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Jeff Wise
Jeff Wise is a magazine writer, outdoor adventurer, and author of Extreme Fear: the Science of Your Mind in Danger. A contributing editor at Travel + Leisure, he has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Details, Men’s Journal, and many others. In the course of his journalism career he has surfed in Alaska, scuba dived the South China Sea, piloted a WWII fighter plane, and mushed a dog team in Montana. He lives in New York City.

Entries by Jeff Wise

Marine Biologists Could Hold Key to MH370 Mystery

(14) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 11:14 AM

With every passing day, it becomes more likely that the ships scouring the southern Indian Ocean for signs of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will come up empty handed. (Indeed, many independent researchers suspect that the odds of success are already zero.) If nothing comes up before the...

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The Enigma at the Center of the Malaysia Airlines Mystery

(50) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 9:51 AM

One year ago this Sunday, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared into the night. Since then, what at first seemed a rare and tragic incident has come to seem something stranger -- a mystery so baffling, so riddled with contradictory evidence, that officials are beginning to wonder if they have been...

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Eight Months On, MH370 Mystery Continues to Deepen

(11) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 8:27 AM

When Australia called off the surface search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on April 28, Prime Minister Tony Abbot explained that "It is highly unlikely at this stage that we will find any aircraft debris on the ocean surface. By this stage, 52 days into the search, most...

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How Panic Doomed Air France Flight 447

(854) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 8:00 AM

On the evening of May 31, 2009, 216 passengers and 12 crew members boarded an Air France Airbus 330 at Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The flight, Air France 447, departed at 7.29 p.m. local time for a scheduled 11-hour trip to Paris. It never...

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Forging a Soul of Iron

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 8:17 AM

Gerry Duffy, a rangy, chiseled 43-year-old from Ireland, ranks as one of the most remarkable endurance athletes in the world. Last year, he took first place in an insanely grueling event called the UK Deca Ironman Challenge that required its participants to complete, every day for 10 days, a full...

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Could a Sendai-Sized Quake Hit the US?

(6) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 5:47 PM

The massive tremors and ensuing tsunami that devastated Japan earlier this month was an order of magnitude more destructive than anything that has hit the continental Unites States in historical times. But seismologists say that a similar event could well strike here. In fact, it's only a matter of time....

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The Nine Secrets of Courage From Extreme Fear (Photos)

(3) Comments | Posted February 21, 2011 | 11:57 AM

Courage: it's not just for heroes. Fear is an emotion we all deal with, and how we handle it determines what kind of life we'll lead -- whether shackled by anxiety and dread, or empowered to conquer new challenges. Yet we spend most of our time trying to avoid fear,...

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The Joy of Getting Lost

(4) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 11:13 AM

The most exciting thing about travel for me is the delicious sense of disorientation, that Alice-in-Wonderland sense that even the smallest, most mundane details of life have been switched around. For me, getting lost in a strange place isn't necessarily a bad thing at all. I like the sense of...

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What is Nihilism, Anyway? A Chat With Sean D. Kelly, Co-author of All Things Shining

(92) Comments | Posted January 14, 2011 | 2:03 PM

How can we lead meaningful lives in an age when the broad culture no longer embraces a single vision of religious truth? In a remarkable new book, All Things Shining, philosophy professors Sean D. Kelly of Harvard and Hubert Dreyfus of UC Berkeley undertake a rollicking survey of three millennia...

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Brain Function: The Strange Lives of Women With No Fear

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2010 | 2:42 PM

For a woman with profound brain damage, SM seems rather unremarkable. Her IQ tests normal; she speaks like an average person, and her memory and perception show no sign of dysfunction. But the 44-year-old woman does have one very specific, very unusual, and for neuroscientists, a very interesting impairment: she...

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7 Transformative Solo Trips

(14) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 2:47 PM

For a new kind of travel experience, try leaving some baggage at home: your friends. "Traveling alone brings a more pure relationship with the natural world and with oneself," says Nathaniel Stone, who spent 10 months single handedly rowing 6000 miles around the Eastern United States, a journey he describes...

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Today's Fake Terror Threat: "FAA Loses Track of 119,000 Aircraft"

(6) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 11:18 AM

How do you take a really boring story about a bureaucratic procedural revision and turn it into a hot national news story? Spray on a coating of terrorism. While you're at it, add a dash of drug-war hysteria.

Okay, to get the boring part out of the way: The Federal...

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