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November 2023

How 1% of the population producing 1% of GDP rearranged the political landscape in the Netherlands—

and why your country might be next. 

The Guardian Long Reads

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May 2023

I traveled to Kenya to interview victims of ​Tanzanian government violence against their own (unarmed, civilian) citizens. 

Photo: Adriane Ohanesian

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May 2023

An investigation into airlines' efforts to decarbonize. 

Illustration: Adobe

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Liar, Liar, Brain on Fire

April 2023

Why do some people have such a dangerous relationship with the truth? 

Photo: Tom Wiliams/Getty Images

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September 2022

9,000 bird flu events worldwide. 1 billion chickens in an area one-quarter the size of Alabama. Poultry farmers mixing human flu viruses with birds’. Experts say it’s a recipe for disaster.

For The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

photo credit: Roy Slaterus [Sovon]

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May 2022

Explanatory feature on how the industry evades EU law to dump its toxic ships on poor countries.
Hakai magazine

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April 2022

My third feature on how European cities are transforming their mobility networks for a climate-constrained future concerns Paris's new Plan Vélo.


 illustration by Bill Brown

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December 2021

For MIT's Undark:

How lockdown-induced stress in pregnant women will likely echo in the health of American kids across the course of their lives. 

Photo credit: Jeffrey Basinger/Newsday RM via Getty Images

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October 2021

A reported essay on why I defected from California to the Netherlands.
illustration by Nancy Hope

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August 2021

For Businessweek's annual special "Cities" issue: The political perils of climate-fueled and Covid-accelerated lifestyle upgrades (with Marc Herman)

illustration by Baptiste Virot

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April 2021

Inside Israel's Aleph Farms, which aims to be the first purveyor of restaurant-quality cultivated meat.

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January 2021

For Nature: Regulators will soon grapple with how to safely administer powerful psychedelics for treating depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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January 2021

For the new social justice-focused magazine Red Canary, my longtime colleague Marc Herman & I wrote about efforts in European cities to oust motorized traffic from their centers.

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October 2020

For Popular Science, how small satellites are now enabling detection and measurement of oil-industry emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane.

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September 2020

I traveled to five cities over five months to report this 6,000-word feature for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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August 2020

Although salmon and shrimp farming dominate conversations in the Global North, they represent just 10% of global aquaculture production. Entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia are showing a better way. 

This article was part of a package that won 2nd place for explanatory reporting, small newsrrom, from the Society of Environmental Journalists. 


With Htoo Tay Zar

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July 2020

Assigned for The New Yorker's print publication, for reasons beyond my control I was unable to get this done in a timeframe that worked for their schedule so it ended up on the website only.

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June 2020

By May 2020, it looked like the Dutch had beaten the coronavirus without the extreme measures of other countries. How'd they do that?

For Bloomberg Businessweek

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April 2020

On current efforts to commercialize psychedelics as pharmaceuticals.

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March 2020

Feature for Bloomberg Green on the health effects of pre-harvest burning of sugar crops.

Photo: Sofia Valiente

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December 2019

Feature in TheAtlantic.com on why U.S. jails are illegally holding people with mental illness before they are convicted or even tried of any crime.

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November 2019

Feature in Scientific American on how Russia or a non-state actor could bring the US to its knees without firing a shot.

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October 2019

Feature for MIT Technology Review on a DARPA program to develop a non-invasive brain-computer interface.

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August 2019

Feature in Bloomberg Businessweek's special issue on the Periodic Table.

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April, 2019

Feature profile of the Democratic presidential candidate for Wired.com's Backchannel

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March 2019

I traveled to Madagascar for National Geographic's Wildlife Watch to report on how gem mining in a protected area is endangering lemurs.

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March 2019

For 5280, Denver's ASME-award wininng city magazine.

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February 2019

For The Guardian (UK) "Long Read," I examined the growth of the world's most ubiquitous invisible commodity.

"The best thing written about the issue that I've read." —George McGavin, Ph.D  

audio version here

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September 2018

I traveled to Raratonga to report on a scientific experiment to determine why some coral reefs survive bleaching events and other human insults. Assigned by the California Academy of Sciences' bioGraphic and co-published by Scientific American.

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July 2018

I examined the global economy's dependence on the vulnerable GPS system in a feature for Bloomberg Businessweek.

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Februrary 2018

In a feature for Car & Driver I explored investors' love affair with the EV manufacturer.

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Februrary 2018

Will robots replace humans of arbiters of culture, beauty, and refinement? For Town & Country

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March 2017

For Bloomberg Businessweek, on the race to get the mineral out of Clayton Valley and into your iPhones and Teslas

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March 2017

Silicon Valley's quest to cure death.

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June 2016

For Nature, a profile of a scientist using mass spectrometry to explore the microbiome.

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April 2016

For Scientific American, a report from the iconic islands on the difficulties of managing a boom in eco-tourism.

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June 2015

For Participant Media, on Google's venture with Jane Goodall showing the promise—and limits—of data and devices in the fight against deforestation.

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March 2015

For The New York Times Magazine, a profile of the iconic scientist and conservationist. Winner of the Deadline Club's award for best magazine profile.

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May 2014

For Participant Media, on wildlife biologists' call on animal parks to do more for conservation.

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March 2014

For Participant Media: The first medicine developed straight from pot plants is poised for FDA approval. What would that mean for medical cannabis, legalization, and patients in need?

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September 2013

A cover story for The New York Times Magazine on uncovering the science behind how forest fires spread

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August 2013

For The New York Times Sunday Business section, on a new technology to turn garbage into energy

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March 2013

I went to Madrid and Barcelona to explore a Republican billionaire's plan to build a giant hotel and casino complex, pitched as a savior for the regions' sagging economies.

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January 2013

For The New York Times Magazine, an exclusive on the first capital criminal case to go through a pre-adjudication restorative justice process.
"An incredible story, masterfully told."—Dave Eggers

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October 2012

For The New York Times Magazine, a look at how social media popularized a treatment for multiple sclerosis absent any scientific evidence

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November 2011

For Bloomberg Businessweek, an examination of the (weak) economics of the proposed pipeline

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March 2011

For Fast Company, on the addition of environmental data to the media giant's terminal for the financial industry

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2011

An examination of the controversial plan to save Southern California's water supply from an overdue earthquake, in Pacific Standard

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2010

In Pacific Standard, a profile of the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions

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2010

For Sierra, a look at L.A.'s effort to transition to renewable energy

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2003

Cover story for the L.A. Times Magazine on the commercialization of yoga

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November 1997

For New York magazine, a profile of an up-and-coming fiction writer

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October 1995

My first feature for a major magazine (New York) was rather salubriously edited, to my regret. But I think it shows some (perhaps not entirely fulfilled) precociousness.

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