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The Carbon Eaters

carbon-eaters-01While 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.

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Everywhere Oarfish

OARFISH-1-articleLargeTwo 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.

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The Narcissist Hunter

Does the U.S. have a narcissism problem, particularly the Millennials among us? Dr. Jean Twenge, social psychologist and author, has made a career off the idea, producing mountains of research that is endlessly cited by the media. Her work is compelling, but divisive to say the least, particularly among her colleagues. A profile for the New York Times Science section, Seeing Narcissists Everywhere.

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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


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:



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