Author Biography

David L. 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 currently works for the MIT News Office and is also a freelance writer.

Author Articles

Cover Story

Biomedical Materials Learn to Heal Themselves

Maintaining sterility in emergency and operating rooms can be challenging, especially in cases of highly infectious disease outbreaks or toxic spills. A simple nick in a surgical glove could have deadly consequences. But, now, a variety of promising new materials in development may lead to everything from self-healing gloves and bandages to bone, blood vessel, and muscle scaffolding implants that could repair themselves the way tissues do.

Discovering Ways to Mend Growing Bodies

Some babies are born with a rare condition known as esophageal atresia, in which part of the connection between the throat and stomach is missing or nonfunctional. While this was once untreatable and fatal, in recent years surgeons have developed a method using traction to

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