Devin Powell's Articles
- ExhibitThe American Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibit rehabilitates bacteria’s bad reputation and introduces visitors to the microbiome.
- PeopleRobb Hermes asked for sand ants to get samples of Trinitite, a material created in the test blasts of the first atomic bomb.
- NewsExtra water vapor churned high into the atmosphere by climate change–fueled tempests could trigger destructive chemical reactions.
- NewsFull genetic blueprints suggest the animals split from brown bears millions of years ago.
- NewsStrategically dumping the metal stimulates a bloom of microscopic creatures that carry the greenhouse gas to Davy Jones’s locker.
- NewsPhysicists use X-rays to probe how a fluid can support a person's weight.
- Reviews & Previews
Others have already written the atomic bomb’s biography, and Fetter-Vorm doesn’t add new insights or historical scholarship. But he does provide a remarkably accessible — and frankly, beautiful — introduction to the events that ushered in the Atomic Age.
His graphic novel can’t be as thorough as the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes. Still, the thin hardcover presents the key events and introduces the major players. History is distilled into a series of snapshots in comic-book framing, featuring excerpts from notable conversations between scientists, generals and politicians.
- NewsIron-rich tissue may be at root of a biological compass.