Biomedical writer Aimee Cunningham is on her second tour at Science News. From 2005 to 2007, she covered chemistry, environmental science, biology and materials science for Science News.  Between stints Aimee was a freelance writer for outlets such as NPR and Scientific American Mind. She has a degree in English from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in science journalism from New York University. She received the 2019 Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism from the Endocrine Society for the article "Hormone replacement makes sense for some menopausal women."

All Stories by Aimee Cunningham

  1. Materials Science

    Rice-straw sweaters

    Textile scientists have for the first time extracted from rice straw natural cellulose fibers that can be spun into yarn.

  2. Chemistry

    Compounds pass the smell test

  3. Chemistry

    Better protection

  4. Earth

    Genes as Pollutants: Tracking drug-resistant DNA in the environment

    A study that traces antibiotic-resistance genes in the environment indicates that they are present even in treated drinking water.

  5. Chemistry

    Target Practice

    As they study the biochemical processes that make Mycobacterium tuberculosis tick, researchers are finding new targets to exploit to combat the microbe.

  6. Pathogen Preference: Infected amoebas flourish in cooling towers

    Cooling towers appear to be more effective than natural waters at fostering novel bacterial species that cause illnesses in people.

  7. Chemistry

    Protection from poisons

    An Alzheimer's disease drug could be protective against the deadly effects of two nerve agents.

  8. Materials Science

    Logos to Go: Hydrogel coatings provide removable color

    A biodegradable coating could add a temporary splash of color to sports fields, buildings, or even people's bodies.

  9. Chemistry

    Mulch matters

    Mulch made from recycled construction and demolition wood can release arsenic into the environment.

  10. Earth

    What’s New in the Water? Survey tallies emerging disinfection by-products

    By analyzing drinking-water samples from U.S. treatment plants, a multi-institute research team has identified some unexpected by-products of disinfection processes.

  11. Chemistry

    Follow the lead

    A new water-soluble, lead-sensing chemical is the first to detect the toxic metal in live cells.

  12. Materials Science

    Solid Information: Chemical composition can determine concrete’s durability

    A new analysis reveals how damage progresses in concrete that's exposed to sulfate.