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The Los Angeles Times

Stanford scientist, after decades of study, concludes: We don't have free will (Oct. 17, 2023)

Saving Mt. Wilson Observatory (Oct. 3, 2023)

This space artist changed the way we see the universe (July 26, 2023)

An asteroid will just miss us in 2029 (Feb. 20, 2023)

Bones, sweat and years: What it takes to dig up a dinosaur (Aug. 19, 2022)

The amazing story of Reggie, L.A.’s celebrity alligator (May 24, 2022)

Writing award winner, California News Publishers Association 


The New Yorker 

How to find a missing person with dementia (May 23, 2023)

Sherry Turkle’s plugged-in year (March 23, 2021)

How close is humanity to the edge? (Nov. 21, 2020)


The New York Times

When Pigs Cry: Tool Decodes the Emotional Lives of Swine (March 9, 2022)

Melting Arctic Is a Bonanza for the Ocean’s Natural Born Killers (Dec. 2, 2021)

As We Live Longer, How Should Life Change? There Is a Blueprint (Nov. 23, 2021)

Fearsome Dinosaur That Stalked Australia Was a Timid Plant Eater (Oct. 21, 2021)

For Years, Western Scientists Stigmatized Periods. We’re Living the Consequences (July 12, 2021)

In Lockdown, an 86-Year-Old Blogger Finds an Audience and a New Purpose (Sept. 27, 2020)


Time Magazine

The new science of forgetting (April 28, 2022)

AI can now crack jokes — but it’s no laughing matter (Jan. 4, 2022)

Artificial intelligence is here to calm your road rage (Aug. 26, 2020)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A robot and a team of Irish scientists walk into a senior living home (Oct. 4, 2019) 

This was the cover story of Time’s annual health care issue.



Welcome to the New Midlife Crisis (Nov. 22, 2019)

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


Robots will probably help care for you when you’re old (Sept. 11, 2018)

I let Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson run my life for a week (Oct. 11, 2017)

The Rock responded. That was the second-happiest I've ever been on Twitter.

Selling US-themed souvenirs used to be straightforward. Then Trump got elected (Sept. 24, 2017)

“Game of Thrones,” one of the most expensive shows ever made, used cheap Ikea rugs as capes (Aug. 5, 2017)

I broke this story, and now Ikea publishes directions for rug costumes. Never say my journalism doesn’t change the world.

Inside the highly experimental, loosely regulated world of for-profit body donation (Feb. 21, 2017)

The highly profitable, deeply adorable, and emotionally fraught world of Instagram’s famous animals (Feb. 16, 2016)


GlobalPost (now The World)

When Terror Gets Old (July 15, 2015)

This multimedia series about Northern Ireland’s aging ex-paramilitaries was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. 

Calamity Calling: Ice, ice melting (Dec. 9, 2013)

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