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Erik Vance | Science writer and reporter
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What Screen Addictions and Drug Addictions Have in Common

for NOVA
Published: October 23, 2018


New research shows that age-old concerns about the detrimental effects of screen time hold true.
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The Lobster Wars

for bioGraphic
Published: May 2019


In one coastal Mexican town, a sustainable fishery anchors the community. So why has Florida outlawed the same fishing methods?
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Maya bones bring a lost civilization to life

for Nature
Published: February 12, 2019


Trained in both medicine and archaeology, Vera Tiesler has revealed how the human body was deeply woven into the religion, tradition and politics of the Maya world.
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Heavy Rains and Hurricanes Clear a Path for Supercharged Mold

for Scientific American
Published: December 4, 2018


Warmer temperatures and rising CO2 can also ramp up some fungal toxins and allergens
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Early Warnings of Terrible Earthquakes Appear High in the Sky, a New Theory Says

for Scientific American
Published: October, 2018


The best early warnings of a big disaster may appear 180 miles above the ground, a controversial new theory says
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The Hidden Coastal Culture of the Ancient Maya

for Hakai
Published: November 6, 2018


For thousands of years, ancient Maya kings ruled a vast inland empire in Mexico and Belize. But just how inland was it, really?
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This Man Spent 30 Years Solving A Rare Bird’s Murder Mystery

for National Geographic
Published: August 2018


The Attwater prairie chicken has been on the verge of extinction for decades. Now it has one more chance.
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Conservation isn’t winning. Extinction is.

for The Washington Post
Published: July 13, 2018


An opinion editorial about how desperate small wild populations have become the norm in conservation.
Gabriel Vistrain Andrade works at his shop near the ruins of Teotihuacan. 

The ruins of Teotihuacan, just outside of Mexico City, are Mexico’s most popular archaeological attraction. Around the site are hawkers selling their wares. Most hustle the same obsidian daggers, jaguar noisemakers and jewelry - Gabriel Vistrain Andrade is the exception. His small shop at the entrance of the pyramids is a recreation of ancient techniques, design, and his own artistic touch.

An Homage to Teotihuacan

for Sapiens
Published: July 5, 2018


One modern Mexican artist is making souvenirs that shed light on the ancient peoples of this city and continue their aesthetic traditions.
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PBS NewsHour: The placebo effect’s role in healing, explained

for PBS NewsHour
Published: April 11, 2018


I traveled with a film crew to Huatla, Mexico, and Baltimore, Maryland, to understand the intersection of science, faith and healing.
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Can You Supercharge Your Baby?

for Scientific American
Published: June 2018


Hundreds of toys promise to help babies read, learn, do math and walk earlier than expected— many without scientific backing