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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Why trials of autism treatments have a placebo problem

for Spectrum
Published: November 2016


People with autism — and their family members — are susceptible to powerful placebo effects. Some researchers are using the problem to better understand this mystifying phenomenon.
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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.
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Mesmerising

for Aeon
Published: November 2016


Look into my eyes: the fantastical history, mysterious healing power and emergent neuroscience of hypnosis
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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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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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The Hidden Coastal Culture of the Ancient Maya

for Hakai
Published: November 6, 2018


For thousands of years, ancient Maya kings ruled a vast inland empire in Mexico and Belize. But just how inland was it, really?
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Interview: Happening Now

for Happening Now

I appeared on a national news show to talk about the book and the cover story.
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Early Warnings of Terrible Earthquakes Appear High in the Sky, a New Theory Says

for Scientific American
Published: October, 2018


The best early warnings of a big disaster may appear 180 miles above the ground, a controversial new theory says