Robert (Bob) writes about chemistry and materials science, delving into topics ranging from solar energy and fuel cells to proteomics and artificial bone.

Bob majored in psychology and international studies at the University of Oregon. From there he moved on to work on a research project at Oregon Health Sciences University. After a short stint in research, Bob decided he preferred writing about research to actually carrying it out. So it was off to New York University, where he earned a masters degree in journalism at the school’s Science and Environmental Reporting Program.

In the early 1990s, Bob reported for Newsweek, where he covered science and business. In 1994, he moved to Washington, D.C., to join Science. In 1999, he moved to Portland, Oregon, and now helps cover scientific institutions in the western United States. His articles have also appeared in Scientific American and Technology Review, among other publications.

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  • 3 Feb 1999

    Lab robots have been knitting together short chains of DNA or proteins for years, allowing scientists to test novel variations as drugs and gene probes.

  • 25 Jan 1999

    ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA--The field of computing is chock-full of acronyms, from RAM to Y2K.

  • 2 Nov 1998

    Scientists have found a way to make DNA an active, versatile player in chemistry.

  • 27 Oct 1998

    WASHINGTON, D.C.--A battle is brewing over a new plant technology that allows companies to ensure that genetically modified plants produce sterile seeds--a feat that will keep farmers coming back for fresh seed year after year.

  • 7 Oct 1998

    The Swiss life sciences giant Novartis is expected to name University of California, Berkeley, chemist Peter Schultz as the director of its new Novartis Institute for Functional Genomics.

  • 24 Sep 1998

    Quantum dots are all the rage among physicists and chemists. Now these versatile flecks of semiconductor, which can serve as components in tiny transistors and emit light in rainbow hues, could catch biologists' eyes as well.

  • 23 Sep 1998

    Deep-sea hydrothermal vents give rise to some of the most bizarre forms of life on the planet, such as blind albino crabs.

  • 4 Sep 1998

    Many of the world's deadliest flu outbreaks--including those that killed over 100,000 Americans alone in 1957 and 1968--did the viral version of the triple jump, passing from birds to pigs to finally infecting people. Now researchers know why pigs are the baneful middlemen.

  • 2 Sep 1998

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week approved the first vaccine against a leading cause of childhood diarrhea. The vaccine fights off infection by rotaviruses, which each year hospitalize more than 50,000 U.S. children and kill nearly 1 million children worldwide.

  • 24 Aug 1998

    BOSTON--Breathalyzers already help police keep drunk drivers off the road. Now they may become a rapid and noninvasive way to diagnose diseases.