My articles have been published in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, Slate, Discover, io9.com, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The New Republic and SPY magazine.
My writing covers a wide spectrum of topics, including politics, science, technology, travel, international security, religion and history. Over the years, I’ve appeared as a guest commentator on CNN, NPR and the BBC.
Landing on Mars will be easy compared to the task of getting back home.
Astronomers have at last pinpointed the home galaxy of an extremely powerful radio blast, offering clues to what caused the enigmatic event.
Killers? Hippies? Toolmakers? Scientists have trouble agreeing on the essence of humanity.
Ancient Hebrew texts and Egyptian tomb paintings reveal the origins of our favorite summertime fruit.
Archaeologists are increasingly confronted with demands to let past generations rest in peace.
Extraterrestrial life might exist, but there’s no guarantee that it hasn’t destroyed itself. Here’s how to detect an apocalypse on another world.
The drug’s ability to reduce seizures in some children has softened opposition to research.
Why the NRA joined the United Nations.
The rise and fall of the Office of Technology Assessment—and why we need it more than ever.
Forty years after the release of the groundbreaking study, were the concerns about overpopulation and the environment correct?
The president-elect previously has said that regulating cannabis is a state issue—but some of his closest advisers think otherwise.
A new international survey reveals what’s really driving the demand side of the ivory market.
For those who believe in the redemption of humanity through a singular event, the question poses an especially complex dilemma.
Anti-Semitism is again on the rise, as modern anxieties merge with old hatreds.
The weapon of not-as-much mass destruction proved to be a hard sell.
Why the myth of bombing Mother Nature into submission endures.
Encoded mysteries have existed through history—especially imaginary ones.
In the 17th century, scientists used physics to explain the miracles described in the Bible.
Some of the most pivotal battlefield innovations throughout history began as peacetime inventions.
We’re still here.
Ancient fortifications in Europe had melted stone walls—but it wasn’t battle damage.
Where did all this office jargon come from? Presenting a condensed etymology.
Were the prophecies of the French astrologer Nostradamus actually plot spoilers?
Around the world in 300 million years: Ten destinations spanning six continents that tell the story of life on Earth.