(longer pieces only; to find my shorter stories please check the Wired archive)


Self-Service: The Delicate Dance of Online Bragging

July, 2010



For one month, Evan Ratliff shed his identity and tried to disappear. Here’s what happened.

December, 2009


Gone Forever

What Does it Take to Really Disappear?

September, 2009


Origin of Species

How a T. Rex Femur Sparked a Scientific Smackdown

July, 2009


America Online

Barack Obama promised to reboot the White House. But first he’ll have to navigate a little federal legal gobbledygook. Hope? Well, it’s a start.

February, 2009


Mark Smolinski: Detect Epidemics Before They Begin

From: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To

October, 2008


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


Rare Mummified Dinosaur Unearthed

Wired News, December 2, 2007


Q&A: Zillow’s Rich Barton on Real Estate, AI, and Basement Floods

December, 2007


The Plant That Will Save America


Made from cheap, fast-growing grasses, cellulosic ethanol could cure our addiction to oil. But first scientists have to break down one of nature’s strongest molecules.

October 2007


The Whole Earth, Catalogued

How Google Maps is changing the way we see the world.

July 2007


First Blood

HIV, Ebola, SARS–many of the world’s most horrifying diseases are caused by animal viruses that made the jump to humans. Now a UCLA scientist thinks he can stop the next pandemic before it even starts.

May 2007


The Thinking Machine

Jeff Hawkins created the Palm Pilot and the Treo. Now he says he’s got the ultimate invention: software that mimics the human brain.

March 2007


Me Translate Pretty One Day

Spanish to English? French to Russian? Computers haven’t been up to the task. But a New York firm with an ingenious algorithm and a really big dictionary is finally cracking the code.

December 2006


The Right to Bear SLRs

TEST, November 2006


Feeling Lucky

Larry Brilliant has the coolest – and hardest – job around: Decide how to donate $1 billion of the Google fortune

July 2006


 Predicting the Big One

POST: May 2006


The Spam Vigilantes

POST: October 2005


 Fear, Inc.

How homeland security became the biggest market opportunity since the dotcom boom

December 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


Hitting the Sweet Spot

It’s got full flavor at one-third the calories. It’s safe for teeth and diabetics. And it’s all-natural. The long, strange search for the ultimate sugar substitute.

November 2003


 The Green Wall of China

Desert storms from China are leaving a trail of global destruction. Now Beijing is drawing a line in the sand.

April 2003


 Sports Rule

In-your-face marketing. Extreme camera angles. Trash-talking superstars. Sound like TV sports? Try sports videogames, where the nastiest competition is the battle to take down the reigning champ, EA Sports.

January 2003


This Is Not A Test

A decade after America‘s last nuclear test, the US arsenal is decaying and its designers are retiring. Now a new generation of scientists is trying to preserve bomb-building knowledge before it’s too late.

March 2002



The once proud Soviet missile fleet has set its sights on the deep-discount launch business.

December 2001


The Electric Kool-Aid Bandwidth Test

Luke Stewart boldly sold politicians, businesspeople, and financiers on his trillion-dollar idea: Use the electrical grid to carry data at speeds faster than we’ve ever seen. Never mind how.

November 2001


 Born to Run

Microchips promise to make artificial legs as good as new. Fast-forward amputees are remaking life and limb on their own. The race is on.

July 2001


 O, Engineers!

Twenty years ago, Tracy Kidder published the original nerd epic. The Soul of a New Machine made circuit boards seem cool and established a revolutionary notion: that there’s art in the quest for the next big thing.

December 2000


 Patent Upending

The invention police can’t stand Greg Aharonian, who says the fuss over Amazon’s “one-click” plan is old news. The real problem: The government lost its grip on intellectual property long ago.

June 2000