A potpourri of pieces on science, health, technology and the environment
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Let 'em play!
My most recent piece for Scientific American MIND is about the importance of spontaneous free play for kids -- and what might happen as a result of its demise. Parents and schools are letting kids play less and less these days, and this could have implications for the social and emotional health of generations to come. (If you get the chance to peek at the print version, do -- the pictures of kids and animals playing are heart-melting!)
I also talked about this piece (and a few others I've recently written) on New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth a few weeks ago. You can listen to the segment here.
I am a freelance science journalist based in New York City -- in other words, I live in the most expensive city in the world without a steady income. I have written for publications including Seed, The Scientist, the Boston Globe, Wired and Scientific American. Check out my website at http://www.melindawenner.com.