I write magazine pieces about topics pertaining to science, the natural world, travel and adventure. Contributor to Men's Journal, the New Republic, NewYorker.com, Departures and others.
One day in January 2012, a few days into a two-week kayaking trip down the jungle-flanked Usumacinta River in southeastern Mexico, Erik Weihenmayer, a relative novice to the sport and a blind man, found himself in a bad spot.
The critically endangered Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) has many peculiar qualities, but perhaps the most intriguing one is its curiosity. For biologists conducting fieldwork in Zapata Swamp, Cuba’s largest wetland and the only place in the world where the species is found, this is a notable trait.
Five years ago, George Heimpel, an entomologist at the University of Minnesota, travelled to Trinidad in search of insect larvae. He was after several kinds in particular—Philornis downsi, a fly whose parasitic young feed on the hatchlings of tropical birds, and various minuscule wasp species whose own offspring feed on those of the fly.
Fifteen seconds into the opening match of the 10th Manipur International Polo Tournament, after a long and feverish drumming performance, after the Manipur state chief minister had been properly honored with gifts and praise, after mounted players had paraded around the Mapal Kangjeibung polo ground with country flags held high, the home team scored on the Australians.
Traveling by yacht is, per passenger, one of the least ecological ways to travel. That could be about to change.
For the modern traveler, there are few modes of transportation as charming, extravagant, and polluting as a yacht. On the larger, super end—over 100 feet long—yachts can guzzle around 530 gallons of marine diesel in just one hour of traveling at 35 knots. That’s equivalent to six tons of carbon dioxide emissions per hour. So monstrous are the vessels’ environmental footprints that ...
In late 2004, a few months before Hunter S. Thompson took his own life, the iconic writer strolled into Aidan Gill’s barbershop on Magazine Street in New Orleans for a cut. Gill, originally from north Dublin, offered the infamous writer “some of the best Irish whiskey on earth.”
Bob Yoe talks about socks like a mechanic talks about a fine car. The Birmingham, Alabama-based owner of FITS Technologies gets excited when explaining the intricacies of design—the importance of high-quality yarns or a tight-fitting heel, the 1,400 or so knitting steps that go into a pair—throwing around terms like “performance,” “blood flow,” and “elasticity.”