Chau Tu is an associate editor at Slate Plus. She was formerly the story producer/reporter at Science Friday, where she pitched, wrote, and edited articles for the website.
Before joining SciFri, Chau basked in the sun back in her hometown of Los Angeles, where she contemplated the true meaning of the numbers at Marketplace, learned to name off the latest speakeasys and tasting menus for Modern Luxury magazines, and stained her fingers black at the Los Angeles Times. Here and there, she parlayed her interests in culture, fashion, and music into writing for various independent publications. She’s also written about science for The Atlantic and Motherboard.
Chau loved L.A. before it was cool. She is a journalism graduate of the University of Southern California, roots for the Dodgers and Lakers, and is well-versed in the life-affirming qualities of a good taco. She used to be tan.
Mexico’s Singular Salamander
This critically endangered salamander reaches sexual maturity without undergoing metamorphosis.
Meet the Cock-Eyed Squid
This midwater cephalopod sports different-size eyes for different functions.
The Green Rose
This mutated rose has sepals instead of petals.
Sun Halo, With Sundog Companions
When the sun interacts with six-sided ice crystals, ethereal optical effects can occur.
Pando, One Of Earth’s Largest Living Organisms
These quaking aspens are all clones of one mother stem.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom
This pristine white fungus might have neuroprotective properties.
The Year Ahead in Science Film
This year’s SXSW Film festival highlighted our fears about emerging tech and concerns facing online and gaming communities.
Overheard at SXSW 2015
Science Friday web producer Chau Tu is in Austin, Texas for SXSW Interactive + Film.
The Art of Scent in Los Angeles
A nonprofit in Los Angeles opens the door on the secretive world of perfuming.
This Is Plastiglomerate
Plastic is melding with marine debris in Hawaii.