Adrian has been writing for a living since 1999 and has been a staff writer at Science since 2005. He got into the science-writing game the same way many of his colleagues did: by attending the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before taking up his quill, Adrian earned a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics working on the CLEO experiment at Cornell University. He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago in 1987. Adrian grew up outside Chicago and does not expect the Cubs to win the World Series in his lifetime.

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  • 24 Mar 2000

    MINNEAPOLIS--Scientists studying high-temperature superconductors are seeing stars.

  • 23 Mar 2000

    MINNEAPOLIS--Researchers have found a new way to flip the direction of minuscule magnets by running electrical currents through them.

  • 23 Mar 2000

    MINNEAPOLIS--Physicists are marveling over a small, fairly simple contraption of wires and copper rings that can reverse the magnetic field in microwaves, seemingly thumbing its nose at a venerated standard of high school physics.

  • 16 Mar 2000

    Never have so many astronomers been so eager to claim they can't see straight. Groups working with three different telescopes have detected weak lensing, a distortion of distant galaxies that reveals the dark matter strewn across space.

  • 6 Mar 2000

    When a team of chemists fashioned a foam nose and filled it with cow cartilage, they weren't clowning around. The researchers made the porous proboscis to show that a new technique can better control minute holes in polymer foams, materials akin to Styrofoam.

  • 29 Feb 2000

    A group of physicists claims to have identified dark matter, the shadowy stuff thought to account for 90% of the universe's mass.

  • 22 Feb 2000

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--A prototype detector akin to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines used in medicine has successfully ferreted out buried landmines, Pentagon researchers announced today at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (

  • 17 Feb 2000

    In a bargain your coupon-clipping aunt would love, researchers have discovered a way to get four times as much light from state-of-the-art light emitting diodes (LEDs) for the same amount of energy.

  • 15 Feb 2000

    A moth frying on a bug lamp proves, suicidally, that an electrical current generates heat. But a current can also cool, if it runs through the right stuff. Electrons carry away heat when they rattle through exotic semiconductors known as thermoelectric materials--but good ones are hard to find.

  • 11 Feb 2000

    In what you might call a smashing success, physicists have chiseled out an atomic nucleus laden with a record eight more protons than neutrons.