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Articles by Joel Shurkin

Drawing of alien invasion from "The War of the Worlds"

Beloved writer's work combines fantastical stories with social commentary.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Photo of people on an escalator

Now, how to convince commuters?

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Scientists try to uncover the brilliance of Leonardo da Vinci.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Baby Rapetosaurus were only dog-sized a few weeks after hatching. As adults, they outweighed elephants.

Scientists find the remains of a young dinosaur that starved to death.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

The colors of Yellowstone's hot springs come from microbes called thermophiles, which flourish in the boiling water. 

Odd viruses flourish in boiling, acidic Yellowstone hot springs.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Plutonium processing plant was saved by conservative engineering.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Scientists learn to measure the threat from radioactive aerosols after an accident.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Researchers train dog detectives so their testimony is admissible in courts.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Experiment in London will test autonomous pods, but big hurdles remain.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Two gangs flow ivory from the wild to Mombasa, and then to the market.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor