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Boston Globe Ideas aims to showcase fascinating research findings and explore what new technologies mean for society and our lives. Here you can find thoughtful analysis of the news, historical context to current events and ideas, and provocative thought.

We think of Greater Boston as a microcosm, and in some ways a lab, where nearly all the world’s problems and many of its solutions appear.

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Brian Bergstein, Ideas Editor

Brian Bergstein edits the Ideas section and specializes in science and technology coverage on the editorial board. He previously was executive editor of MIT Technology Review, founding editor of the biotech publication Neo.Life, and a reporter and editor for The Associated Press in New York, Boston, Chicago, and Silicon Valley. He was a Knight Fellow in Science Journalism at MIT in 2004-05.

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Kelly Horan, Deputy Ideas Editor

Kelly Horan is the deputy editor of the Ideas section and has a particular interest in amplifying the voices of the city’s marginalized and homeless populations. She wrote and produced the Boston Globe podcasts Mr. 80 Percent and Last Seen. Prior to that, Kelly edited the ideas and opinion page Cognoscenti and was a longtime public radio producer. She was a 2007 Wellesley College Stevens Fellow in Paris and a 2004 Japan Society of New York Fellow in Japan. Kelly is the author, with Pakistani human rights activist Humaira Awais Shahid, of Devotion and Defiance.


David Scharfenberg, Ideas Writer and Editorial Writer

David Scharfenberg is an editorial writer and staff writer for the Globe’s Ideas section. He previously worked as a reporter in the Globe’s State House bureau. A graduate of Brown University, he has written for The New York Times and The Providence Journal and was a radio reporter at WBUR in Boston.

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