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.
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A simulator based on one of the oldest problems in geometrical probability approximates pi.
Utah’s Winter Haze a Pollution Problem
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Letting the Inner Athlete Shine, With a Techno-Boost
For Olympians, there’s interplay between natural athletic ability and suits that provide that extra edge.
Seeing (and Feeling) the Future of Virtual Reality With the Oculus Rift
SciFri tests out the cutting-edge virtual reality device at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The New Frontiers of Filmmaking, at Sundance
This year, the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier exhibition explored humanity’s evolving relationship with technology.
Dispatches From Sundance
SciFri staff members are checking in on the Sundance Film Festival’s science offerings.
Why Is This Fish Glowing Green?
Researchers have discovered an unprecedented diversity of glowing fish species.
Ice Spikes: Your Photos
We asked you to submit your own photos of the ice spike phenomenon.
The Mystery Of Ice Spikes
One experiment shows that this little understood phenomenon seems to perform better with distilled water.