Articles

I've been writing about social sciences, health and biology for 15 years for The Atlantic, New York Magazine, 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.

A few favorites

Does Medicine Actually Make People Live Longer?

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 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?

The Strange Story Behind The Animals We Know We Haven’t Yet Discovered

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A man wearing a giant sponge costume drifted through a sea of tuxedos in London’s Natural History Museum. He might have been out of place on a normal day at the museum. But on the evening of Oct. 4, 2010, the scene was an odd blend of formality and whimsy.

My Life With a Sleep Disorder That Makes Me Nocturnal

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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.”

The dramatic search for one of the world’s most elusive creatures: sand kittens

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Would a Work-Free World Be So Bad?

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Fears of civilization-wide idleness are based too much on the downsides of being unemployed in a society premised on the concept of employment.

The Myth of the Barter Economy

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Adam Smith said that quid-pro-quo exchange systems preceded economies based on currency, but there’s no evidence that he was right.