Peter Hess

Peter is a writer living in New York. He is preoccupied with Star Wars and memes, but he writes about climate change, chatbots and ants. You may have seen his work in Popular Science, New Scientist and Motherboard.
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Kratom: A new report maps one possible future for the controversial drug
Peter Hess
"We have the opportunity this time around to do it the right way." 
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Yale study makes loud-and-clear statement about the "American Dream"
Peter Hess
How is social class reproduced through speech patterns? A new study has an answer.
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The Blob, Paris Zoo's slime mold, can move, learn, and make decisions
Peter Hess
It can 'reason' like an animal.
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The Peruvian Amazon may be a secret reservoir for a global frog pandemic
Peter Hess
"Frogs are cute, so you should be sad that they are disappearing."
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A wild fungus could help doctors produce a safer class of opioid drugs
Peter Hess
"Microbes may be an untapped resource."
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What do anti-vaxxers and Christopher Columbus have in common?
Peter Hess
Here's what's happened since 1492.
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A creepy virus is forcing koalas to evolve before our eyes
Peter Hess
There's an invader in their DNA.
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Scientists can tell how wealthy you are by examining your sewage
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Wastewater epidemiology is controversial but precise.
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Hungry fish in certain areas protect sensitive coral against bleaching
Peter Hess
Healthy fish, healthy coral.
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Dr. Herbert Kleber: Methadone pioneer's approach still helps people today
Peter Hess
"We were one of the first to do methadone maintenance outside of New York."
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An uninhabited island in the Atlantic is surprisingly covered in plastic
Peter Hess
Scientists think it means ships are dumping plastic far from its origin.
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"Theory of Mind": A 41-year-old question of ape brains may be answered
Peter Hess
Great apes appear to have "theory of mind," and know when a human is being fooled by another ape.
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The secret to T. rex's powerful bite was its incredibly stiff skull
Peter Hess
The stiffer the skull, the stronger the bite.
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What humans can learn from ants to solve a growing public health problem
Peter Hess
Leafcutter ants have evolved a solution to antimicrobial resistance.
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"Lost" genes transformed whales and dolphins into water-living creatures
Peter Hess
The story of these species is written in their genes.
Mind and Body
How the brain forgets "unnecessary" memories during REM sleep
Peter Hess
Marie Kondo could get down with this.
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Cancer cases blamed on water contaminants, even at EPA’s “safe” levels
Peter Hess
Don't freak out, though.
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New Jersey dirt is only thing tough enough to eat “forever chemicals” PFAS
Peter Hess
This microbe breaks one of the toughest chemical bonds in existence.
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Injectable Pig Heart Tissue Is the Future of Recovering From Heart Attacks
Peter Hess
No, it's not a horror movie plot.
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The Brains of Artists Who Paint With Their Toes Adapt in Spectacular Ways
Peter Hess
These artists' toes were mapped in the brain like fingers.