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

    Busted bonds

    The tenacious bonds between two carbon atoms can be broken in a surprisingly simple process.

  2. Tech

    Viral building blocks

    Proteins taken from a spherical virus and combined with pieces of DNA can form tubular nanostructures, researchers report.

  3. Chemistry

    Fragment foils Alzheimer’s protein

    Researchers have synthesized a protein fragment that, in test tubes, disrupts the formation of the fiber networks suspected to cause Alzheimer's disease.

  4. Chemistry

    Spore-detecting diving board

    Researchers have demonstrated a new way to detect bacteria.

  5. Gold-Metal Results: Compounds block immune proteins

    Metals such as platinum and gold keep certain proteins from stimulating the body's immune response.

  6. Tech

    Tiny ticker

    Researchers have demonstrated that they can control how frequently a DNA-based nanodevice changes between two forms.

  7. 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.

  8. Chemistry

    Membrane purifies gas

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.