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  • The New York Times Magazine
    Columnist, 2012 - present
  • Maggie Koerth-Baker Inc.
    Science Journalist, 2006 - present
  • BoingBoing
    Science Editor, 2009 - present
  • mental_floss magazine
    Contributing Editor, 2006 - 2008
  • mental_floss magazine
    Assistant Editor, 2004 - 2006
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Science Editor at BoingBoing.net, columnist for New York Times Magazine
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Science Editor at BoingBoing.net. Author of The New York Times Magazine's monthly "Eureka" column. Writer of books. 

A reader once described me as, "A lighthouse of reason in a churling ocean of stupidity." I am currently trying to figure out how to get that embroidered on everything that I own. 
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"Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before it Conquers Us", my book about electricity, infrastructure, and the future of energy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470876255
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    Journalism, 1999 - 2004
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    Anthropology, 1999 - 2004
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Drunk Science: In which intrepid science journalist Charles Q. Choi explains speciation (and also orcs) with the help of an awful lot of whiskey. http://boingboing.net/2013/07/24/drunk-science-charles-q-choi.html
What is a species? That's not as simple question as it sounds. And it's even harder to answer after you've had a few.
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Meet the animals that scientists use to define whole species http://boingboing.net/2013/05/01/in-the-leech-library-behind-t.html

A behind-the-scenes tour through the American Museum of Natural History's "leech library". 
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salut maggie koerth ge suis tro ravi de fair votre connaissance moi ge suis de la guinee conackry mai residance au maroc merci et excusmoi de votre de rangement et une gro bizou de ma par
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A recipe for food
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First, buy a tub of vegan "cream cheese"
Second, slice a whole onion and carmelize the bejeezus out of it (I also add salt, fresh rosemary, and pepper)
Third, mash the hot carmelized onion into the vegan cheese and blend it all together with a fork
Fourth, let sit in the fridge overnight so that the cream cheese firms back up
Fifth, put the spread on toast or crackers, top with slices of tomato and cucumber.
Sixth, OM NOM NOM

I'm not vegan. This is amazing. And, for some reason, it doesn't work as well with actual cream cheese. 
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In the pan with the onions, I'd throw in several cloves of garlic.
And what would happen, hypothetically, if instead of onions, you would use, omg, shallots!  OMG!
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Sorry to be unrelated and random, but I would love to talk to you about your article on back up generators. I couldn't find contact info for you. my email is Karl@funkyjazzypop.com thanks!
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So, I finally gave in to the Minneapolis madness and went biking in winter for the first time. Did about 11 miles altogether (with a break in between) in 16-degree weather. It was, freakishly, kind of pleasant. In fact, the only part of me that was uncomfortable was my hands, because my gloves weren't thick enough. You guys, I hate to tell you this, but the bike hipsters are right. 

Anyway, advice if you want to try it: I didn't use a special bike. Just my normal whatever-many gear Trek that I got from the police bike auction a few years ago. I borrowed a lot of gear from my husband, though, and that was pretty damn essential. A pair of long underpants (top and bottom). Cycling overalls. Another shirt. A windbreaker. Big, thick wool socks and winter boots. Gloves. A skullcap. A balaclava over the top of that. And, here's the real important part, goggles. Those goggles are what made the difference between fun and misery. I'm certain of it. 
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Lol gotta love biking!!
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Steam train ride to Duluth! 
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BoingBoing and the Encyclopedia of Life are hosting a fantastic contest called Armchair Taxonomist.

 If you can research and write a short description of a plant, animal, fungus, or bacteria then you have the chance to win awesome prizes ... including a VIP, behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History!

 http://boingboing.net/2013/04/22/armchairtaxonomist.html
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I had a real adventure last night that I wanted to share! 
 
So, I finally gave in to the Minneapolis madness and went biking in winter for the first time. Did about 11 miles altogether (with a break in between) in 16-degree weather. It was, freakishly, kind of pleasant. In fact, the only part of me that was uncomfortable was my hands, because my gloves weren't thick enough. You guys, I hate to tell you this, but the bike hipsters are right. 

Anyway, advice if you want to try it: I didn't use a special bike. Just my normal whatever-many gear Trek that I got from the police bike auction a few years ago. I borrowed a lot of gear from my husband, though, and that was pretty damn essential. A pair of long underpants (top and bottom). Cycling overalls. Another shirt. A windbreaker. Big, thick wool socks and winter boots. Gloves. A skullcap. A balaclava over the top of that. And, here's the real important part, goggles. Those goggles are what made the difference between fun and misery. I'm certain of it. 
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I have been too wimpy (and too busy) to ride outside, despite also living in Georgia (it's a 40minute drive to the nearest decent trail, but north Georgia is a hill climb paradise - except for the damn motorists!.. Been keeping myself in shape with endurance and high intensity spin on the weekends, and hotel workouts during the week on the road.

Looking forwards to spring. More cyclists and better light make it a little safer on the road
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Wow. Reading all the awesome posts and seeing the enthusiasm in here makes me feel more excited about G+ than I have in a while. Y'all are fantastic. 
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This makes me think of the short story "Maneki Neko" by Bruce Sterling! (http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/maneki-neko/)
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Blizzard in a Blizzard Day is a Minnesota holiday in which we celebrate the first big snowfall by walking through snow to the nearest ice cream shop, stopping along the way to help people get their cars unstuck. It honors kindness to your fellow humans and the joy of comic irony. Today is an almost picture perfect Blizzard in a Blizzard Day. Happy holidays!
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