DOUGLAS QUENQUA

writer and editor

Dinner with Strangers

12CULTURAL-master675There’s an old networking adage that everyone is worth meeting at least once. To find out if that’s true, try sending an open invite on Twitter the next time you’re alone in a strange city. “Just passing through Denver tonight. Who wants to have dinner?” It’s an introvert’s worst nightmare, but for a certain kind of hyper-networking traveler, it’s become the preferred way of turning downtime into business time (or, if things go really well, business time.) My “Cultural Studies” column in the Times, in which I ask these people why.

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Art for the Knowing Nose

PeterMost art relies on eyes or ears to be experienced. Peter De Cupere wants to engage your nose. The Belgian “scent artist” uses the smell of candy, cigarettes, garbage, grass, spices, even bodily fluids to illicit visceral reactions from his audience. “When you walk into an installation with scent, you cannot hide,” he says. My profile of him for the NYTimes Science section.

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Google Goes After Autism

102151304-142090923.530x298 (1)For years, researchers have said that whole genome sequencing could help cure everything from Alzheimer’s to breast cancer. Now, Autism Speaks and Google are taking the idea for a spin, collecting, sequencing and storing the entire genomes of 10,000 autistic patients and their families. In this piece for CNBC.com (and one very early-morning appearance on Squawbox), I look at the $500 million effort and the scientist driving it, Dr. Stephen Scherer.

 

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OTHER ARTICLES

Fastest Star in the Galaxy Got an Unusual Start

Mothers' Sounds Are Building Blocks for Babies' Brains

Sweetest Violins Explained: Holes Fill in the Blanks

Fossils Expand the Menagerie of Jurassic Mammals

Unchanged for More Than Two Billion Years

Training the Mind Not to Wander

Leading a Mouse to Drink, or Not

Snake Ancestors Probably Had Legs

Study Suggests Earlier Use of Tools by Hominids

Extreme Migration: Geese Hug the Himalayas

A Computer That Knows When to Hold 'Em

The Great Carnivores of Europe

Higher Living, Thanks to Barley

Are Some Professions Less Honest? Bank On it, Say Scientists

Rapidly Evolving Feet Do Not Fail Lizard Species

Papers That Are Most Cited Aren't Most Famous

Overseas Trade Alters a Lizard's Stocks

A Threat Is Seen in Puma's Isolation

The Hummingbird's Special Sweet Tooth

Giving the Milky Way a New Sense of Place

The Moon is (Slightly) Flat, Scientists Say

Men Can Be Such Worms (and Vice Versa)

Clues to the Origins of Big Cats

Watch Out for Falling Space Junk and Asteroids

A Dog's Tail Wag Says a Lot, to Other Dogs

High-Flying Tourism, Toddlers Who Read Faces

Scientists Go Back to Work and a Skull Changes Minds

Pace Setting Cells Linked to Slower Heartbeat

Electric Droplets and a Secret to Long Life (in Rats, anyway)

How Young Mice Tell Older Ones, "Get Lost"

Looking for Lincoln, and an Early Fish Fossil

Male Sensitivity Written in the Genes

Hyperactivity Linked to Inner Ear Defect

New Studies Suggest an Adam and Eve Link

The Stuff of Those Visions in Clinical Death

Study Finds Spatial Reasoning Is Early Sign of Creativity

Rickets Plagued Children of the Medicis

One Early Bird Restores Lineage of Another

A Mosquito that Won't Ruin a Barbecue

3-D Help for Printing and Vanishing Amphibians

Oyster Shells Are Antacid to Oceans

How Much Exercise to Work Off this Sandwich?

CO2 Buildup Could Mean Rougher Flights

Protein in Alzheimer's Linked to Down Syndrome

Existential Animal News and the World's Lightest Solid

Detecting Heat Stress in Cows

It's Not Magnets: The Secrets Behind that Rube Goldberg Video

Speaking His Mind, Beyond the Forecast

As Restaurants Cut Salt, Some See Reason to Pass

Condescending Corporate Brand Page Wants to Engage With You, Condescendingly

Study Shows Teenagers Not More Likely to Have Oral Sex First

Should Your Dog Be Watching TV?

Happy to Be a Stay-At-Home Dad

When Today's Deal Is Tomorrow's Regret

Back to School, Not on Campus but in a Beloved Museum

Men, Once Again, Invest in Skin Care

South Pole Worker Stranded After Stroke

Stubble Trimmers Give Men the After-5 Look

Alphabet Soup

Flag Soared to the Moon, but Not Bids for 3 Scraps
Shreds From Moon History On The Block

Don't Be So Fast to Start the Weekend

Hey, Hey, They're the Monkees

Upload a Prom Dress Photo, and Hope for the Best

Graduating From Lip Smackers

Another Trump Hopes What Glitters Will Be Gold

I Need to Vent. Hello, Facebook.

The Mouse That Roared.

A Very Kosher Night Out

A Best Friend, Yes. Best Runner, Maybe Not.

Blowing Smoke At A Ban

Mixing Meaty Cocktails With a Shot of Celebrity

One Rude Turn Deserves A Swat

To Harvest Squash, Click Here

Guardians of Their Smiles

The Phone Becksons: Got Game?

Holding Court

ABOUT DOUGLAS QUENQUA

I'm a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn, N.Y. My work appears primarily in the New York Times, but also Columbia Magazine, Redbook, Fast Company, The Advertiser, The New York Observer, Wired, the New York Post and others. I write about culture, science, media, lifestyle and dogs. When I remember, I post my stuff here. It's pronounced Kwen'-kwah. Contact: Doug [dot] Quenqua [@] gmail.com

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