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Erik Olsen

Los Angeles, CA
West Coast Video Correspondent — Quartz
Covers:  Science, environment, extreme sports, national news, breaking news

West Coast Video Correspondent for @qz, based in Los Angeles. @nytimes alum. Drone pilot, kayaker. Follow me on Instagram @olsentropy.

Erik Olsen is the West Coast Video Correspondent for Quartz. He shoots, writes, edits and narrates video stories about interesting stuff...but mostly about science.

Before Quartz. he spent over a decade at The New York Times, including two years at the Times Sr. Video Journalist in Europe, station in Berlin.

He's an avid photographer, writer, scuba diver and drone pilot. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Scientists have built an autonomous drone that can figure out how to fly through windows without a human pilot. — Drones do amazing things. Today, they are racing, surveying crops and performing inspections. In the near future, they may be delivering stuff right to your home. But most of the time, they need someone to fly them. Drones that fly themselves, or autonomous drones, are another story.

The Last Word: Edward Albee — Edward Albee was one of America's most important and influential playwrights. In this never-before-seen Last Word interview, he discusses his life and work.

Obama creates Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument — On Thursday, President Obama declared the creation of a new national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean. It's called the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument and lies about 150 miles southeast of the coast of Cape Cod, and contains over 4,900 square-miles of ocean.

Hawaiian crows teach themselves how to use tools, offering insight into the evolution of tool use by animals. — For years we have known that the New Caledonian crow used sticks as tools to pry insects and grubs from hard to reach spots. But a recent study of captive Hawaiian crows shows that the skill may not only be more common than previously thought, but also that it may be genetic rather than learned.

The Nautilus expedition discovered a lost WWII aircraft carrier off the coast of California — The scientific expedition Nautilus, led by the famous explorer Robert Ballard, has had an eventful year. Besides plying the seas around Canada, they have confronted a sperm whale and filmed several little-known species, including a purple, googly-eyed cuttlefish that looked like a Pac-Man ghost.

Meet Bo Slyapitch, the rattlesnake wrangler to the rich and famous — Ever since Hollywood celebrities began building mansions in the chaparral hills above Los Angeles they've had to contend with two pests: paparazzi and rattlesnakes. When it comes to the deadly reptiles, they often call one man: Bo Slyapitch, rattlesnake wrangler to the rich and famous.

Crashing Parrot's new Disco drone — When most of us think of consumer drones, what comes to mind are the buzzing quadcopters currently ushering in a new era of aerial photography (and paranoia). But, French drone company Parrot wants you to think differently. With the release of their new Disco drone, the company is pushing a new form factor for consumer drones-the single fixed wing-which it...

The adorable sea creature known as the Stubby squid was seen off California's Channel Islands — With big, stuffed animal-like eyes, this creature looks like a cartoon, or a sea-dwelling Pac Man ghost. It's called a stubby squid, also known as the North Pacific bobtail squid. But it's not really a squid at all. It's more closely related to cuttlefish.

The Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts could soon become the first marine national monument on the East coast. — Quartz — The Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts is an underwater ecological hotspot about 150 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. It's a thriving, incredibly diverse biological ecosystem, where hundreds of species of fish and invertebrates swarm over underwater mountains called seamounts. Several canyons there plunge into black depths teeming with a broad array of life, including...

Smiling monkeys may tell us a lot about ourselves — Researchers at the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University in Japan filmed smiles in sleeping Japanese macaques, possibly revealing more about the origin of smiling and laughter in humans. Until now, we thought the smiles, called "spontaneous smiles," only happened in humans and chimpanzees. They've never before been observed in more distantly-related primates.
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Can we cut to Lester to see if he's wearing his earpods and listening to some music?

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RT @davidcrosss: Mar-A-Lago, the African American's home away from home!

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