Here’s What Placebos Can Heal—And What They Can’t

for National Geographic Book Talk

Published: Nov 27, 2016

The latest research in biochemistry reveals that your brain can actually self-medicate.

A Dad Takes His Son To The Doctor And Discovers Fear Of Vaccines

for NPR

Published: June 10, 2017

A father discovers an odd fear of vaccines

The Science Behind Miracles

for Outside

Published: Jan 16, 2017

How our minds push our bodies to defy expectations, beliefs, and even our own biology—in short, to make miracles
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It’s Time to Evolve. Yes, You Too.

for The Last Word on Nothing
Essay that suggests we quit arguing about evolution vs creation. The whole thing smacks of entertainment anyway.

In the Depths of the Oceans, Human Activities Are Beginning to Take Their Toll

Published: June 7, 2017

Once seen as too remote to harm, the deep sea is facing new pressures from mining, pollution, overfishing and more.
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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

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 …


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