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Jessica Benko

PRINT AND RADIO JOURNALIST

Jessica Benko

What Doesn't Kill You | A Real Nail Biter

Cathy was almost killed several times... by a thought that she just couldn't get rid of.
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Imaginary Friends Forever

Maxine, who is eight years old, introduces us to her paracosm: her rich, imaginary world.
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Robopainter

The world's longest-running artificial intelligence is called AARON. And AARON makes art.
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Making Better People

What traits could we engineer to “improve” people?
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Does Your Zombie Have Rabies?

Long before science explained rabies, the virus showed up in folklore and literature.
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Reconstructing Viruses

Why would anyone want to re-create the lethal influenza that killed between 50-100M people?
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What Going Viral Means

But in the internet era, we decided not to beat viruses, but to join them. “Going viral” became the goal...
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Mind and Machine | The Future of Thinking

Can powerful computers rival the human brain?
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Black Holes and Holographic Worlds

Black holes are gravitational behemoths that dramatically twist space and time.
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Back to the Big Bang | Inside the Large Hadron Collider

Venture deep inside the world’s biggest physics machine, the Large Hadron Collider.
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Hidden Dimensions | Exploring Hyperspace

Extra dimensions of space may be key to explaining the fundamental nature of the universe.
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The Limits of Understanding

Austrian logician Kurt Gödel showed that there are mathematical truths which simply can’t be proven.
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About

Jessica Benko

I am a print and radio journalist interested in the intersection of science and technology with individual human lives. I am also drawn to communities on the margins of society, from the illegal goldmines of the Amazon to the barren tundra of the Arctic. My work can be found in National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, This American Life, Radiolab, and elsewhere.