John A. Light

John is a writer and journalist based in New York City and Cleveland, Ohio.

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Inhalers are cool! And so is coal

No, that energy company isn’t really offering kids free Justin Bieber inhalers. An elaborate hoax website fooled a few.

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Faraway, so close: the Earth’s most loyal stalker

Far away, but so close: The terraphobic asteroid that’s been stalking the Earth for a quarter of a million years may be our long-lost relative.

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U.S. is due for a sizable quake, but not because of Japan’s

A quake expert explains why recent temblors across the globe don’t make one in the U.S. any more likely — and why there is still cause for concern.

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Iran and the ‘universal space of friendship’

The U.S. continues to pursue a dated Cold War ideology in the Middle East region, says a former Iranian ambassador. Meanwhile Iran is testing the waters of the new political reality.

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A founding father’s books discovered in Missouri library

Dozens of books that once belonged to Thomas Jefferson have been found in a Washington University library.

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The best in broadcast journalism

There’s no red carpet or Oscar de la Renta gowns, but the duPont awards, celebrating the best in broadcast journalism, have their own cachet.

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Real astronauts on a virtual Mars

After months of “space flight,” six astronauts are preparing to land on the red planet this Saturday. But this Mars is somewhere in Moscow.

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A Texas lawyer seeks to ban the pit bull

Pit bulls have a reputation for aggression and violence, but is the problem nature or nurture?

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Was the Roman Empire a victim of climate change?

A new study suggests environmental factors contributed to the downfall of the great empire.