Golard: Thinking Errors

Golard: Thinking Errors

In his first book, “A Field Guide to Thinking Errors: Using Neuroscience to Classify, Avoid, and Exploit Our Biases,” André Golard explains that all people are prone to errors in thinking, such as confirmation bias and loss aversion, and offers readers tools to...
Berkowitz: Cell Network Rain Data

Berkowitz: Cell Network Rain Data

For the American Physical Society’s Physics magazine, Rachel Berkowitz explains how cellular networks can offer critical rainfall data to the smallholder farmers across Africa who feed most of the continent but lack access to weather-prediction systems used in...
Steinberg: Plastic in Whale Diets

Steinberg: Plastic in Whale Diets

Nancy Steinberg writes about a new scientific partnership to investigate connections between human-made debris, zooplankton and gray whales. In the cover story in Oregon Stater, the magazine of the Oregon State University Alumni Association, she describes researchers’...
Mapes: Skagit Dams

Mapes: Skagit Dams

For The Seattle Times, Lynda Mapes (@lyndavmapes) writes that Seattle City Light is seeking to relicense three hydroelectric dams on the Skagit River that provide one-fifth of the city’s power, which would extend the dams’ use for decades. But as salmon, and the...
Grunbaum: Whale Barnacles

Grunbaum: Whale Barnacles

Few scientists study the mysterious barnacles that live only on whales, but Mara Grunbaum (@maragrunbaum) takes us into their obscure world for Hakai Magazine. The size and shape of small oranges, these barnacles die quickly out of water and scientists don’t yet know...
Yan: Journalism and Identity

Yan: Journalism and Identity

For many journalists, the profession is an identity, not just a job, writes Wudan Yan (@wudanyan) for Poynter. But that can lead too easily to burnout as writers feel driven to catch each news cycle and work nights and weekends, often for low pay and with poor job...