Favorite articles


The Mark

The F.B.I. needs informants, but what happens when they go too far?

The New Yorker, May 2, 2011



An Appalachian gunsmith’s robot army

The New Yorker

February 23, 2009


Law of the Jungle

Marc van Roosmalen is one of the most famous biologists in the Amazon. Now he’s looking at 14 years in prison for biopiracy.


June, 2008


Ski Genius

Has a surfer-snowboarder who lives in a van rewritten physics? Maybe.


May 2008


Déjà Vu, Again and Again

People with a syndrome called déjà vecu spend much of their time living through experiences they are convinced have happened before. Researchers think the phenomenon may be a clue to some of the enduring mysteries of memory.

The New York Times Magazine

July 2, 2006


The Zombie Hunters

On the trail of cyberextortionists

The New Yorker

October 10, 2005


The Crusade Against Evolution

In the beginning there was Darwin. And then there was intelligent design. How the next generation of “creation science” is invading America’s classrooms.


October 2004