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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Harvard, the Stanford of the East

By David Scharfenberg , Globe Staff

What does it mean for Boston if the World’s Best University slips to No. 2?

Brainiac

Big Data: 143 tons

By David Scharfenberg , Globe Staff

It’s enormous, and attracting considerable attention in the British press.

Brainiac

Innovation of the Week: A robot hivemind

By David Scharfenberg , Globe Staff

These robots could latch onto each other and merge their nervous systems.

Brainiac

Innovation of the Week: Musical brain mapping

By David Scharfenberg , Globe Staff

“It made you want to cry.”

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Innovation of the Week: Trump-shaped ecstasy

By David Scharfenberg , Globe Staff

Help us, Fox News. You’re our only hope

By David Scharfenberg , Globe Staff

Innovation of the Week: Snortable chocolate

By David Scharfenberg , Globe Staff

Innovation of the Week: Embedded transit passes

By David Scharfenberg , Globe Staff

I’m a vegetarian. Bring on the lab-grown meat.

By David Scharfenberg , Globe Staff

Innovation of the Week: Better ransomware

By David Scharfenberg , Globe Staff