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When an Old Idea Becomes a New Story

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I just finished my first story for The New Yorker, covering the alarming number of sudden cardiac deaths in college basketball. The data show that even though the overall risks are low, hoops players are two- to four-times more likely to die of sudden cardiac death (S.C.D) than those participating in other NCAA sports. 

The story focuses on a basketball player named Kayla Burt, who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest during her sophomore year at the University of Washington. Shockingly, her doctors could not explain why this happened — they could find nothing wrong with her heart. My story investigates the possible reasons why the odds are seemingly against basketball players.

I came across Kayla’s story while reading up on S.C.D. about three years ago. The team physician for the UW Women Huskies, Kim Harmon, along with her collaborator Jon Drezner, had published several papers on the incidence rate of S.C.D. in young people. They found that the overall risk was much higher than initially reported (previous studies pinned the risk at 1:200,000, while Harmon and Drezner found it to be ~1:43,000).

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jtotheizzoe:

If you haven’t seen the new comic at The Oatmeal: “Why the mantis shrimp is my new favorite animal”, then check it out. Because that is one bad mofo crustacean.
With fists of fanatical fury and the most advanced vision system on the planet, I feel like the mantis shrimp is just evolution’s warning to us all: “Keep your shit under control, or else I’ll make this thing rhino-sized in a heartbeat.”
Radiolab featured this little guy’s amazing vision in an episode on colors last year. And Ed Yong was into mantis shrimp before they were cool, so go check out his great articles about their superpowers.

jtotheizzoe:

If you haven’t seen the new comic at The Oatmeal: “Why the mantis shrimp is my new favorite animal, then check it out. Because that is one bad mofo crustacean.

With fists of fanatical fury and the most advanced vision system on the planet, I feel like the mantis shrimp is just evolution’s warning to us all: “Keep your shit under control, or else I’ll make this thing rhino-sized in a heartbeat.”

Radiolab featured this little guy’s amazing vision in an episode on colors last year. And Ed Yong was into mantis shrimp before they were cool, so go check out his great articles about their superpowers.