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John A. Light

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


‘A History of the Future’: Capturing the world to come

Through haunting landscape photos, the Canary Project shows glimpses of the world to come, transformed with the changing climate.


What ‘O’ is and isn’t good for

On the eve of its publication, a new political roman à clef has the Beltway chattering about the identity of its anonymous author.

Noam Chomsky asks Iran to release detained hikers

The American academic and public intellectual issues a video plea.


A zodiac shift agitates some, leaves the rest of us unfazed

A new way of looking at the zodiac has sent die-hard astrology fans into orbit. But what does it mean for the rest of us?


Does our ability to love also explain our prejudices?

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that brotherly love and xenophobia may be two sides of the same coin. Oxytocin, a hormone often sweetly referred to as a “love drug” or a “cuddle chemical,” may also be responsible for prejudice against outsiders. Carsten K. W. De Dreu, [...]


A hot rock and a gas blob make headlines

It was a big week for cosmological discoveries, with an Earth-like planet and a star-making machine keeping astronomers riveted.


Some science for ESP, at least when sex is involved

A new study seems to indicate that humans have some ability to predict the future, but it has many detractors.


Department of Labor cracks down on Massey Energy with watershed lawsuit

The suit marks the first-ever use of a law that allows the government to step in to protect miners’ safety.