Author Biography

David Chandler

David L. Chandler was a science writer for the Boston Globe for 20 years, and has also written for Nature, Wired, New Scientist, Smithsonian, Astronomy, Technology Review, the Atlantic, and many other publications. He is the author of “Life on Mars,” as well as portions of other books. He presently works for the MIT News Office as well as freelancing.

Author Articles

John Rogers and the Ultrathin Limits of Technology

When Northwestern University near Chicago, Illinois, announced in August 2015 that it had hired away “soft electronics” pioneer John Rogers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the exuberant reports in Chicago and the agonized ones downstate all shared similar descriptions of the man…

Making Diagnostics Portable

Right now, it’s an unimposing device about the size of a tissue box, with a hinged lid on one side. But this little machine carries a big punch: it embodies a novel approach to diagnosing a multitude of diseases and monitoring many health parameters

Tomorrow’s Hospital

The year is 2024. At a small regional hospital, an automated call has just come in, triggered by a patient’s personal fitness-monitoring device, which has detected several sudden and drastic anomalies

Sensing Challenges

John McDevitt, the Brown-Wiess Professor of Bioengineering and Chemistry at Rice University, thinks we are on the brink of a significant transformation in medical diagnostics–but it’s going to take some serious