Early-Universe Scoop

Several sites highlighted my breaking news story on what may be the most distant galaxy known in the Universe: Knight Science Journalism Tracker, one of the most respected trackers of science stories, highlights the article: [NatureNews’] ace scoop-hungry reporter Ron Cowen late last week filed on a report, at the preprint server for physics-related news arXiv, that … Continue reading (SCOOP) Coverage of My Recent Early-Universe Scoop

Exoplanets and the 2012 American Astronomical Society Winter Meeting [NPR Science Friday]

NPR’s Science Friday invited me to talk about exoplanets and the 2012 Winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society: Kepler Telescope Spots Tiniest Exoplanets Yet At a meeting of the American Astronomical Society, scientists talked about mapping dark matter, measuring the ‘graininess’ of spacetime, and discovering the smallest exoplanets ever, using the Kepler space telescope. … Continue reading Exoplanets and the 2012 American Astronomical Society Winter Meeting [NPR Science Friday]

Crystalizing Perpetual Motion [Scientific American]

My article for Scientific American is out: “Time Crystals” Could be a Legitimate Form of Perpetual Motion The phrases “perpetual-motion machine”—a concept derided by scientists since the mid-19th century—and “physics Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek” wouldn’t seem to belong in the same sentence. But if Wilczek’s latest ideas on symmetry and the nature of time are … Continue reading Crystalizing Perpetual Motion [Scientific American]