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

Did humans drive this polar bear insane?

By , Globe Staff

It took years for society to accept the importance of humans’ mental health. Are we ready to make the same leap for animals in zoos?

Ideas | David Scharfenberg

Are we making our pets crazy, too?

By , Globe Staff

Captivity is hard on exotic species, but what about dogs and cats? They’ve been bred for life with humans. But they also need to be themselves.

Brainiac

Which icy moon should NASA visit?

By , Globe Staff

NASA is launching two missions to Jupiter’s moon Europa. Could more useful data be hidden on a different moon?

Brainiac

Innovation of the Week: Musical anti-loitering system

By , Globe Staff

This Rite Aid came up with a solution to discourage loitering.