Chris Samoray

Fall 2015 Science Writing Intern

All Stories by Chris Samoray

  1. hawkmoth
    Plants

    Single gene influences a petunia’s primary pollinator

    Mutations on a single gene determine how much ultraviolet light a petunia flower absorbs, and in turn, which animal pollinates the flower.

  2. blackpoll warbler
    Animals

    Some warblers make their long winter migration even longer

    Blackpoll warblers in western North America head east to fatten up before their transoceanic migration.

  3. illustration of  dinosauromorphs
    Paleontology

    New dating of dino ancestor challenges Triassic timeline

    New dates for geologic layers of well-known fossil formation show that dinosaurs and their ancient relatives were separated by less time than researchers thought.

  4. rice fields
    Earth

    Humankind’s water use greater than thought

    Humans’ global water footprint increases when accounting for water losses from water management practices.

  5. E. coli K12 bacterium
    Microbes

    Gut microbes signal when dinner is done

    Helpful E. coli bacteria that live in the guts of animals produce proteins that can decrease an animal’s appetite only 20 minutes after receiving nutrients

  6. trees in the Amazon
    Life

    Many Amazon trees endangered

    Large numbers of Amazon tree species are threatened by deforestation.

  7. illustration of the larynx
    Health & Medicine

    Engineered vocal cords show promise in animal tests

    Lab-grown vocal cord tissue could lead the way to better treatments for people with vocal problems

  8. gourds
    Plants

    Ancient gardeners saved the gourd

    Domestication might have helped early vine plants like pumpkin survive after seed-dispersing megafauna went extinct.

  9. gourds
    Plants

    Ancient gardeners saved the gourd

    Domestication might have helped early vine plants like pumpkin survive after seed-dispersing megafauna went extinct.

  10. lab mouse
    Health & Medicine

    Chilly cages may skew disease studies in lab mice

    Mice studies on diet and human disease might be marred by stress of cold temperatures in their cages.

  11. supernova explosion illustration
    Astronomy

    Early stars found swirling in the Milky Way center

    Ancient stars with low iron abundance surround the Milky Way’s center.

  12. Climate

    Kangaroo farts may not be so eco-friendly after all

    Kangaroos fart methane, but not much thanks to the metabolism of gut microbes