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Inside Science

From June to August of 2019, I was a science writer at Inside Science

Inside Science: News

Fantastic Yeasts and Where Bakers Find Them

March 29, 2021

Sourdough bread has nurtured humans for thousands of years -- perhaps even more so during the bread-making hype of the COVID-19 pandemic -- and bakers have perfected the craft of making it over generations. Now, scientists are beginning to understand the identities and activities of the microbes in sourdough that are key to making a delicious loaf.

Republished in ABC News

How These Sharks Glow Neon Green

August 8, 2019

Newly discovered family of fluorescent molecules explains how two kinds of seafloor-dwelling sharks glow.

Republished in Discover Magazine and ABC News


California’s Wildfires May Be Too Much, Even for Fire-loving Woodpeckers

August 6, 2019

‘Megafires’ jeopardize the black-backed woodpecker’s habitat.

Climate Change Really is Causing California’s Raging Wildfires

July 30, 2019

A new study links increased temperatures caused by climate change to California's worsening wildfire problem.


An Astronomer's Old Photos Reveal Hidden Wonders of the Night Sky

July 18, 2019

Using a simple film camera, astronomer Bill Livingston photographed satellites that hover above the equator.

Duplicate Genes Let These Fish Switch Sex

July 10, 2019

For the bluehead wrasse, going from female to male involves a dramatic genetic reprogramming in the sexual organs.


The Aerodynamics of a Soccer Ball

June 28, 2019

When it comes to scoring a goal, soccer ball design is crucial to a player's success.

Republished in ABC News

How Running a Marathon Changes Your Gut Microbes

June 24, 2019

Endurance exercise favors the growth of some gut bacteria, which might provide athletes with an extra boost. 

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