Aayushi Pratap

Aayushi Pratap

Science Writing Intern, Fall 2020

Aayushi Pratap was a fall 2020 science writing intern. She has a master’s degree in science and health journalism from Columbia University, as well as a master’s degree in biochemistry and a bachelor’s degree in zoology. Previously she worked as a health reporter with the Hindustan Times in Mumbai, India, covering public health. In her spare time, she swims, plays mediocre tennis and creates doodle art.

All Stories by Aayushi Pratap

  1. Brown dog tick close-up

    Dog ticks may get more of a taste for human blood as the climate changes

    At high temperatures, some brown dog ticks that can carry the bacteria that causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever seem to prefer humans over dogs.

  2. illustration of plasma cells
    Health & Medicine

    Protecting the brain from infection may start with a gut reaction

    In mice, immune cells in the meninges are trained to battle infections in the gut before migrating to the brain.

  3. ancient nothosaur fossil

    A surprisingly tiny ancient sea monster lurked in shallow waters

    Scientists have found a new species of marine reptiles called nothosaurs from around 240 million years ago.

  4. Ice Age woman carrying a toddler illustration

    The longest trail of fossilized human footprints hints at a risky Ice Age trek

    Researchers have discovered the world's longest trail of fossilized human footprints at White Sands National Park, New Mexico.

  5. fire ants building syphons

    Fire ants build little syphons out of sand to feed without drowning

    To escape a watery death, some fire ants use build sand structures that draw the insects’ sugary, liquid food out of containers and to a safer place.

  6. Rose-breasted grosbreak male on one side and female on other

    This rare bird is male on one side and female on the other

    Researchers at Powdermill Nature Reserve near Pittsburgh spotted a bird with pink male coloring on half of its body and yellow female hues on the other.

  7. photograph of China’s Chang'e-4 lunar lander on the moon

    A new moon radiation measurement may help determine health risks to astronauts

    China's lunar lander measured radiation at the moon’s surface, finding the daily dose is 2.6 times as high as inside the International Space Station.