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. Earth

    Deep sea viruses are an unexpected ringer

    Deep-sea vent waters harbor high numbers virus-carrying bacteria. The viruses may actually help the bacteria survive the harsh vent environments.

  2. Space

    Little middle ground for black holes

    Black holes may not come in mid-sized versions. Astronomers expecting to find one in a galaxy cluster found a tiny black hole there instead.

  3. Space

    The great planet debate

    New suggestions for defining a planet would put Pluto back on the list. Scientists discuss the International Astronomical Union’s definition during the Great Planet Debate Conference.

  4. Science & Society

    Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science

  5. Space

    Upgrading a moon

    Pluto’s moon could perhaps get bumped onto the dwarf planet list.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Heart to heart

    Successful heart transplant experiment in infants draws attention to debate on defining death of organ donors.

  7. Life

    Beetles hear the heat

    Researchers verify fire beetles have a pressure vessel that enables them to sense intense heat.

  8. Space

    Uncommon Earth

    New computer model suggests Earth and its brethren are atypical.

  9. Astronomy

    Invisible clumps in the galaxy

    Model finds dark matter nearby and might shed light on the invisible material’s composition.

  10. Space

    Surprising signal

    Potential contaminant found on Red Planet does not rule out its prospect for habitability.

  11. Space

    In the moon’s shadow

    NASA broadcasts Aug. 1 total solar eclipse.

  12. Astronomy

    The Universe in a Mirror