Darren Orf

Darren Orf is a writer and editor with an unceasing passion for science and the natural world. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his cat named Dune and his previous work can be found at Popular Mechanics, Gizmodo, and many other small pockets of the internet.


Blue Origin rocket suffers severe malfunction in flight

At least it’s a good test of safety systems.

watch out, avi

The Webb Telescope will drop everything to observe the next interstellar object

Comet? Asteroid? Alien? Webb could suss out these strange interlopers.

reveal yourself!

How the Webb Telescope will unveil the mysteries of cosmic star-making factories

Scientists know galaxy mergers play a big role in forming today’s universe. They just don’t know how they work.


The answer to the Planet Nine mystery could come sooner than you think

Is it a planet, a black hole, or a group of planets? One astronomer has an ambitious idea to find out.


Scientists just laid the cornerstone of our quantum internet future

And the mortar holding it together is teleportation.