Greg Miller

Independent science journalist

I am a science and technology journalist based in Portland, Oregon. I'm currently working on a book about maps and mapmaking for National Geographic, due out in October, 2018. I also co-author the cartography blog All Over the Map at National Geographic.

Previously I was a senior writer at WIRED and a staff writer at Science. I've written extensively about neuroscience and other areas of biological, behavioral, and social science. I'm especially interested in stories about how emerging science and technology are challenging our social, ethical, and legal conventions.

In 2013, I was part of a team of writers who received the magazine journalism award from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine for a special issue of Science devoted to research on human conflict. My piece examined how unmanned drones are changing the psychology of warfare. As a Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism, I traveled to Sri Lanka, India, and China in 2005 to report a series of articles for Science on the challenges of treating mental illness in developing countries. In 2012 I visited Aceh, Indonesia to report on a novel community mental health program in development there.

Before becoming a journalist, I earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Stanford University and completed the graduate science writing program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. You can find out more about me by downloading my CV above, or contacting me at gmiller585@gmail.com. Follow me on Twitter @dosmonos.

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National Geographic

New Map Reveals Ships Buried Below San Francisco

Every day thousands of passengers on underground streetcars in San Francisco pass through the hull of a 19th-century ship without knowing it. Likewise, thousands of pedestrians...

The Atlantic

A New Test of Pot's Potential to Replace Painkillers

After two years of bureaucratic hurdles, the first study to directly compare cannabis with an opioid drug is about to begin.

The Atlantic

The Many Ways to Map the Brain

Brain mapping has come a long way since the days of Korbinian Brodmann. The German neurologist was cutting edge for the early 1900s, using newly invented chemical stains that...

WIRED

Inside the Secret World of Russia's Cold War Mapmakers

A military helicopter was on the ground when Russell Guy arrived at the helipad near Tallinn, Estonia, with a briefcase filled with $250,000 in cash. The place made him...

National Geographic

The 19th Century Doctor Who Mapped His Hallucinations

Hubert Airy first became aware of his affliction in the fall of 1854, when he noticed a small blind spot interfering with his ability to read. "At first it looked just like the...

WIRED

The Strange New World of DIY Brain Stimulation

When Brent Williams got to RadioShack that day in the spring of 2012, he knew exactly what he was looking for: a variable resistor, a current regulator, a circuit board, and a...

Science

Drone Wars

Are remotely piloted aircraft changing the nature of war? This article won a share of the 2013 magazine journalism award from the National Academies.

Science

Who Needs Psychiatrists?

A follow-up to my 2004-05 Carter Center fellowship, this article looks at an innovative community mental health program in Aceh, Indonesia.

Smithsonian

How Our Brains Make Memories

This feature story about the malleability of memory won the Michael E. DeBakey national print journalism award in 2011.

WIRED

How Movies Manipulate Your Brain to Keep You Entertained

The first in an online series about what cognitive scientists are learning about why we love cinema--and what directors intuitively know about how our brains process what we see.

WIRED

A Gruesome War Crime Renews Concerns About a Malaria Drug's Psychiatric Side Effects

Early the morning of March 11, 2012, Army staff sergeant Robert Bales left his remote outpost in an impoverished region of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan and killed 16 people in...

WIRED

These Funky Microbes Make Your Favorite Foods More Delicious

In this gallery several scientists helped us explore the biology of some of the microbes that make our food and drink more delicious. Isn't it time you got to know them a little...

Science and technology

Science

Pioneering study images activity in fetal brains

Babies born prematurely are prone to problems later in life-they're more likely to develop autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and more likely to struggle in...

Science

Could pot help solve the U.S. opioid epidemic?

In the mid-19th century, some European doctors became fascinated with a plant-derived drug recently imported from India. Cannabis had been used as medicine for millennia in...

The Atlantic

Why Won't Americans Let Bygones Be Bygones Online?

The country has long prided itself as a land of reinvention, but not if it means abandoning the right to know what the neighbors are up to.

Science

Roots of the Urban Mind

A provocative new idea suggests that the stress of living with strangers spawned innovations in architecture and culture--and helped create cities as we now know them

The Atlantic

The Growing Influence of Neuroscience in the Courtroom

A new study found that the number of judicial opinions referencing neuroscience as evidence more than doubled between 2005 and 2012. Please consider disabling it for our site,...

Science

Brain scans are prone to false positives, study says

A new study suggests that common settings used in software for analyzing brain scans may lead to false positive results. (Image: National Institute of Mental Health)