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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Researchers are calling for a new "Noah's Ark" to store microbes that might one day be valuable.

North Americans have been moving south for tens of thousands of years.

Listed as an organ donor on your driver's license? That designation does not include your brain.

Forget the knife and take a pill instead?

The latest, and dare we say weirdest, spa treatment is reportedly causing health problems.

Louisiana has the dubious honor of being the U.S. state with the biggest bullying problem.

Thieves get their hands on your ID or passwords, then contact your mobile carrier and transfer your credentials to a new device.

The days are getting longer, but don't worry about changing your clocks.

Google Confidential Mode allows users to set a detonation date that makes sent emails disappear.

When a shipwreck is found, who gets the loot? The case of the San Jose has got interested parties battling and legal scholars scratching their heads.

Start studying up for the streaming wars, music lovers.

New research shows going gluten free may not be all it's cracked up to be.

It turns out that keeping the official list of emojis is some serious...stuff...

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.