David L. Chandler

David L. Chandler was a science writer for the Boston Globe for 20 years, and has also written for Nature, Wired, New Scientist, Smithsonian, Astronomy, Technology Review, the Atlantic, and many other publications. He is the author of "Life on Mars" as well as portions of other books. He currently works for the MIT News Office and is also a freelance writer.

Associated articles

IEEE PULSE, Feature March/April 2014
A Doctor in the Palm of Your Hand
Suppose you were out on a small boat, 100 mi from shore, with a few friends. Suddenly, one of them begins coughing hard and complaining of aches and pains and chills. It could just be the start of a bad... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature November/December 2017
ARMI Tackles Regenerative Medicine
Martine Rothblatt Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a rare and potentially life-threatening disorder. But when prominent entrepreneur Martine Rothblatt (Figure 1, right), founder of Sirius radio, learned in the 1990s that her daughter had been diagnosed with this little-known condition and given... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature November/December 2014
Tomorrow's Hospital
The year is 2024. At a small regional hospital, an automated call has just come in, triggered by a patient’s personal fitness-monitoring device, which has detected several sudden and drastic anomalies—a sharp spike in pulse rate followed by an extreme... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature July/August 2016
Opening New Worlds for Those With Autism
In April 2016, in honor of Autism Acceptance Month, Apple released a video that quickly went viral, racking up more than 4 million views in its first few days. It shows a teenage boy named Dillan whose life has been... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Online Exclusive, March/April 2014
Sensing Challenges
John McDevitt, the Brown-Wiess Professor of Bioengineering and Chemistry at Rice University, thinks we are on the brink of a significant transformation in medical diagnostics—but it’s going to take some serious, committed research and engineering to make it happen. “It’s very... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Cover Story May/June 2018
Biomedical Materials Learn to Heal Themselves
Maintaining sterility in emergency and operating rooms can be challenging, especially in cases of highly infectious disease outbreaks or toxic spills. A simple nick in a surgical glove under such circumstances could have deadly consequences. But, now, a variety of... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature January/February 2015
Frontiers in Male Contraception
On the female side, when it comes to contraception, there’s an arsenal of options. There’s the pill, patches, implants, injectable hormones, sponges, spermicides, cervical caps, diaphragms, morning-after pills, and the intrauterine device. But when it comes to men, the choices, in comparison,... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature May/June 2017
Making Clothing Smarter
As bedtime approaches, take note! Your pajamas may have something important to tell you. If you’re elderly and susceptible to hypothermia, your pajamas might let you know that your temperature has fallen and you should add some blankets or turn up the... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature March/April 2014
Leroy Hood’s Systematic Approach
This is the first in a series of features on EMBC 2014, the 36th Annual International Conference of IEEE’s Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, taking place in Chicago, IL, USA in August. In the 1970s, as a young faculty member... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature November/December 2018
Discovering Cancer Earlier
According to the National Cancer Institute, 4 million people die of cancer worldwide every year—almost 500 every hour. But the most shocking thing about that statistic is this: more than a third and possibly even the vast majority of those... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature March/April 2015
Making Diagnostics Portable
Above: Eugene Chan with the rHEALTH. Right now, it’s an unimposing device about the size of a tissue box, with a hinged lid on one side. But this little machine carries a big punch: it embodies a novel approach to diagnosing... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature July/August 2017
Discovering Ways to Mend Growing Bodies
Some babies are born with a rare condition known as esophageal atresia, in which part of the connection between the throat and stomach is missing or nonfunctional. While this was once untreatable and fatal, in recent years surgeons have developed... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature July/August 2014
Space-Age Tech Goes to the Clinic
Anyone who has ever watched video of the now-retired U.S. space shuttle performing a mission such as repairing the Hubble telescope or of astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) installing a new station module or solar panel has seen some of the world’s most... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature November/December 2018
The Eye as a Window to Health
The idea is a compelling one: a device that looks and feels like an ordinary contact lens but that can continuously monitor a variety of health indicators. For a diabetic, such a lens might update blood glucose levels and, using... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature May/June 2015
The Heart of the Matter
The smooth, powerful muscles of a newborn baby’s heart are pulsing normally, squeezing in and letting go rhythmically as a 3-mm-wide catheter-like tube snakes its way through, entering via an artery and being guided slowly by a surgeon. When it... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature March/April 2014
How Nanomaterials Are Reshaping Biomedical Technology
Three leading figures in the world of nanotechnology research, commercialization, and policy were invited by IEEE Pulse to discuss how this rapidly emerging area has been shaping biomedical technology in recent years, as well as its most promising applications in years to... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature September/October 2017
Realizing a Clearer View
In March 2017, Dr. Marc Tewfik performed a delicate operation to remove cancerous tissue from a patient’s sinus cavity, something that he has done many times before at the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) in Montréal, Canada. But this time,... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature July/August 2014
The Changing Face of Diagnostic Technologies for Sleep Disorders
Five of the top researchers in the field of sleep research, diagnostics and treatment were invited by IEEE Pulse to discuss recent developments in the field, including where the technology stands now and where we can expect further progress in... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature January/February 2016
John Rogers and the Ultrathin Limits of Technology
When Northwestern University near Chicago, Illinois, announced in August 2015 that it had hired away “soft electronics” pioneer John Rogers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the exuberant reports in Chicago and the agonized ones downstate all shared similar... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature May/June 2020
DNA-like Materials Could Open New Computing Frontiers
As computers have progressed over the last few decades, with their component transistors getting ever smaller and ever more numerous on a single chip, that relentless progress, famously described by Moore’s Law, has begun to bump up against fundamental physical limits to what can be done with the present etched-lines-on-silicon technology. But now, a new twist involving an inorganic molecule that has a DNA-like helical shape may provide an alternative pathway that could shrink transistors down to atom-sized scales. And even DNA molecules themselves might ultimately become the bits and bytes and logic gates of the future... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature November/December 2020
Carbon Nanotubes Show Promise in Biomedicine
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs), those tiny cylindrical configurations of pure carbon that have been finding myriad applications in a wide variety of fields, have been the subject of headlines for well over a decade for their potential uses in biological research and medical treatment. Progress toward those goals has been slowed by questions about the safety of the tiny particles when injected directly into the body, where they can sometimes accumulate in certain organs with unknown longterm effects... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature May/June 2021
Finding New Ways To Treat Tremors
An estimated ten million people in the United States have a condition known as essential tremor (ET). Yet although it’s been recognized for over a century—it was originally known as senile tremor—there is relatively little awareness of it as a distinct medical condition. Sometimes mistaken for Parkinson’s disease, ET can lead to shaking of the arms and hands, and sometimes the head or torso. When severe, it can interfere with eating or drinking, writing, dressing, and even make some tasks impossible. Now, new approaches for treating the condition are emerging, potentially offering options to many patients whose life activities have been curtailed by ET... Read more