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. Swedish grave excavation
    Physics

    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.

  2. prosthetic hand
    Tech

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

    Artificial limbs have come a long way since 1967.

  3. 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.

  4. Yemeni women waiting for charity water
    Science & Society

    To combat cholera in Yemen, one scientist goes back to basics

    As the cholera epidemic rages on in war-torn Yemen, basic hygiene is the first line of defense.

  5. Hyalinobatrachium yaku glass frog
    Animals

    This glass frog wears its heart for all to see

    A newly discovered glass frog species has skin so clear that it reveals most of the animal’s internal organs, including the heart.

  6. mouse skeleton x-ray
    Health & Medicine

    Bones make hormones that communicate with the brain and other organs

    Bones send out hormone signals that chat with other parts of the body, studies in mice show. What influence these hormones have in people, though, remain a mystery.

  7. baby light exposure
    Health & Medicine

    In 1967, researchers saw the light in jaundice treatment

    Researchers discovered how to use light to treat babies with jaundice 50 years ago. But questions remain about the technique’s effectiveness in some cases.

  8. Aedes aegypti larvae
    Animals

    50 years ago, U.S. fell short on mosquito eradication

    Researchers boldly predicted mosquitoes’ demise 50 years ago. They never came close.

  9. sperm
    Health & Medicine

    50 years ago, contraception options focused on women

    Women have more birth control choices than they did 50 years ago. The same can’t be said for men.

  10. zebra mussels
    Ecosystems

    Invasive species, climate change threaten Great Lakes

    In The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, a journalist chronicles the lakes’ downward spiral and slow revival.

  11. a tasty salad
    Health & Medicine

    Cold plasma puts the chill on norovirus

    A new device uses cold plasma to kill foodborne pathogens.

  12. Germanium
    Materials Science

    Germanium computer chips gain ground on silicon — again

    Having pushed silicon to its limit, engineers are turning back to germanium.