In the very barest of microseconds following the Big Bang, the universe expanded faster than the speed of light. Or so the Inflation theory goes. If right, Inflation would explain some curious features of the universe, like why is it so much bigger than it should be based on its current rate of expansion? And why is there no good Jewish deli in Park Slope? (It may not answer everything.) A team of NASA-backed scientists from Columbia University have built a massive telescope that should be able to see all the way back to the moments after the Big Bang, when Inflation should have produced a very distinct kind of light. My latest for Columbia Magazine, A Shot in the Light.
Filed under: Douglas Quenqua, 2013, Columbia Magazine
This isn’t news so much as validation. A new study is the latest evidence that overheard cell phone conversations are more distracting than regular overheard dialogue. The difference is that your brain tries to fill in the missing half of the conversation, thus making it difficult to focus on anything else. I’ve written about rude people before, and there have been several other studies saying basically the same thing. But you can never have too much ammunition when waging war against jerks.
Filed under: Douglas Quenqua, New York Times, 2013, Amy Alkon
February 15, 2013 • 2:16 PM
I first met Ben Smith in 2009 when we participated in a panel discussion in front of some student journalists. He was at Politico at the time, and it was just after Eliot Spitzer had gotten busted. While we were waiting to go on stage, Smith got a call from Spitzer on his cell phone. I thought that was pretty cool. Fast forward three years, and Smith–one of the smartest political reporters in NYC–took the top editorial job at BuzzFeed, instantly making him America’s most respected purveyor of listicles and cat gifs. How do you not write about this guy?
Filed under: Douglas Quenqua, New York Times, 2013, Ben Smith, BuzzFeed