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. middling black hole

    Middling black hole may be hiding in star cluster

    A black hole with about 2,200 times the mass of the sun has been detected. If confirmed, it could represent a new type of gas-starved black holes and hint at how supermassive ones may form.

  2. Abell 2744

    Faint, distant galaxies may have driven early universe makeover

    Gravitational lensing has revealed extremely faint galaxies in the early universe, suggesting these tiny galaxies were responsible for cosmic reionization.

  3. clouds of gas

    Conditions right for stars, planets near Milky Way’s supermassive black hole

    Four clouds of gas near the galactic center have roughly the right mass to be young stars, possibly with planets.

  4. Venus' wave
    Planetary Science

    Weird wave found in Venus’ wind-whipped atmosphere

    A 10,000-kilometer-long gravity wave arched across the upper atmosphere of Venus. The feature may have been the largest of its kind in the solar system.

  5. comet 67P jet
    Planetary Science

    Comet 67P, Rosetta spacecraft cozy up to the sun

    Comet 67P is shooting off brilliant jets of gas and dust as it swings in close to the sun, giving scientists clues to the space rocks chemical composition.

  6. Neurons and glia

    Rethinking which cells are the conductors of learning and memory

    Brain cells called glia may be center stage when it comes to learning and memory, recent research suggests.

  7. Giganotosaurus

    Fossils illustrate evolution of life

    Paleontologist Donald Prothero takes readers through the evolution of life on Earth from the earliest oozes of goo to our recent relative Lucy.

  8. false-color image of pluto
    Planetary Science

    Ice flows, haze offer more clues to Pluto’s geology

    New Horizons’ latest data reveal more hints about Pluto’s shrinking atmosphere and possible underground ocean.

  9. The surface of Venus
    Planetary Science

    First craters on Mars spotted 50 years ago

    Fifty years ago, Mariner 4 revealed that the Red Planet was peppered with craters. Now we know pockmarks are common on many other planets and moons, too.

  10. boa

    Boas kill by cutting off blood flow, not airflow

    Boas actually kill by constricting blood flow of their prey, not suffocating them, as scientists previously suspected.

  11. Wendiceratops pinhornensis

    How dinos like Triceratops got their horns

    A new dino named Wendiceratops pinhornensis gives hints about how Triceratops and other relatives got their horns.

  12. clot snatcher
    Health & Medicine

    Clot-snatching stroke treatment gets the green light

    Snatching blood clots from the brain with a wire mesh stent is a new stroke treatment that is now supported in the United States.