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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. a tasty salad
    Health & Medicine

    Cold plasma puts the chill on norovirus

    A new device uses cold plasma to kill foodborne pathogens.

  5. Germanium
    Materials Science

    Germanium computer chips gain ground on silicon — again

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

  6. stained image of fish head
    Animals

    Dragonfish opens wide with flex neck joint

    New study reveals anatomical secrets of mysterious deep ocean fish.

  7. illustration of a hyolith
    Paleontology

    Ancient oddball invertebrate finds its place on the tree of life

    Ancient marine invertebrates called hyoliths may be more closely related to modern horseshoe worms than mollusks, a fossil analysis finds.

  8. illustration of Planet 9
    Astronomy

    These 2016 stories could be really big — if they’re true

    These findings would have rocked the scientific world, if only the evidence were more convincing.

  9. rattlesnake
    Animals

    Tales of creatures large and small made news this year

    Scientists filled in the details of some famous evolutionary tales in 2016 — and discovered a few surprises about creatures large and small.

  10. Flint, Mich., water tower
    Health & Medicine

    The Flint water crisis and other public health woes from 2016

    Drug use continued to threaten the health and safety of the American public in 2016, while a hidden menace in drinking water remained a worry in Michigan.

  11. tiger tail seahorse
    Animals

    Genome clues help explain the strange life of seahorses

    Researchers have decoded the genetic instruction manual of a seahorse (Hippocampus comes) and found clues to its nearly 104-million-year evolutionary history.

  12. Brazilian free-tailed bats
    Animals

    Brazilian free-tailed bats are the fastest fliers

    Ultrafast flying by one bat species leaves birds in the dust.