Copyright Dominic Bracco II

Feeding the Billions

for Scientific American
Published: April 2015


How a small group of visionaries are trying to feed China—and save the world's oceans.
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Manifesto of a Wasp Scientist

for The Last Word on Nothing

All characters in this essay are fictional and should not be confused with real scientists. I ask that no bee researcher take offense.
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Hugh and the Boobies

for Hakai Magazine
Published: April 22, 2015


Like characters in a soap opera, boobies on a remote Mexican island cheat, kill, and jostle for power.
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An Ocean Apart

for Virginia Quarterly Review
Published: Spring 2015


Can two forces threatening the sustainability of sharks—the fishermen of Mexico and consumers in China—help the fish survive?
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Losing Maya Heritage to Looters

for National Geographic
Published: August 8, 2014


Stolen artifacts are making it from the Guatemalan jungle to wealthy black-market buyers.
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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.