Category Archive: featured

Neanderthals Don’t Deserve Their Bad Rep

Maybe it’s their famously protruding brow ridge or perhaps it’s the now-discredited notion that they were primitive scavengers too dumb to use language or symbolism, but somehow Neanderthals picked up a reputation as… Continue reading

Dueling Claims About Flu Drugs

The CDC is telling doctors to prescribe more antiviral flu medications, because, “If you get them early, they could keep you out of the hospital and might even save your life.” But the… Continue reading

WHYY interview: Every Time You Fly, You Trash The Planet — And There’s No Easy Fix

Earlier this month, I wrote a FiveThirtyEight story about aviation’s climate problem, Every Time You Fly, You Trash The Planet — And There’s No Easy Fix. (A companion story, Some Airlines Pollute Much More Than… Continue reading

The Case Against Early Cancer Detection

In November, I joined Nate Silver’s data journalism site, FiveThirtyEight, as the lead writer for science. My first feature for FiveThirtyEight was on a familiar topic, cancer screening. Specifically, I made the case… Continue reading

Kids who aspire to pro sports need more play, less practice

Expensive sports camps and intensive practices and team competitions for young kids are becoming more and more common. Efforts to corral children into highly focused sports programs often arise from good intentions, yet… Continue reading

Does CrossFit push people too hard?

It seems as though nearly everyone who has heard of CrossFit has an opinion about it — even people who have never tried it. Aficionados claim that this brand of high-intensity workouts is a fast… Continue reading

The Courage to Live It: A Master Class on the Business of Freelancing

Dates: August 24-27, 2014 Place: The Mountain Research Station, west of Boulder Colorado. Deadlines and fees Online Application  You know how to write and you’ve already done some freelancing, but you want to up your… Continue reading

I’m just saying no to mammography: Why the numbers are in my favor

Washington Post, October 7, 2013 Excerpt: What my doctor neglected to tell me is that a mammogram was, in my case, more likely to hurt than help me. Few doctors take the time to… Continue reading

The Molester and Me

The Molester and Me My high school coach was like a dad to me, until he abused my teammate and violated us all. Slate, June 7, 2013 Excerpt: For a moment, I felt… Continue reading

Runner’s World: Flight of the bumblebee

Flight of the Bumble Bee Why would anyone run all night through some of the West’s most rugged mountains just to help some other guy finish a completely ridiculous race? Christie Aschwanden went… Continue reading

Athletes, Stop Taking Supplements

Athletes, Stop Taking Supplements They’re expensive, they don’t improve performance, and they might make you test positive for dope. Slate, July 26, 2012 Excerpt: Hardy is among a growing number of athletes who… Continue reading

How I Found Contentment in My Own Backyard

Could You Find Contentment in Your Own Backyard? Christie Aschwanden spent her youth traipsing around the globe—until she discovered what it meant to find contentment in her own home. O, the Oprah Magazine;… Continue reading

Interview: Brian Vastag

Brian Vastag is a science reporter at The Washington Post, where he covers general science, the environment, climate change, and space. Vastag covered the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown for the Post, penning six… Continue reading

Interview: Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes  is the author of Nobel Dreams (1987), Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion (1993), Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007), and Why We Get Fat and What to… Continue reading

Science Feuds Interview: Jennifer Kahn

Jennifer Kahn has been a contributing editor at Wired magazine since 2003, and a feature writer for The New Yorker, National Geographic, Outside, Mother Jones, and the New York Times, among others. Her… Continue reading