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I write about the interface between science, technology and society. My work has appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times, Nature, New Scientist, the Guardian and many other outlets.

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The new home for the best writing about the future

Meet the new boss, The Atlantic, 10/11
Second Life’s creator wants to rewire how businesses are run

Brain donors, New Scientist, 06/11
To make machines truly smart, maybe they need to reach out to humans for help 

Let slip the maths of war, The Economist, 03/11
Warfare seems to obey mathematical rules. Can soliders make use of them?

My Boss Is A Robot, ongoing blog
Can journalism be crowdsourced? We're trying...

Cellphone meltdown, Washington Post, 11/10
Our love of smartphones is slowing cellphone
networks to a crawl

Las Vegas: a Tea party town, Prospect, 10/10
Wonder what America would look like with the Tea party in charge? Try visiting Las Vegas

The many voices of the web, The Economist, 03/10
Can computer translation services break down the web's linguistic barriers?

Conquering the world, New Scientist, 6/10
Should we welcome Facebook's relentless expansion?

Beetle mania, The Atlantic, 01/10 
Has an avant-garde composer discovered the solution to an insect epidemic?

The Nobels need a facelift, New Scientist, 09/09
Ten prominent scientists, working exclusively with New Scientist, outline a new vision for the Nobel prizes 

Learning to talk, NY Times Sunday Magazine, 12/08
New translation technology brings about an Arabic-English social network

How Merck made a killing, Prospect, 11/08
Did a rush for profits cause a pharmaceutical giant to ignore the dangers associated with a best-selling drug?

Death statistics, NY Times Sunday Magazine, 02/08
An obscure statistical technique is helping shed light on forgotten conflicts

Worth every penny, New Scientist, 11/07
Paying people to stay off drugs could save us all money in the long run

Encyclopaedias go head to head, Nature, 12/05
An exclusive survey finds that the accuracy of Wikipedia approaches that of Encyclopaedia Britannica

The dustiest place on Earth, Nature, 04/05
On assignment in rural Chad. Winner, Best Feature, 2005 Association of British Science Writers Awards.

New Scientist narrated graphic, 09/09

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