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Ashley Yeager

Web Producer, Science Ticker Blogger

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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    How string quartets stay together

    New data tracking millisecond-scale corrections suggests that some ensembles are more autocratic — following one leader —while other musical groups are more democratic, making corrections equally.
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    Protein linked to motor nerve cells being fast or slow

    The protein, Delta-like homolog 1, is made in 30 percent of motor neurons and helps to determine at which speed the cells work, research shows.

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    Imbalance in gut bacteria may play role in Crohn's disease

    Identifying the onset of Crohn’s disease may best be done by looking at bacteria in the cellular linings intestinal tissue.

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    Early advantages pay off in public opinion on Twitter

    Twitter data show that having a slight advantage early in the formation of public opinion can be beneficial even though the state of the opinions level off over time.

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    How the Chicxulub impact made acid rain

    Using lasers to accelerate materials to asteroid-like impact velocities, scientists have shown how the Chicxulub asteroid impact, which happened roughly 65 million years ago, could have created a mass extinction in the oceans.

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    Warm, wet weather may have helped Genghis Khan rule

    Mild, wet weather — not drought — may have helped Genghis Khan expand the Mongolian empire to the largest in human history.

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    Mojave Crater may be source of many Martian meteorites

    Many of the roughly 150 Martian meteorites found on Earth probably came from the Mojave Crater on Mars.

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    New dino species named Europe’s top predator

    At up to 10 meters long and weighing in at four to five tons, this Tyrannosaurus rex-like beast could have been the biggest predator to ever roam Europe and among the largest dinosaurs to walk Earth during the late Jurassic period.

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    Cosmic lens exposes spin of supermassive black hole

    A chance alignment of a bright, distant galaxy behind a much closer one has given astronomers a rare opportunity to determine the spin of a supermassive black hole 6 billion light-years from Earth.

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