I kneeled over a small blue box covered in dials, hand poised over a detonator button. I yelled “fire in the hole,” three times (the safety protocol for a test range), then pressed the trigger. The concrete bunker muffled the sound of the explosion as the shape charge fired, but it was still strong enough to rattle my teeth. No, I am not an explosives expert—I am a science writer.
That’s how recent CALS grad Alexandra Branscombe begins her description of her first year as a science writer. Read her account on the LSC website.