David Malakoff is a Deputy News Editor specializing in coverage of science policy, energy and the environment. A native of Washington D.C., he has spent more than 25 years reporting on how scientists influence government policy, and how government policy shapes science. In addition to reporting for Science, he has worked as an editor and correspondent on NPR’s Science Desk, for Conservation Magazine, and as a freelancer for numerous outlets.

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  • 23 Dec 1998

    An insider will take the helm of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC).

  • 14 Dec 1998

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--A group of marine scientists lobbed a warning shot across the bows of the world's trawling fleets today, charging that sweeping the seafloor with heavy nets in search of food causes more environmental damage than logging.

  • 9 Dec 1998

    Astronomers bid a bittersweet farewell today to a pathbreaking satellite. After defying death countless times during its 8-year career, the Röntgen Satellite (ROSAT) lost its last working instrument yesterday, leaving the spacecraft sightless and drifting.

  • 20 Nov 1998

    Talk about a silver lining. When a $1 billion solar observatory spun hopelessly out of control in June and lost power, astronomers feared that extreme heat and cold would ruin its dozen sensitive instruments.

  • 12 Nov 1998

    The novel ion engine powering NASA's Deep Space 1 asteroid probe unexpectedly shut down on Tuesday, just minutes after being started for the first time. But space agency engineers believe the mysterious failure will only temporarily stall the $152 million mission.

  • WASHINGTON, D.C.--Democrats now have a physicist of their own in the U.S. Congress. In an upset victory yesterday, Rush Holt edged out first-term Republican Mike Pappas to capture New Jersey's 12th district congressional seat.

  • 29 Oct 1998

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--The failure of a gyroscope aboard the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope has astronomers worried about the instrument's future.

  • 19 Oct 1998

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--Biomedical researchers had to wait a long time to learn the new budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)--but nobody's complaining.

  • 14 Oct 1998

    An Indian scholar who pioneered the theory behind the economics of poverty--and also demonstrated its practical applications--has won the 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science.

  • 6 Oct 1998

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--U.S. scientists planning research projects aboard the international space station have long fretted that their experiments would get short shrift from astronauts too busy putting the station together to spend much time conducting science.