Writer, editor, and fact checker covering water, animals, art, chemistry, and technology. Stories in Scholastic, Hakai Magazine, and Live Science. MA in science journalism. BA in chemistry.
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The Mighty Megalodon
Scientists study fossilized teeth to size up a giant shark!
Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking
Line-by-line fact check of "Fractured" series published by Environmental Health News, including Parts 1-4 (~5,000 words each), the landing page, and the About our Data page. Excludes fact check of quotes. Series: Despite years of damning studies and shocking headlines about the fracking industry's impact, people that live amongst wellpads remain in the dark about what this proximity is doing to their health and the health of their families. A two-year investigation by EHN set out to close some of those gaps by measuring chemical exposures in residents' air, water, and bodies.
States with the most rural hospitals at risk of closing
Rural hospitals in the U.S. serve 60 million people, or 1 in 5 Americans. These hospitals provide critical care while also serving as major economic drivers.
How will sea levels change with climate change?
In some places, sea levels are actually falling.
How many organs are in the human body?
It depends if you count teeth as a group or separately.
Why do dogs have cold noses?
After an especially good belly rub, a dog might bump its nose into its human as a way of saying thanks. Often, this snoot boop feels cold and wet. The owner might wonder: Is it normal for a dog's nose to feel like this?
How to Exorcise the Ghosts of Crab Traps Past
Clad in multiple layers of sweatshirts, three commercial crabbers brace against the choppy waters and brisk winds of New Jersey’s Great Bay. Watching a sonar screen mounted near the boat’s steering wheel, Warren and Karen Unkert, the two lead crabbers, navigate toward black circles marking the location of their targets like Xs on a treasure map. They’re training the third crabber, another local fisher, to operate the sonar. Suddenly, the daisy chain of grappling hooks trailing behind them...
It's Slime Time!
From social media to conventions, slime is a big business.
Reading the Quran with ‘green glasses’
How one religious leader finds environmental roots in Islamic tradition. When the light streams through the four large windows of NIA Masjid & Community Center, it casts an intricate pattern onto the prayer room floor. These exquisite windows, whose designs pay tribute to Spanish influence, are one of the mosque’s “green” features. They let light inside and reduce the need for artificial lighting. Just outside this haven, though, is the heavily polluted city of Newark, New Jersey.
What happened to prehistoric giant animals?
Saber-toothed tigers, giant ground sloths, woolly rhinos and other ice age megafauna are all extinct now — but who or what is to blame remains a mystery. Was it overkill, overchill or overgrill?
Climate change could leave utilities in hot water
Warming temperatures are a breeding ground for vulnerabilities in water distribution systems. A new study tackles challenges with maintaining and engineering water systems for a hotter future.