John Platt

John Platt

 John R. Platt is a freelance journalist specializing in environmental issues, cutting-edge technology, and entrepreneurship. He writes about endangered species for Scientific American and green technology for several publishers. John lives on the coast of Maine where he spends his spare time drawing cartoons. Visit him online at

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Fabled 'Gate to Hell' really did kill people — and now we know why

Invasive plant that can cause blindness pops up in Virginia for first time

Cyberslacking boosts workplace productivity

Did researchers find Amelia Earhart's skeleton?

Installation begins on Jeff Bezos' 10,000-year clock

Should intelligent animals have human rights?

CDC issues new warning about salmonella from pet turtles

Why are bees producing blue honey?

What is methane and why should you care?

Melting ice could release ancient viruses hidden in glaciers

The strange history of the man-eating lions of Tsavo

The 1919 Boston Molasses Flood: The forgotten tragedy too bizarre for the history books