How Close Is Humanity to the Edge? 

This New Yorker piece examines the possibility of humanity's extinction, and why it's worth being optimistic about the greatest threat of all.

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Feeling Scatterbrained? Here's Why 

For the New York Times, a look at the ways the chronic stress of quarantine changes behavior and the body.

Read at NYT


The robot that could change the senior care industry 

A robot and a team of Irish scientists walk into a nursing home. The rest is in this October 2019 Time cover story.

Read at Time

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What do we look for in a 'good' robot colleague? 

A growing share of us work with robots in their daily lives. There are times when we cut robots slack we wouldn't for humans—and times when they annoy us more.

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Robots will probably help care for you when you're old 

When cognition starts to decline with age, what's the most ethical way to integrate robots and reality?

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Inside the highly experimental, loosely regulated world of for-profit body donation

Months before Reuters, I tracked the shady world of for-profit tissue donation—starting at a very unusual place.

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I let Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson run my life for a week

Unpacking the secrets of the man shoving us all a little closer to greatness. See what the Rock said about this story here.

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To actually have a successful marriage with two careers, rethink everything you’re doing now

Navigating a dual-career marriage can sometimes feel like a zero-sum game. Can we do better?

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The highly profitable, deeply adorable, and emotionally fraught world of Instagram’s famous animals

A look at the complicated relationships between famous pets and the humans who love them.

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MeToo hijacked black women’s work on race and gender equality

When the experiences of victims who are white, wealthy, and privileged are prioritized over those who are not.

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Ice, ice melting

A report from Greenland, where climate change is already changing the landscape and people's lives. 

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Queen Elizabeth II owns all of the UK’s swans. And every year, she counts them

A mad, mad ride with the crown’s official swan census.

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In Lockdown, an 86-Year-Old Blogger Finds an Audience and a New Purpose 

How an elderly London widow conquered isolation and earned a global audience of fans along the way.

Read at NYT

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Quarantine Anyone? When Everyday Drinking Becomes a Problem

This piece looks at how chronic stress and isolation can shift formerly benign drinking habits in a different direction.

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Welcome to the new midlife crisis 

Taffy Brodesser-Akner said she wished she'd read this piece on midlife before writing Fleishman Is In Trouble, and that was the happiest I've ever been on Twitter.

Read at Forge

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Do screen time rules still apply in lockdown?

I talked to the American Academy of Pediatrics and childrens' media experts. None of them care how much your kids are on screens in lockdown.

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How AI changed organ donation in the US

Paired kidney exchange is one of AI's greatest success stories—and a perfect example of its limits. 

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Why everyone around the world is having the same nightmare

This story explores the science of sleep paralysis—and the fascinating reasons why the same nightmarish figures appear in dreams around the globe.

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Selling US-themed souvenirs used to be straightforward. Then Trump got elected

How a humble gift shop chain ended up on the frontlines of a culture war.

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The psychology behind why couples always fight when assembling Ikea furniture

On a good day, we avoid blame and take the enlightened view. An Ikea day is another story.

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This man used to hunt Belfast Catholics with a .357 Magnum. Here’s his story

A former paramilitary grapples with age, regret, and redemption. Part of my series When Terror Gets Old.

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Everything about this ridiculous “CNN Nutrition” ad is a lie

One of two pieces dissecting an absurd—and dangerous—viral scam.

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A stressed, sleep-deprived couple accidentally invented the modern alien abduction phenomenon

Their experience birthed a genre, and says a lot about why we believe what we do.

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“Game of Thrones,” one of the most expensive shows ever made, used cheap Ikea rugs as capes

I broke this story, and now Ikea publishes directions for rug costumes. Don’t say my journalism doesn’t change the world.

Read at Quartz