I've been writing about social sciences, health and biology for 11 years for The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Politifact, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Reader's Digest, The Jerusalem Post, GOOD Magazine, Popular Science, and other publications. Here are some of my favorites.
It’s pretty hard to catch single-celled organisms in the middle of sex.
“If you were a Martian looking down on Earth and asking if humans were sexual or not, if you couldn’t look through the windows, you’d never see humans having sex," John Logsdon, an early-eukaryotic-sex expert at the University of Iowa, told me. "Well, rarely.”
When I was a kid, adults told me that medicine would be so advanced by the time I grew up, I’d live to be 150.
It seems possible. Alas, not for me, personally, but as a concept. After all, modern medicine has surely been extending the human lifespan for hundreds of years … hasn’t it?
In 2017, a scam fooled millions of journalists, store owners, investors and ordinary people around the world. But the scammers weren’t after money ― and they were just as surprised as anyone that people believed them.
I once interviewed author Michael Lewis on the challenges of being a night owl. “Morning people ignore the bigotry at the heart of our culture,” Lewis told me. “It’s like a conspiracy of farmers. I’m handicapped by what farmers used to do.”
Dr. Alexander Sliwa hadn’t showered in more than a week. He was cold and tired, probably because he was squatting on the roof of a moving Toyota Land Cruiser at 2 a.m., just as he’d been doing for the past nine days. Perhaps the 52-year-old German zoologist would have liked to read a book to pass the time, but his hands were occupied: he gripped a railing with one hand and shined a spotlight on the path before him with the other.
Fears of civilization-wide idleness are based too much on the downsides of being unemployed in a society premised on the concept of employment.