Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Isotope Magazine accepted my essay "The Sharpest Fall" for publication today. The piece describes an experiment some friends and I conducted to test the integrity of the pressure sensor which Eric Nguyen and I unwittingly drove into the Tulia, Texas tornado. Another friend was preparing a scientific paper on the Tulia data and we needed to test some failure modes for the instrumentation. The surprising results of our experiment are interwoven with the recollection of a strange radar vehicle we encountered a few years ago in the plains.

The essay should appear in the magazine's "planetary engineering" issue, but there's no release date as yet. I've been a fan of this journal for years so it's gratifying to land something here. It's a cool meeting place of science and literary writing. Check it out.