January 5, 2014 • 3:38 PM
While some researchers focus on developing alternatives to fossil fuels, others are dreaming up ways to suck the carbon out of the air, thereby returning us to a pre-Industrial Revolution atmosphere. One of these researchers is Peter Kelemen, a geochemist who showed that a certain kind of rock found in Oman (mostly) can not only suck carbon out of the air, but store it–harmlessly–forever. Seriously, it’s not as crazy as it sounds.
Filed under: Douglas Quenqua, 2013, Columbia Magazine, Peter Kelemen
December 2, 2013 • 3:25 PM
Over the past 40 years, it’s become pet-owner orthodoxy in the U.S. to spay or neuter your pet (thanks, Bob). But how many of us ever stop to consider the fact that we are reflexively performing elective surgery on all our pets, and not for something that particularly benefits them. It turns out, there are several effective non-surgical sterilization options out there, including one that could be available in the U.S. any day. Here’s a piece I wrote looking at the realities of pet sterilization and the obstacles to changing them.
Filed under: New York Times, 2013, Zeuterin
November 2, 2013 • 3:15 PM
Two of these monsters washed up on the shore of California within a week of each other, offering local scientists a rare chance to study the legendarily mysterious fish firsthand. Good for them.
Filed under: Douglas Quenqua, New York Times, 2013, Oarfish