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

    Busy Little Recyclers: Chemical process, microbial metabolism transform trash-bound plastics

    A two-step approach that converts a common plastic into a biodegradable polymer may cut the number of packing peanuts and Styrofoam cups that end up in landfills.

  2. Chemistry

    Membrane purifies gas

    Researchers have synthesized a membrane that may purify hydrogen more efficiently than conventional chemical methods do.

  3. Humans

    Changing Priorities: Bush initiative shifts science-budget funds

    President Bush's proposed fiscal year 2007 budget would keep overall research and development spending at approximately current levels.

  4. Tech

    Virus has the Midas touch

    Researchers have recruited a stringlike virus to carry nanoscale loads of gold that could serve as imaging agents in cancer diagnosis.

  5. Tech

    Microbial Moxie

    Microbial fuel cells, which take advantage of the fact that some microbes generate electricity when they break down organic matter, could one day power remote sensors, wastewater-treatment plants, and portable devices.

  6. Chemistry

    Reactions on the spot

    Researchers report that they have engineered a miniature pipette that can dispense solutions at volumes of a billionth of a billionth of a liter.

  7. Materials Science

    Engineering membranes from cellular parts

    Chemists have for the first time spun the molecules that make up cellular membranes into fibrous networks.

  8. Materials Science

    Making waves

    Scientists have created thin, wavy silicon ribbons that stretch along with their rubber backing.

  9. Tech

    Cranberry aid for assay

    Cranberry juice, often used to stave off urinary-tract infections caused by Escherichia coli, also keeps the bacterium from reducing a biosensor's specificity.

  10. Robo Receptor: Researchers engineer a brain ion channel to take its cues from light

    Scientists have engineered an ion channel in nerve cells to open or close in response to light.

  11. Chemistry

    Molecular Car Park: Material packs in carbon dioxide

    A porous, crystalline material composed of metal and organic building blocks holds more carbon dioxide than other porous substances do.

  12. Chemistry

    Mixed Message: Pheromone blend sends signal

    The meaning of a chemical message released by male Asian elephants depends on the chemical's total concentration as well as on the balance of the chemical's two forms.