List of publications

  • Thacher, Meg. “Changing Times.” Highlights, December 2018 (in press).
    • the history of humans’ relationship with time; water clock activity
  • Thacher, Meg. “Fool’s Gold.” DIG into History, July/August 2018, 49-51.
    • science and history of pyrite, with a sidebar about alchemy, for DIG‘s “Gold” issue
  • Thacher, Meg. “Money…and Change!Highlights, April 2018, 20-23.
    • [commission] timeline of the development of money
  • Thacher, Meg. “The Terrible Legend of Kuluch and Olwen.” Cricket, March 2018, 16-22.
    • readers’ theatre-style retelling of the Welsh legend of Culwch and Olwen, with modern attitudes and a complete disregard for the fourth wall
  • Thacher, Meg. “Maria Mitchell: Astronomer.” Cobblestone, March 2018, 18-19.
    • profile of Maria Mitchell, America’s first female astronomer
  • Thacher, Meg. “Ready, Set, Eclipse!” Muse, July/August 2017, 10-15.
    • guide to the 2017 American Eclipse: where to go, what to see, and how to view it safely
  • Thacher, Meg. “Anatomy of a Star.” Muse, July/August 2017, 16-17.
    • infographic showing the structure of the sun
  • Thacher, Meg. “Where’s the Water?” Muse, May/June 2017, 24-25.
    • infographic identifying where water can be found in our solar system and beyond
  • Thacher, Meg. “Texting through the Ages.Muse, April 2017, 24-27.
    • the history of the text message, from semaphore to SMS
  • Thacher, Meg. “Martian Metropolis.” Muse, July/August 2016, 20-23.
    • how to build a science station on Mars, and what it would be like to live there
    • reprint to be published in Literature (HMH) 2020, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Grade 7 literature text, 2018
  • Thacher, Meg. “Experiment: Lemon Sent.” Muse, May/June 2016, 21.
    • DIY experiment: make a battery out of a lemon, penny, and aluminum foil
  • Thacher, Meg. “Science @Work: Engineer and entrepreneur Limor Fried.” Muse, May/June 2016, 18-20.
    • interview of the founder, owner, and lead engineer of Adafruit Industries
  • Thacher, Meg. “Science @Work: Allison O’Neill, MD, pediatric oncologist.” Muse, April 2016, 38-40.
    • interview and explanation of chemotherapy
  • Thacher, Meg. “About Relativity.” Muse, November/December 2015, 9-14.
    • [requested article] introduction to general relativity for MUSE’s special issue celebrating the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s theory
  • Thacher, Meg. “Rings, Arcs, Crosses, and Twins: How dark matter distorts space and bends light.” Muse, November/December 2015, 20-23.
    • the physics of gravitational lensing
  • Thacher, Meg & Preston, Elizabeth. “Muse News.” Muse, September 2015, 6-8.
    • current events: prehistoric kangaroos, whacky bird camouflage, predicting ER traffic, Hubble’s “Pillars of Creation” in high-def
  • Thacher, Meg & Preston, Elizabeth. “Bo’s Page.” Muse, July/August 2015, 4-5.
    • current events: observing a comet from Mars, really loud frogs, remote-controlled subs, health benefits of hugging
  • Thacher, Meg. “Yum, Shipwreck!” Ask, July/August 2015, 20-21.
    • infographic showing the progression from shipwreck to reef
  • Thacher, Meg. “Dangerous Chemical Alert!” Muse, March 2015, 9.
    • fake ad warning of the dangers of “DHMO” (water)
  • Thacher, Meg. “Experiment: Down the Drain.” Muse, March 2015, 45.
    • DIY experiment: Coriolis force
  • Thacher, Meg. “Mindset Matters.” Odyssey, March 2015, 26-29.
    • description of fixed versus growth mindset and how they affect learning
  • Thacher, Meg. “Waste + Water.Odyssey, November/December 2014, 26-27.
    • how sewage is treated so it can go back into the environment safely
  • Thacher, Meg. “Estaciones Extraterrestres.” Ask en Español, September/October 2014, 6-11.
    • translation of Ask, May/June 2013
  • Thacher, Meg. “Alien Seasons.” Ask, May/June 2013, 18-19.
    • reasons for the seasons on all the planets in our solar system