Matt Crenson

Former Managing Editor, News Editor

All Stories by Matt Crenson

  1. In ancient Southwest droughts, a warning of dry times to come

    Anything but lush, the U.S. Southwest has been especially parched lately. About a decade ago a cycle of droughts began; the latest one has dried much of the region to a degree that meteorologists expect only twice a century. But look back a millennium or more, and you’ll find signs that today’s conditions are not […]

  2. Humans

    Numbers suggest mating with humans might have led to Neandertals’ demise

  3. Strung together

    Physics is really two sciences. There’s quantum mechanics, the weird tumultuous world where particles pop into and out of nothingness and cats can be simultaneously living and dead. And there’s general relativity, Einstein’s majestic vision of massive objects bending space and time. Caption (opener, p26): Superstring theory attempts to unify gravity with quantum mechanics by […]


    A year ago, most geneticists had all but dismissed the notion that humans and Neandertals interbred. But with the cataloging of the full Neandertal genome, announced in May, we now know that people of European and Asian descent really have inherited a small percentage of their DNA from a rival species that went extinct about […]