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Why Nothing Works

for Discover
Published: July 2014


Once dismissed as a psychological curiosity, the placebo effect is now recognized as the key to the brain’s “inner pharmacy.” If only doctors knew how to open the medicine cabinet.
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Gods of Blood And Stone

for Scientific American
Published: July 2014


Long cloaked in mystery, the ancient Teotihuacán culture is at last giving up its secrets.
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On Call in the Wild

for Discover
Published: April 2014


Wilderness physician Matt Lewin has traveled to the nether reaches of the planet to treat scientists in the field.
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A Bookseller And His Well

for The Last Word on Nothing

A tale of Francis “Steve” Stephenson, who owned a small bookstore in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And the hundreds of lives he saved.
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Pictures and Prose: When photographers and writers work together

for The Open Notebook

I ask a roundtable of writers, editors and photographers to discuss the value of teaming up and how they make it work.
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An Open Letter to Yosemite National Park

for The Last Word on Nothing

A national park in crisis, a crippling disease, and a yappy little dog.
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Cocaine Is Evil

for Slate
Published: December 2013


The gruesomeness of the drug trade rivals any atrocities in history.
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Are Dolphins Not as Smart as We Thought?

for Discover Crux Blog
Published: October 2013


In Douglas Adams’s hilarious classic, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, there are several animals said to be cleverer than humans.
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Why can’t mexico make science pay off?

for Scientific American
Published: October 2013


The nation is poised to explode into the information economy— and yet stubbornly refuses to do so
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After the Fish Are Gone

for Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Documentary short created for the 2013 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
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Emptying the World’s Aquarium

for Harper's Magazine
Published: August, 2013


The dismal future of the global fishery