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

    Explosive tempers

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

  2. 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.

  3. Materials Science

    Filling in the blanks

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

  4. Humans

    Nobel prizes: The power of original thinking

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

  5. 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.

  6. Materials Science

    Carbon nanotubes get nosy

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

  7. Chemistry

    Into the Void: Porous crystals could do more chemistry

    Chemists have devised a new approach that creates crystalline material with some of the largest pores yet.

  8. Chemistry

    Greener Nylon: One-pot recipe could eliminate industrial leftovers

    Researchers have devised a one-step process for making the primary ingredient of nylon.

  9. Chemistry

    How hot was it?

    Scientists have created heat-sensing polymers that indicate exposure to high temperatures by changing color under ultraviolet light.

  10. Chemistry

    Novel reaction produces hydrogen

    Chemists have found a new way to produce hydrogen using only water, an organic liquid, and a metal catalyst.

  11. Chemistry

    Cactus goo purifies water

    Scientists are working on an environmentally benign water-filtering process that uses the nopal cactus.

  12. Materials Science

    Sun and Sand: Dirty silicon could supply solar power

    Scientists have proposed a way to control the distribution of contaminants in silicon, potentially opening up the use of cheaper starting materials for making solar cells.