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The Souless Flesh-Eating Kea

for The Last Word on Nothing
Published: August 2013

In the Southern summer of 2004, my then-girlfriend and I were camped in a shelter near a rock climbing area in New Zealand called Flock Hill. It was a gorgeous landscape, sweeping grassy hills made famous as Rohan in the “Lord of the Rings” and glacial erratics from the final …

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How Does This Shark Town Cope With Its Summer Visitors?

for National Geographic

Published: June, 2016

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Chatham, Massachusetts
Seven years ago, this was just another sleepy seaside town. After weathering long winters, vacationers from throughout New England packed its beaches every summer.

But over Labor Day weekend of 2009, some visitors arrived that would change this Cape Cod town forever: Great white sharks.

That …

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Bee Researchers Make Friends with a Killer

for Scientific American
Published: November 2013

Latin America finds Africanized killer bees are better honey producers than expected
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Slow Quakes Add Clues for Forecasting Terrible Tremors

for Scientific American
Published: July 18, 2016

Slow earthquakes may be one of the most likely pathways to earthquake forecasting.
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Have We Been Misreading a Crucial Maya Codex for Centuries?

for National Geographic

A new look at the Dresden Codex may change our understanding of the ways the Maya used the night sky to plan their ceremonial calendars.
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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.
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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
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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.