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. Chemistry

    Leaking lead

    A disinfectant used by some U.S. water utilities dissolves lead in laboratory experiments.

  2. Tech

    Directing tubular traffic

    Researchers have shown that they can steer individual protein tubes along tiny channels of a glass chip.

  3. Materials Science

    Feeling cagey

    Researchers have discovered that gold can take the shape of nanoscale, hollow cages.

  4. Earth

    Tainted by Cleanser: Antimicrobial agent persists in sludge

    About 76 percent of a commonly used antimicrobial agent exits sewage-treatment plants as a component of the sludge that's often used as a farm fertilizer.

  5. Earth

    Particular Problems

    Toxicologists and chemists are forging a new field called nanotoxicology as they grapple with assessing the safety of engineered nanoparticles.

  6. Tech

    Long-lasting liposomes

    A coat of nanoparticles can prevent a popular lab-made capsule from fusing with its neighbors and losing its structure.

  7. Materials Science

    Microbe holds fast

    A common aquatic microbe makes a sticky substance that produces the strongest biological adhesion ever discovered.

  8. Picking Pathways: Small molecule boosts morphine effect

    Some small molecules affect specific pathways in one of the body's most common cell-regulating systems.

  9. Chemistry

    Dynamic Duo: Two catalysts build valuable carbon chains

    By combining the power of two well-known reactions, chemists have devised a way to alter the length of linear carbon chains.

  10. Materials Science

    Wired Viruses: New electrodes could make better batteries

    With the aid of a bacteria-infecting virus, researchers have engineered cobalt oxide-and-gold nanowires that can be used as electrodes for lithium-ion batteries.

  11. Materials Science

    Spin City

    Researchers are using a technique called electrospinning to create fibrous mats that have potential applications in drug delivery, wound care, and tissue engineering.

  12. Materials Science

    Making the Most of It

    A recent crop of studies demonstrates how nature finds strength in unlikely places.