# Gabriel Popkin

Gabriel Popkin is a freelance science writer in Mount Rainier, Maryland.

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## Ocean Wave Breaking Stirs Up Atmosphere

Published May 3, 2013

Simulations show that breaking ocean waves contribute most of their energy to the air, rather than the water, which could affect cloud formation and climate evolution.

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## Circuits for Light

Published August 16, 2013

Devices that process light signals the way traditional circuits process electronic signals can now work in a technologically important wavelength range.

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## Voter Model Works for US Elections

Published April 18, 2014

A computer simulation of individual voter behavior matches statistical measures of data from $30$ years of US presidential elections.

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## Thin-film Peeling is Not Always Smooth

Published June 6, 2014

The attractive force that allows geckos to walk on the ceiling fluctuates in time at the nanoscale, potentially causing a gecko’s feet to detach from a surface more easily than previous theories suggested.