Greg Miller

Independent science journalist

I am a science and technology journalist based in Portland, Oregon. Previously I was a senior writer at WIRED and a staff writer at Science. I write 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.

I also love maps, and I co-author the cartography blog All Over the Map at National Geographic.

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 [at] gmail.com.

Portfolio

Secret Japanese Military Maps Could Open a New Window on Asia's Past
These maps were captured in the waning days of World War II as the U.S. Army took control of Japan. American soldiers confiscated thousands of secret Japanese military maps and...
He Collected 12,000 Road Maps-Now We're Discovering Their Secrets
Robert Berlo got hooked on maps at an early age. As a kid growing up in San Francisco he'd pore over roadmaps in the backseat of the car on family vacations. Sometime around age...
How Mapmakers Make Mountains Rise Off the Page
Here are a few of the ways cartographers have created the illusion of depth on maps through the centuries.
The Unlikely Story of the Map That Helped Create Our Nation
It's arguably the most important map in our country's history. After the Revolutionary War, British and American representatives met in Paris to negotiate the boundaries of a...
These 15th-Century Maps Show How the Apocalypse Will Go Down
In 15th-century Europe, the Apocalypse weighed heavily on the minds of the people. Plagues were rampant. The once-great capital of the Roman empire, Constantinople, had fallen...
The Huge, Unseen Operation Behind the Accuracy of Google Maps
The maps we use to navigate have come a long way in a short time. Since the '90s we've gone from glove boxes stuffed with paper maps to floorboards littered with Mapquest...
Uncovering Hidden Text on a 500-Year-Old Map That Guided Columbus
Christopher Columbus probably used the map above as he planned his first voyage across the Atlantic in 1492. It represents much of what Europeans knew about geography on the...
Autonomous Cars Will Require a Totally New Kind of Map
As the vehicle navigated the labyrinthine streets of London and headed for the countryside of Surrey with uncommon speed, the passengers must have felt a bit unnerved. Having...
How the U.S. Maps the World's Most Disputed Territories
When the United States decides to recognize a new foreign government, or an existing country decides to change its name, Leo Dillon and his team at the U.S. State Department...
1885 Map Reveals Vice in San Francisco's Chinatown and Racism at City Hall
Sometimes a map can act like a time machine. This one shows San Francisco's Chinatown in 1885, and it shows that it was a pretty wild place. The color coding shows several kinds...
18 Maps From When the World Thought California Was an Island
Glen McLaughlin wandered into a London map shop in 1971 and discovered something strange. On a map from 1663 he noticed something he'd never seen before: California was floating...

Strange episodes in the history of science

Strange Antique Medical Devices That Promised to Cure Everything With Electricity
Friend, have you felt your manly vigor waning? Have you experienced shaky nerves or sexual debility? Fear not! A cure is at hand. Experience the restorative virtues of Dr....
Vintage Pesticide Paraphernalia From the Glory Days of DDT
The insecticide DDT is mostly thought of today as a bird-killing eco-nightmare. But it wasn't always so. DDT was once a Nobel Prize-worthy miracle of modern chemistry. And for...
Timothy Leary's Transformation From Scientist to Psychedelic Celebrity
Timothy Leary's life is now open to the public. The archives of the one-time Harvard psychologist who became an evangelist for the mind-expanding potential of hallucinogenic...
Tech Time Warp of the Week: The 1977 Tablet Computer That Took Up an Entire Room
In the late '70s, researchers at MIT built a tablet that filled an entire room. It was called the Spatial Data Management System, and although it was enormous, it was an awful...

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