John A. Light

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

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‘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.

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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.

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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?

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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, [...]

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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.

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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.

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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.