Ashley Yeager is the associate news editor at Science News. Previously, she worked at The Scientist, where she was an associate editor for nearly three years. She has also worked as a freelance editor and writer, and as a writer at the Simons Foundation, Duke University and the W.M. Keck Observatory. She was the web producer for Science News from 2013 to 2015, and was an intern at the magazine in the summer of 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a master’s degree in science writing from MIT. Her book, Bright Galaxies, Dark Matter and Beyond, on the life of astronomer Vera Rubin, will be published by MIT Press in August.

All Stories by Ashley Yeager

  1. Astronomy

    ‘Under Alien Skies’ imagines what the sky looks like on other planets

    Astronomer Philip Plait’s new book takes readers on a thrilling ride to Mars, Pluto and even a black hole.

  2. Astronomy

    Weird black holes may hold secrets of the early universe

    Big black holes in little galaxies, rogue black holes and other behemoths could offer clues to cosmic evolution.

  3. Two new books show how sexism still pervades astronomy

    In A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman and The Sky Is for Everyone, female astronomers recount how sexism has affected their careers.

  4. Psychology

    How mindfulness-based training can give elite athletes a mental edge

    Mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy are two types of training psychologists are using to bolster athletes’ mental health.

  5. Genetics

    ‘The Code Breaker’ tells the story of CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna

    In his latest book, Walter Isaacson chronicles the discovery of CRISPR and delves into the ethics of gene editing.

  6. Neuroscience

    How biology breaks the ‘cerebral mystique’

    The Biological Mind rejects the idea of the brain as the lone organ that makes us who we are. Our body and environment also factor in, Alan Jasanoff says.

  7. Animals

    Why some birds of paradise have ultrablack feathers

    Birds of paradise have superblack feathers because of tilted, spiky microscopic features in their feathers.

  8. Neuroscience

    Scientists are seeking new strategies to fight multiple sclerosis

    Facing so many unknowns about multiple sclerosis, researchers explore the immune system, the neurons and the gut to fight the disease.

  9. Planetary Science

    See a new mosaic of images of comet 67P from the Rosetta mission

    A montage of images taken by the Rosetta spacecraft and its lander, Philae, recap the daring mission to comet 67P.

  10. Earth

    How hurricanes and other devastating disasters spur scientific research

    Hurricanes such as Harvey, Irma and others have been devastating, even deadly, yet they drive our desire for scientific discovery.

  11. Planetary Science

    Rings of Uranus reveal secrets of the planet’s moon Cressida

    By studying variations in the rings of Uranus, researchers have determined the mass and density of the planet’s moon Cressida.

  12. Planetary Science

    Moons of Uranus face future collision

    By studying variations in the rings of Uranus, researchers have determined the mass and density of the planet’s moon Cressida.