John Perritano

John Perritano is an award-winning journalist and author, and regular contributor to HowStuffWorks. He likes writing about science, history, sports and anything else that helps pay the mortgage. You might have noticed that he often mentions his favorite family members — his dogs — in his articles. John holds a master’s degree in U.S. History from Western Connecticut State University, and has worked for many publishers including Time-Life, National Geographic, Scholastic and others. He lives in Southbury, Connecticut, on “Big Dog Farm.” It’s a real place. Honest. It even has a sign.

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MIT's AlterEgo allows you to control a computer and ask it questions without ever uttering one word. It could mean profound changes on how we communicate.

Drug courts have changed the lives of the thousands of people who've "graduated" through the program. But how exactly do the judges, rehab facilities and counselors facilitate these courts, and do they deter repeat offenders?

Bloodhounds, with their floppy skin and gangly ears, are the quintessential tracking dogs, and there's good reason.

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The United States doesn't have a national ID, but it's slowly moving toward one with the REAL ID law. But what happens if a citizen doesn't have identification?

Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II is making changes to the Royals solid-wasted plan, and that includes banning many plastics.

Will China's ban on plastic imports prompt Westerners to change our wasteful ways?

City workers have pulled 46 tons of the colorful beads from New Orleans' clogged catch basins, mostly from a five-block stretch along St. Charles Avenue.

Today's Lego bricks probably aren't what you grew up with.

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With so many dog foods on the market, how do we know what's best for our furry friends?

Is climate change to blame for king tides flooding coastal cities more often? Some scientists say yes.

California cannabis farmers could lose everything in the wildfires.

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A new study put dogs and wolves head to head in the intelligence department. Guess which species won?

Three new studies highlight the regional differences in gun injuries and deaths among young children and teens.

When a major storm is barreling down, the reasons why some people choose to shelter in place are complicated.