Engineering in Service of a Dark Art
Biology graduate student Tom McDonagh, of Rockefeller University, likes working with light. For his Ph.D. he built a spinning microscope that uses centrifugal force to test the gripping power of different molecules. McDonagh also innovates with light outside the lab, in tech-savvy shadow puppet plays.
Flora Lichtman is host of the podcast Every Little Thing. She’s a former Science Friday multimedia producer.