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. Way to Glow: Butterfly-wing structure matches high-tech lights’ design

    The blue-green wings of the swallowtail butterfly harbor an intricate optical system with a design reminiscent of the latest in light-emitting diode technology.

  2. Chemistry

    Whiff Weapon: Pheromone might control invasive sea lampreys

    Researchers have characterized the primary components of the migratory pheromone that guides sea lampreys to suitable spawning areas.

  3. Materials Science

    Up to Snuff: Nanotube network fights flames

    Researchers have found that infusing plastics with a network of carbon nanotubes reduces their flammability.

  4. Materials Science

    Brainy bandages

    Researchers have taken a step toward smart bandages that would indicate the presence of an infection in a wound.

  5. Chemistry

    Making a Little Progress

    Scientists are using nanotechnology to develop new strategies for diagnosing and treating cancer.

  6. Materials Science

    Slim and Sturdy Solar Cells: Nanocrystals offer path to electricity

    Researchers have crafted an ultrathin solar cell out of inorganic nanocrystals that have several of the advantages of plastic but avoid some of its shortcomings.

  7. Materials Science

    Explosive tempers

    Researchers have demonstrated that carbon nanotubes, once ignited, can detonate explosives.

  8. Chemistry

    Chemical Dancing: Chemists choreograph molecular moves for Nobel honor

    This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to three scientists for their work on a versatile strategy for synthesizing all manner of chemical compounds in an environmentally friendly way.

  9. Materials Science

    Filling in the blanks

    Scientists have added precision to a patterning technique called microcontact printing.

  10. Humans

    Nobel prizes: The power of original thinking

    The 2005 Nobel prizes in the sciences honor a gutsy move, optical brilliance, and chemical crossovers.

  11. Materials Science

    Heart of the Matter: Scanning scope digs deeper into microchips

    Researchers have developed a noninvasive imaging technique that lets them see deep inside a microchip.

  12. Materials Science

    Carbon nanotubes get nosy

    Researchers have demonstrated that individual nanotubes, decorated with DNA, can rapidly detect a number of gases.