Orbiting Tomorrow

Explore the dissolving boundary between science and science fiction with news from the front lines of discovery and imaginative speculation on how each one could change our world.

Category Archives: Health

This blog is entering a new orbit!

Orbiting Tomorrow’s content is moving to a new home. You may not have guessed, but I’m a science fiction writer (suddenly it all makes sense!) and I’ve finally launched a … Continue reading

October 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Transmission: A Plague of Media Misinformation about Ebola

In the mid-1990s, my mother–a healthcare worker–brought home a library copy of Richard Preston’s “The Hot Zone”. “It’s about a very dangerous disease,” she told me. “It kills almost everyone … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fallout: A Community Copes with Uranium Pollution

Uranium pollution from wartime mining activity is driving Native Americans from their homes in Church Rock, part of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. Toxic waste, radioactive dirt, and polluted … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Homemade Cyborgs: Biohacking and the Debate over Body Ownership

If you thought cyborgs came out of cutting-edge laboratories, think again. Biohackers aspiring to enhance their abilities through body modifications—in particular, a sub-group known as “grinders” who experiment on their … Continue reading

December 29, 2013 · Leave a comment