Chris Opfer

Chris Opfer has written about everything from genetically-modified rats on the Galapagos Islands to Middle Eastern barbers who use homemade flame throwers to cut hair. His work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Village Voice, New York Magazine, Pacific Standard and American Way, among other publications. Chris is a graduate of James Madison University and currently based in New York City.

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Hot on the heels of the vinyl revival comes a mini-boom for cassette sales. But who's really buying them?

What happens when movie marketers try to get audiences into the cinema by misrepresenting the film they're trying to sell?

Kanopy is looking to bring libraries and universities into the streaming age with access to its vast collection.

What's the better strategy to park a car, backed in or front-fender forward? Buckle up, buttercup, and start practicing.

Drop your keys and grab your skis. There's fresh Martian powder out there, as new NASA photos reveal in stunning detail.

Scientists generally agree that dinosaurs sported colorful, feather-like plumage. So do moviemakers lack imagination, or do audiences?

If you thought this underwater creeper looked heartless, you're actually not that far off.

A new scientific study reveals that the smells unique to meerkat communities aren't produced by the meerkats themselves.

Pago en Especie allows artists to meet tax obligations with a piece of art, and the government builds an impressive collection. Win-win!

Do we portray a consistent self across different social media platforms? A new study examines the faces we share.

A computer programmer used data analysis to crunch the numbers for six decades of pop music's hottest hits.

Shock yourself by learning Italian, or learn Italian by shocking yourself?

The registry would be used to track donor well-being and learn more about breast cancer and other health risks. But for some, it raises privacy concerns.

Sure, your voice is great. But can you move? That's what female Java sparrows want to know before they get busy, a new study finds.

New atmospheric analysis shows that a changing climate will make both common and severe turbulence significantly more likely in decades to come.

What is it about this state that makes it so dangerous for those on two feet? A few things, it turns out.

Anything you can do on the pingpong table, FOPRPHEUS can show you how to do better.

Expert tips to get techies ready for the rise of the robots.

From Pakistan to Palestine and from Ipanema to Illinois, what's up with barbers applying open flames to their clients' coiffures?

Open-front public toilet seats are U-shaped, while those in private residences are O-shaped. What gives?