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. Rajasthan, India
    Climate

    South Asia could face deadly heat and humidity by the end of this century

    If climate change is left unchecked, simulations show extreme heat waves in densely populated agricultural regions of India and Pakistan. 

  2. First flower reconstruction
    Plants

    A new portrait of the world’s first flower is unveiled

    A reconstruction of the first flowers suggests the ancient blooms were bisexual.

  3. Venus
    Planetary Science

    Evidence mounts for an ocean on early Venus

    Not long after its birth, Venus may have rocked a water ocean, new simulations suggest.

  4. galaxies M81 and M82
    Astronomy

    Half of the Milky Way comes from other galaxies

    A galaxy may swipe up to half of its atoms from other galaxies, making the Milky Way mostly extragalactic stuff, new simulations suggest.

  5. Syrtis Major
    Planetary Science

    More hints of Martian hot springs may hold promise for Mars 2020 mission

    An analysis of ridges in a crater of Margaritifer Terra on Mars offers evidence of ancient hot springs and also hints at the potential for finding signs of life.

  6. microlensing illustration
    Astronomy

    Fewer big rogue planets roam the galaxy, recount shows

    Jupiter-mass planets without parent solar systems are less common than astronomers thought, a new study suggests.

  7. synestia illustration
    Planetary Science

    Earth might once have resembled a hot, steamy doughnut

    Newly proposed space objects called synestias are large, spinning hunks of mostly vaporized rock. They look like a jelly-filled doughnut.

  8. bro with dog
    Genetics

    These genes may be why dogs are so friendly

    Dog domestication may be the result of just a few genetic changes, including ones that made canines more interested in interacting with people.

  9. Sentinel-1 satellite image of Larsen C
    Earth

    Delaware-sized iceberg breaks off Antarctic ice shelf

    An iceberg about the size of Delaware splintered from the Larsen C ice shelf in one of the largest calving events ever recorded.

  10. petunias
    Plants

    Petunias spread their scent using pushy proteins

    Scent molecules hitch a ride on a particular protein to escape flowers.

  11. child looking at firearm
    Science & Society

    Latest stats are just a start in preventing gun injuries in kids

    New stats on firearm deaths and injuries are disturbing, but the picture to make policy is far from complete, researchers say.

  12. frames of particles of light
    Tech

    New video camera captures 5 trillion frames every second

    A new camera’s record-breaking speed offers researchers a window into never-before-seen phenomena, such as combustion reactions.