A New Frontier at The Atlantic

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Yesterday, we introduced our new Science section, and in the aftermath, one of my colleagues pointed out that I still hadn’t properly introduced myself. So here goes!

I’m Ross Andersen, the new editor of the Science, Technology, and Health sections here at The Atlantic. I’ve just come here from Aeon Magazine, where I edited—and wrote—feature essays. If you want to get a feel for the various obsessions that run through my work, my 2014 profile of Elon Musk is probably the best place to start.

Notes was one of the (many) reasons I was excited to come to The Atlantic. I cut my Internet teeth during the golden era of blogging, back when the Daily Dish was the essential RSS feed. It’s an honor—and a whole lot of fun—to take part in that tradition, especially alongside Chris Bodenner, an esteemed Dish alum.

In that spirit, I’m hoping to pop by and drop quick thoughts here on a regular basis. I’m also hoping to share cool finds from the strange worlds of Science, Technology, and Health, starting now.

As you’ll soon be able to tell, I’m crazy about space exploration. And so I was thrilled to see today’s news confirming that there is indeed a subsurface ocean on Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons. It’s going to be a while before we can send a lander to Enceladus, much less one capable of drilling beneath its thick, icy surface. In the meantime, while we wonder about what’s waiting down there, we can ogle this gorgeous image of Enceladus’ surface: