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Ashley Yeager

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Ashley Yeager joined the Science News team as web producer in August 2013, and she writes the Science Ticker blog. She worked as a science writing intern for Science News in 2008. Previously Ashley worked at Duke University, where she covered physical sciences and created multimedia content for the university's news office. She also handled social media for Duke Research, the university's science website. An astronomy enthusiast, Ashley previously worked as a public information officer for the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. She has an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee and a master’s in science writing from MIT.

Ashley Yeager's Articles

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    Early meat-eater may have led to larger plant-eaters

    The newly identified Eocasea martini may have set the stage for later, much larger animals to become plant-eaters.

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    Down’s syndrome goes beyond chromosome 21

    A genetic analysis suggests that the DNA changes linked to Down's syndrome happen on all chromosomes, not just the 21st.

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    Fish gill fossils gnaw at ideas of jaw evolution

    Bony fishes, not modern sharks, may provide a better understanding of the earliest jawed animals and the evolution of the jaw itself.

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    Excitons' motions captured in images

    Scientists have observed how quasiparticles called excitons move.

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    Saturn may be getting a new moon

    An icy object within Saturn's rings may be a new moon in the making.

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    Modern hunter-gatherers' guts host distinct microbes

    A healthy collection of gut bacteria depends on the environment in which people live and their lifestyle, research shows.

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    Hepatitis C treatment appears extremely effective

    A mix of four medications has provided the most effective way to date to counter the hepatitis C virus in humans.

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    How cells keep from popping

    The protein SWELL1 stops cells from swelling so much that they burst, a new study shows.

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    Huge space rock rattled Earth 3 billion years ago

    An asteroid almost as wide as Rhode Island may have plowed into Earth 3.26 billion years ago, leaving its mark in South Africa’s Barberton greenstone belt.

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    Amoebas’ munching may cause diarrheal disease

    Amoebas biting and swallowing pieces of human cells may be what causes amebic dysentery, a potentially fatal diarrheal disease in the developing world.

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