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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Portfolio

WIRED

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

WIRED

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....

WIRED

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...

WIRED

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...

WIRED

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...