The Man Who Chases Auroras to Push Away Darkness

“After tragedy followed Hugo Sanchez from El Salvador to Canada, he started photographing the northern lights, finding a new sense of purpose in the wintertime sky.”

Source: Outside
Published: Jan 6, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,121 words)

The Aftershocks

Seven Italian scientists were convicted of manslaughter after a magnitude-6.2 earthquake hit the city of L’Aquila, killing 297 people and injuring thousands. Scientists across the globe are worried about the effect this case will have on experts who are asked to provide an opinion.

Source: Medium
Published: Aug 25, 2014
Length: 22 minutes (5,586 words)

The Split Brain: A Tale of Two Halves

Researchers study a small group of patients who underwent surgery that split their brains:

“Through studies of this group, neuroscientists now know that the healthy brain can look like two markedly different machines, cabled together and exchanging a torrent of data. But when the primary cable is severed, information — a word, an object, a picture — presented to one hemisphere goes unnoticed in the other. Michael Gazzaniga, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the godfather of modern split-brain science, says that even after working with these patients for five decades, he still finds it thrilling to observe the disconnection effects first-hand. ‘You see a split-brain patient just doing a standard thing — you show him an image and he can’t say what it is. But he can pull that same object out of a grab-bag,’ Gazzaniga says. ‘Your heart just races!'”

Source: Nature
Published: Mar 24, 2012
Length: 13 minutes (3,477 words)

Fraud U: Toppling a Bogus-Diploma Empire

Source: Wired
Published: Dec 21, 2009
Length: 15 minutes (3,825 words)