Patrick Kiger

Patrick J. Kiger has written for HowStuffWorks since 2008 covering a wide array of topics, from history and politics to pop culture and technology. He worked as a newspaper reporter for the Pittsburgh Press, and the Orange County Register in California, where he covered one of the biggest serial murder cases in U.S. history, and also as a staff writer at Baltimore Magazine. As a freelancer, Patrick has written for print publications such as GQ, Mother Jones and the Los Angeles Times, and on the web for National Geographic Channel, Discovery News, Science Channel and Fast Company, among others. In recent years, he's become increasingly interested in how technological advances are altering urban life and the design of cities, and has written extensively on that subject for Urban Land magazine. In his spare time, Patrick is a longtime martial arts student and a fan of crime fiction, punk rock and classic Hollywood films.


Wine pomace — the portion of grapes left over from winemaking — has a variety of uses, from fertilizer to a nutrition-enhancing ingredient in foods.

Diplomatic staffers in Havana, Cuba, recently began to suffer from a series of health problems. Were they sound-related?

The EB-1 visa is intended for immigrants who have extraordinary abilities or achievements. So who gets them?

Australia hasn't had a mass shooting in 22 years; the U.S. has had dozens during that same time.

A massive solar-powered clock being constructed inside a mountain in Texas is designed to keep time for 10,000 years.

With so much public outcry and concern over the rash of gun violence in the U.S., why would Congress cut federal funding for research into causes and solutions?

Been together for years and assume you are common-law married? Better check the law in your state.

Twitter bots seem to be with us to stay, but how do they work? And are they all bad?

New Horizons takes photo from 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometers) away from Earth.

LiDAR scanning technology reveals huge Mayan civilization lost beneath the jungles of Guatemala.

Why are we still performing scientific tests on live animals?

Increasing scientific evidence shows that ultrafine particles are especially hazardous to health.

History has taught us that Harriet Tubman was a conductor for slaves on the Underground Railroad to freedom. But she had a second career as a Union spy and was also a champion for the elderly.

Human attempts to alter the Earth's natural systems could either successfully avert climate change or fail and cause even greater harm.

Cape Town, South Africa, population 3.7 million, could become the first city on the planet to run out of water. But it may not be the last.

Before World War II, a third of the world's population lived a territory controlled by a colonial power. How did this start and how did it end?

Scientists hope to grow transplant organs from patients' own stem cells, but success may still be a long way off.

Hotels/motels must balance guests' privacy with the safety of other guests and employees.

Emergency 911 systems sometimes have a tougher time finding cell phone callers than apps such as Uber.

The National Rifle Association focuses its considerable power on protecting the Second Amendment — the right to bear arms. But that was not their primary mission in their early years. So what changed?