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Unprecedented Maya Mural Found, Contradicts 2012 “Doomsday” Myth

for National Geographic
Published: May 2012

Under the Guatemalan jungle, 1,200-year-old paintings like no others.
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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
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Seven Species: A Visual Primer on the Sea of Cortez

for Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

(Click here for original article)
Sea Cucumber
The giant (or brown) sea cucumber (Isostichopus fuscus) isn’t much to look at. It’s a sort of lumpy brown cylinder that creeps along the ocean and just seems – how do I put it – somewhat fecal in nature.
But don’t be fooled. Considered an Asian …

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New Artifact-Filled Chambers Revealed under Teotihuacan


Published: October 31, 2014

Rooms beneath the mysterious city contain jade statues, jaguar remains and thousands of other objects.
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Paleo Sleuth

for Howard Hughes Medical Institute

An insatiable curiosity has led paleontologist Julia Clarke to far-flung regions - and to far-ranging collaborations
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Is There Such A Thing As Extinction Proof?

for The Last Word on Nothing

Last year, I reported a story about sharks disappearing in the Sea of Cortez. The story deals with one little spot near the bottom of the Baja Peninsula called El Bajo. El Bajo is famous for two things, I suppose. One, it’s the site where scientists discovered a now-famous behavior …

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Why Archeologists Hate Indiana Jones

for Last Word on Nothing
Published: September 9, 2014

Blog post questioning the professional ethics of Indiana Jones.
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Dinner Guide to Saving the Ocean

for The Last Word on Nothing

I am that guy.
You know the one. When the waiter comes to the table to give the specials, I’m the one who needs to know where the snapper’s from, how the swordfish was caught, and whether the salmon is farm-raised. My brother generally starts apologizing for me as soon as I open my …

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Homo Oceanus


Water is fundamental for life: does the human brain have a special placeholder for it?
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The Big Splash

for San Francisco
Published: October 2009

A 2009 Q&A for San Francisco Magazine about the math behind rogue waves.