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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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Mexico City quake: A few seconds’ warning can still save lives

for New Scientist
Last week’s magnitude 7.1 quake caught me, and everyone in Mexico City, by surprise. We are used to getting lots of warning before an earthquake – and this time, we didn’t.
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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.
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Photo Essay: Geopolitical pawns, the fishermen of Lý Sơn, Vietnam

for Mongabay
Published: April 17, 2015

Vietnamese fisherman caught between massive political and environmental forces.
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Birth Of The World’s First Underwater Museum

for The Last Word on Nothing
Published: September 2013

A few months ago, I got my dream assignment. Well, okay, it wasn’t really an assignment – I cajoled an editor into letting me write about Cancun’s famous underwater museum, Museo Subacuatico de Arte, or MUSA.
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Saving the survivor: China scrambles to keep the finless porpoise from extinction


(For the full story click here)
On the morning of July 14, 2002 Qi Qi ate breakfast as he always did. As the world’s only captive baiji – or Yangtze river dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer) – Qi Qi was something of a celebrity in China and his caretakers kept a close eye …

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First-Aid Snakebite Drug Could Save Thousands of Lives

for Discover Crux Blog
A decade ago, Joe Slowinski of the California Academy of Sciences went into the jungles of Myanmar in search of new species of snakes and other vertebrates. One morning, he groggily reached into a bag of vipers he thought to be harmless and when he pulled his hand ou
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Donald Trump Is the World’s Greatest Performance Artist

for The Last Word on Nothing
Published: September 2014

My (relatively) serious theory that Donald Trump is not who he says he is.
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Dusting Off Metaphors

for The Last Word on Nothing
Published: September 2013

As a science writer, I trade in metaphors. It’s not just how many dump trucks to fill the Grand Canyon or how close whale intestines would get to the moon if stretched out – that’s amateur hour.
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Boobies Behaving Badly

for The Last Word on Nothing
Published: September 2015

Hugh Drummond’s work on booby behavior is some of the most profound and enlightening science I have ever come across. But first, you have to understand that boobies are dicks. Seriously, they are profoundly selfish douchebags.