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. Best Friend’s Genome: Dog’s DNA sheds light on human genetics, too

    Scientists have published the genome of a boxer, a detailed comparison of the dog's genome with the genomes of mice and people, and a study of genetic variation among dog breeds.

  2. Tech

    Sweets spur biodiesel reaction

    A Japanese research team has made an environmentally friendly biodiesel catalyst from charred sugars.

  3. Chemistry

    Multitasking Miniatures: Tailor-made particles are versatile

    A new class of tiny particles fashioned from metal and organic building blocks may lead to novel catalysts and sensors.

  4. Chemistry

    A Skunk Walks into a Bar . . .

    Research into the chemistry behind unpleasant beer flavors may someday lead to a more flavor-stable brew.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Materials Science

    Up to Snuff: Nanotube network fights flames

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

  8. Materials Science

    Brainy bandages

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

  9. Chemistry

    Making a Little Progress

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

  10. 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.

  11. Materials Science

    Explosive tempers

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

  12. 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.