Monthly Archives: October 2010

Road Trip to Mars, Sex Included

I should note right away there’s no sex in the video posted here, which is from a TED talk about colonizing Mars; no sense in getting you all frustrated. The video is just one thing, along with an article about sex on mars, offered by Journal of Cosmology’s special issue, “Colonizing Mars.”  The Journal of…

How I Wrote “The Orchid Children,” via Open Notebook

A promising new website about science writing, The Open Notebook, features an interview with me about the genesis of my Atlantic article of last year on the genetics of temperament, “The Orchid Children” (aka “The Science of Success” in online version). The site, produced by science journalists Siri Carpenter and Jeanne Erdmann, is a craft-focused…

Bike Fever: Riding the Green Wave to Work in Copenhagen

The Green Wave in Copenhagen from Copenhagenize on Vimeo. I brought no car to London but soon bought a bike. I’ve found the riding here to be wonderful, exhilarating, and — notwithstanding a few wooooooops-OTHER-side-of-the-road braincramp scares — safer-feeling than my last extensive urban riding, years ago, in Houston. Why? These London drivers, though generally…