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Bahar Gholipour
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I am a New York–based tech and science journalist with a background in computer science and neuroscience. I cover the brain, neuroscience and psychology, genetics and AI. 

For projects, story ideas and public speaking contact me at  bahar.gholipour at gmail dot com


I have written for a variety of publications including Scientific American, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Science, Spectrum, WIRED, New York Magazine, the Washington Post, Live Science, NBC News and the Daily Beast.

Find me on TwitterLinkedInFacebook, Instagram Email: bahar.gholipour at gmail dot com


Scientific American

The Future of Disease Outbreaks

The explosive growth of the human population—from 2.5 billion to 6 billion since the second half of the 20th century—may have already started changing how infectious diseases emerge.

By Bahar Gholipour, 2013 - Scientific American 

The number of newly emerging infectious diseases has been rising significantly over time. Here's a time-lapse of new infectious diseases worldwide during 1944-2004. *The visualization is based on data gathered by Peter Daszak et al., for "Global trends in emerging infectious diseases," published in Nature, 2008

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I write and produce for Brain Craft, a PBS Youtube channel created by Vanessa Hill.

(new!) Attention Wars: a 6-episode series about the impact of

big tech and social media. Watch the episodes!

Bad Behavior: A Field Guide (Series)

Humans are complicated: a tangled web of amazing biology and bad behaviors.

This illustrated field guide will help you navigate the hostile wilderness of human nature.

Watch the episodes!


  • When AI hallucinates Artificial neural networks are pretty good at image recognition – but sometimes, they see things that...aren't there.  Watch the episode!

  • Reversing Brain Death? Nothing is as certain as death. Yet humans have come up with ways to push it further and further. The heart stops beating?
    Do CPR. The lungs fail? Use a mechanical ventilator. These techniques have cheated death millions of times. But there is a point of no return: when the brain dies. Or is it? Watch the episode!


In a project with GE and VaynerMedia I launched and served as the founding managing editor of Braindecoder, a neuroscience website with news and feature stories written by a team of esteemed science journalists.

Braindecoder reached nearly half a million unique readers every month and quickly gained loyal fans among both academics and the general public. You can check out archived versions on:



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