Carolyn Wilke

Carolyn Wilke

Science Writing Intern, Summer 2019

Carolyn Wilke is the summer 2019 science writer intern at Science News. She reported on life sciences as the intern at The Scientist and wrote for The Sacramento Bee as a 2017 AAAS Mass Media Fellow. Carolyn completed her Ph.D. in environmental engineering at Northwestern University, where she studied the chemistry and toxic effects of nanomaterials to microbes under environmental conditions. She enjoys writing about materials science, microbiology, chemistry and all things related to the environment.

All Stories by Carolyn Wilke

  1. fish fossil
    Animals

    A 50-million-year-old fossil captures a swimming school of fish

    Analysis of a fossilized fish shoal suggests that animals may have evolved coordinated group movement around 50 million years ago.

  2. chocolate
    Chemistry

    Sweaty, vinegary and sweet odors mingle to make dark chocolate’s smell

    Scientists have worked out the chemistry of dark chocolate’s smell and reconstructed the aroma.

  3. raven
    Animals

    Bad moods could be contagious among ravens

    Ravens may pick up and share their compatriots’ negativity, a study on the social intelligence of these animals suggests.

  4. peacock spider
    Animals

    Peacock spiders’ superblack spots reflect just 0.5 percent of light

    By manipulating light with tiny structures, patches on peacock spiders appear superblack, helping accentuate the arachnids’ bright colors.

  5. virus illustration
    Life

    ‘Nanobot’ viruses tag and round up bacteria in food and water

    Viruses called phages evolved to hunt bacteria. With magnetic nanoparticles and genetic engineering, they become nanobots that work for us.