Latif Nasser is a longtime friend of the show. You’ve heard him numerous times on air or read his missives on our site: telling us stories about the lie of the perfect snowflake, how pigeons get home, the lie that is the meter, etc. Having just finished his PhD at Harvard in the history of science, he is our new Director of Research. On staff he’ll be telling us more stories, infecting us with his enthusiasm and applying his formidable research skills to building out our editorial pipeline. He’ll also be the primary point of contact for our fact-checkers and outside contributors. He’ll also be standing at his desk like a meerkat. A meerkat with glasses.
Latif Nasser appears in the following:
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
About six and a half billion people use the metric system every single day. That's more than the citizens of any single nation, the followers of any single religion or the speakers of any single language. Sociologist Hector Vera has called the metric system “more popular than Jesus.”
Friday, June 13, 2014
A plum-sized lump of metal takes us from the French Revolution to an underground bunker in Maryland as we try to weigh the way we weigh the world around us.
Monday, December 17, 2012
You know those stunningly symmetrical, glittery snowflakes you see everywhere at a certain time of year -- hanging from streetlights, stitched on sweaters, and sprinkled all over tv? Those perfectly-etched pictures are all a big lie. Latif Nasser explains how it all began in a cold, snowy ...
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A seemingly cuddly caterpillar becomes the Terminator in Latif Nasser's story about a not-so-distant epidemic in America's bluegrass country...
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Pipes get metaphysical when a historian (of medicine) and a plumber meet inside one tiny midtown Manhattan apartment...
Friday, July 27, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
When the 17-year-old crown prince of Spain, Don Carlos, fell down a set of stairs in 1562, he threw his whole country into a state of uncertainty about the future. Especially his father, King Philip II, who despite being the most powerful man in the world, was helpless in the ...
Friday, June 29, 2012
Real-life people try to pin down, and make peace with, mysterious figures that haunt them, prod them, and fade out of existence.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Latif Nasser recounts a strange tale of 19th century scandal and spirituality. Read the article (and check out a belly dancing video from the late 1800s) here.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Latif Nasser makes an unexpected discovery in a psych ward in Denmark--an unusual museum full of stunning artifacts. Read more, and check out a ton of photos.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Monday, January 09, 2012
How do you square the idea of a bad person who does great good? Or a good person who does terrible harm? Sam Kean introduces us to the confusing life story of Fritz Haber. Around 1900, Haber was a young chemist in Germany, intent on solving the biggest problem facing ...