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Clive Thompson

Clive Thompson

Clive Thompson is a journalist who writes about science and technology. He’s a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a monthly columnist for Wired magazine; he also writes a periodic column about the history of technology for Smithsonian magazine.

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The Science of Baby-Name Trends

What makes a name suddenly pop—and then die? Social scientists and historians have been puzzling over this for decades.
John Tyndall's setup for measuring radiant heat absorption by gases

How 19th Century Scientists Predicted Global Warming

Today’s headlines make climate change seem like a recent discovery. But Eunice Newton Foote and others have been piecing it together for centuries.