Diana Gitig, Ars Technica

Diana Gitig

Ars Technica

White Plains, NY, United States

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Past articles by Diana:

Are we ethically ready to set up shop in space?

A new book asks hard questions about whether we've thought through life in space. → Read More

The return of Flat Earth, the grandfather of conspiracy theories

A new book argues Flat Earth beliefs provide a guide to conspiratorial thinking. → Read More

What medieval attitudes tell us about our evolving views of sex

New book details how some attitudes changed less than their justifications. → Read More

Antibiotic resistance induced by the widespread use of… antidepressants?

Bacteria evolve drug resistance more readily when antidepressants are around. → Read More

Your next pour-over may be Liberica or excelsa

Climate change has coffee growers searching for alternative crop strains. → Read More

Scientists discover a new supergroup of rare single-celled predators

Rare microbes form two branches of a supergroup, a classification above kingdoms. → Read More

The Moon landing was faked, and wind farms are bad

In Germany, opposition to wind farms correlated with conspiratorial thinking. → Read More

Behavior-changing parasite moves wolves to the head of the pack

A parasite associated with bold behavior is also associated with pack leadership. → Read More

Biotechnology is creating ethical worries—and we’ve been here before

A new book explores 3 capabilities that are here now, whether we're ready or not. → Read More

A little taste of everything that’s out there

The book The Short Story of the Universe really does have it all. → Read More

Genetically engineered rice needs less fertilizer, makes more food

The change coupled enhanced photosynthesis with improved nitrogen use. → Read More

Why don’t most foods cause allergies?

Proteins in food set off an immune response—but a feeble one. → Read More

Learning physiology by looking at the poisons that shut it down

A cute book, but not nearly as good as Deborah Blum’s The Poisoner’s Handbook. → Read More

A little bit of everything: The Short Story of Science

A beautiful volume that gives you a brief taste of most of science's key advances. → Read More

It’s a good time to learn the immune system—and this is the book for it

Philipp Dettmer, a self-described immune enthusiast, invites us into his world. → Read More

Attempt to compare different types of intelligence falls a bit short

A new book gets at what makes for intelligence, but SciFi may have done it better. → Read More

Autism affects the microbiome, not the other way around

Microbiome composition is associated with dietary choices, not a diagnosis of autism. → Read More

Searching for solutions to a crisis decades in the making

A readable book on a depressing subject: the ongoing challenge of plastic pollution. → Read More

Engineering a second genetic code in parallel with the normal one

As if an Android phone could all of a sudden run iOS at the same time. → Read More

Holding a mirror to life’s key molecules

Life only works with chemicals that have the right orientations—but chemists don't. → Read More