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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A new kratom report maps one possible future for the drug

"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"

How is social class reproduced through speech patterns? A new study has an answer.

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The Peruvian Amazon may be a secret reservoir for a global frog pandemic

"Frogs are cute, so you should be sad that they are disappearing."

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Scientists can tell how wealthy you are by examining your sewage

Wastewater epidemiology is controversial but precise.

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Methadone pioneer Herbert Kleber's approach still helps people today

"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 bottles

Scientists think it means ships are dumping plastic far from its origin.

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A 41-year-old question about ape intelligence may finally be answered

Great apes appear to have "theory of mind," and know when a human is being fooled by another ape.

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What humans can learn from ants to solve a growing public health problem

Leafcutter ants have evolved a solution to antimicrobial resistance.

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New Jersey dirt is the only thing tough enough to eat “forever chemicals” PFAS

This microbe breaks one of the toughest chemical bonds in existence.

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The Brains of Artists Who Paint With Their Toes Adapt in Spectacular Ways

These artists' toes were mapped in the brain like fingers.