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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
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Why the Mexico City Earthquake Shook Up Disaster Predictions

for Scientific American
Published: September 21, 2017


Tuesday’s deadly quake did not come from the place many geologists thought would unleash the next “big one.”
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TEDX: Chronic Pain – Shedding the Second Dark Age


Published: September 26, 2017


Chronic Pain: Shedding the Second Dark Age
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How Fireflies Are Keeping This Tiny Mexican Town Alive

for National Geographic
Published: August 24, 2017


In Nanacamilpa, a magical display of fireflies is attracting tourists by the thousands—now locals wonder how they can sustain the insect that brought them so much prosperity.
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Stewards of the Sea

for National Geographic
Published: September 2017


As fish populations crash elsewhere, towns limit catches to stabilize harvests, boost tourism, and preserve a way of life.
Fishermen from the Cocopah community raise their nets in the gulf of the Rio Colorado during the Curvina season.

Requiem for the Vaquita

for Scientific American
Published: August 2017


What the demise of a small Mexican porpoise tells us about extinction in the 21st century
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The Genius of Pinheads: When Little Brains Rule

for Scientific American
Published: March 28, 2017


Bigger brains are not always better