Selected Articles:

Are Animals "Things"?

Harvard Magazine

...Animals were property, the Supreme Court ruled, but they were not like other types of property. If this were true, the plaintiffs argued, one could seek sentimental damages for the destruction of a “taxidermied” pet deemed an heirloom, but not for a euthanized animal....

Does property law apply to animals, or doesn't it? Is an inanimate thing really more emotionally valuable than a beloved pet? And why, if judges believe an animal to be a special kind of property—“not a fungible, inanimate object like, say, a toaster,” as one court writes—is the law still so unclear?


The Science of Scarcity

Harvard Magazine

Behavioral Economist Sendhil Mullainathan argues that qualities often considered part of someone’s basic character—impulsive behavior, poor performance in school, poor financial decisions—may in fact be the products of a pervasive feeling of scarcity. And when that feeling is constant, as it is for people mired in poverty, it captures and compromises the mind. “To put it crudely,” he explains, “poverty—no matter who you are—can make you dumber.”


the placebo phenomenon

Harvard Magazine

Why does fake acupuncture cause real pain? How do pills made of corn starch cure chronic arm pain? One scientist looks at the power of nothing. 


The seeing Brain

The Boston Globe Ideas Section

What happens to the visual part of your brain when you lose your sight? 


STAYING HERE

Boston College Magazine

The affidavit for 29-year-old Tetee K’s deportation trial tells the story of a woman who has passed through hell, some of it her own making. Should a 29-year-old petty criminal and recovering addict be deported to a country she fled as a child? 


SHOCK VALUE

NOVA Online

So how, exactly, does a high explosive kill you? Multimedia story for the Inside NOVA Blog.


Bully Pulpit

The Bridge Magazine

Following a high-profile teenage suicide, Massachusetts enacted one of the strongest anti-bullying laws in the country. But with no consequences for schools that look the other way, whom does the law protect? 


The Mindfulness Chronicles

Harvard Magazine

Harvard Professor Ellen Langer believes that our mindless decisions--our beliefs about aging, our deference to doctors, even the way we  talk  about our illnesses--can have drastic effects on how (and if) we  live to see  old age. 


WHEN MARTIN MET CORETTA

The Boston Globe

Martin studied at BU, Coretta at the Conservatory; both strolled the same Boston city blocks. "People often don't remember that King was in Boston because he wasn't yet the famous Dr. King when he was here," said John Cartwright, the Martin Luther King Jr. professor emeritus of social ethics at Boston University and a contemporary of King's as a graduate student in the 1950s. "He was a struggling doctoral student who was a normal guy - even a bit of a playboy. He joked around, he dated - he was a man about town with a new Chevy."


Singalong Sound of Music

The Boston Globe

Two nuns standing in the concessions line at the Arlington Regent Theater lobby were comparing wimples and scouting out men in lederhosen. So far, they'd seen only one - a man whose traditional Austrian outfit was fashioned from a pair of knee-high tube socks, black Bermuda shorts, and clip-on suspenders with a handmade cloth crossbar taped to his chest. Welcome to the Singalong Sound of Music Film Festival.


The Great Bobby Mac

The Boston Globe Magazine

Remembering an unlikely prophet of bicycling and his team of improbable champions.