Cassie Martin is the associate editor at Science News. When she’s not reporting stories about coral reefs, dog genetics or astronaut poop, she edits the magazine’s Letters to the Editor section, fact-checks the news and works on the Science News in High Schools program. Cassie has a bachelor's degree in molecular genetics from Michigan State University, and a master's degree in science journalism from Boston University. Prior to Science News, she wrote for MIT, Harvard and elsewhere.

All Stories by Cassie Martin

  1. brachiosaur

    Paleontologists have ID’d the world’s biggest known dinosaur foot

    Bigfoot has been found in Wyoming. It’s not a hairy, apelike creature; it’s a dinosaur.

  2. Akainacephalus johnsoni illustration

    A new ankylosaur found in Utah had a surprisingly bumpy head

    The spiky, fossilized skull of a newly discovered dinosaur species may be a road map to its ancestors’ journey to North America.

  3. bottled water pickup site in Flint, Mich.
    Health & Medicine

    ‘The Poisoned City’ chronicles Flint’s water crisis

    A new book examines how lead ended up in Flint’s water and resulted in a prolonged public health disaster.

  4. Joseph Weber

    In 1968, scientists thought they were close to detecting gravity waves

    Despite an unverified discovery in 1968, spacetime ripples remained elusive for nearly 50 years.

  5. man swabbing his cheek

    Privacy and consumer genetic testing don’t always mix

    Interested in taking a direct-to-consumer genetic test? Here are some things you should know.

  6. mouse breast tumor
    Health & Medicine

    50 years ago, starving tumors of oxygen proposed as weapon in cancer fight

    Starving cancerous tumors of oxygen was proposed to help kill them. But the approach can make some cancer cells more aggressive.

  7. Genetics

    50 years ago, synthetic DNA made its debut

    Synthetic DNA has come a long way since it arrived on the scene half a century ago.

  8. tardigrade

    2017 delivered amazing biology finds from organisms large and small

    From giant African elephants to tiny tardigrades, scientists discovered some surprising biology this year.

  9. Jupiter
    Planetary Science

    Here’s what you might have missed in space this year

    Missions to Jupiter and Saturn made big headlines, and 2017 also saw exciting updates from missions of years past.

  10. Swedish grave excavation

    These 2017 discoveries could be big news, if they turn out to be true

    Some findings reported in 2017 are potentially big news, if they hold up to additional scientific scrutiny.

  11. prosthetic hand

    50 years ago, artificial limbs weren’t nearly as responsive

    Artificial limbs have come a long way since 1967.

  12. Tech

    50 years ago, NASA whipped up astronaut waste into rocket fuel

    In 1967, scientists found a way to turn human waste into rocket fuel.