Ideas Writer and Editorial Writer

David Scharfenberg

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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Ideas | David Scharfenberg

Computers can solve your problem. You may not like the answer

By , Globe Staff

What happened when Boston’s schools tried for equity with an algorithm?

Brainiac

‘Corruption face’: Trying to predict politicians’ misconduct

By , Globe Staff

Subjects of a California study made better-than-chance judgments about whether pols had been convicted of corruption.

Brainiac

The Flat Earth Society weighs in on climate change

By , Globe Staff

In an unusual twist, the society was asked to share its views on climate change.

Brainiac

The secret to evenly splitting dry spaghetti

By , Globe Staff

What would it take to break a single piece of dry spaghetti into two pieces?