Lynne Peskoe-Yang is a freelance science and science fiction writer.

Paris firefighters used this remote-controlled robot to extinguish the Notre Dame blaze [IEEE Spectrum]

Paris firefighters used this remote-controlled robot to extinguish the Notre Dame blaze [IEEE Spectrum]

The Paris Fire Brigade has seen its share of logistical challenges, but the massive conflagration that consumed parts of the Notre Dame cathedral on the night of 15 April required a fight of epic proportions. The cathedral is 856 years old and built in a style that makes it almost structurally impossible to contain a fire. The site doubles as both a wildly popular tourist attraction and a holy site for Christians. Defending this symbol of French heritage would require all the tactical and physical power the Brigade had at its disposal—human and otherwise.

My latest for IEEE Spectrum is here, about a little French firefighting robot I’m trying very hard not to adopt as a pet.

It's dangerous to go alone. Send these squishy space robots in first. [Popular Mechanics]

It's dangerous to go alone. Send these squishy space robots in first. [Popular Mechanics]

Sovereignty by the barrel: Tribes sit on vast reserves of oil, coal, natural gas, and uranium. Is this a blessing or a curse? [Katie Scarlett Brandt for Native Science Report]

Sovereignty by the barrel: Tribes sit on vast reserves of oil, coal, natural gas, and uranium. Is this a blessing or a curse? [Katie Scarlett Brandt for Native Science Report]