Elizabeth Eaton

Science Writing Intern, Spring 2017

Elizabeth S. Eaton is a former Science News intern and a freelance science writer.

All Stories by Elizabeth Eaton

  1. Bdellovibrio bacteria
    Health & Medicine

    Live antibiotics use bacteria to kill bacteria

    Certain bacteria will destroy other bacteria without harming humans. They may be an answer to antibiotic-resistant infections.

  2. Common murres

    Seabirds use preening to decide how to divvy up parenting duties

    Seabirds in poor condition may communicate this information to their partner by delaying or withholding preening.

  3. mouse brain

    Nerve cell miswiring linked to depression

    A gene helps nerve cell axons extend to parts of the brain to deliver serotonin, a brain chemical associated with depression.

  4. macrophages and heart cells

    Immune cells play surprising role in steady heartbeat

    Immune system cells called macrophages help heart cells rhythmically contract, maintaining the beat of mice’s hearts.

  5. Teleocrater rhadinus

    Early dinosaur relative sported odd mix of bird, crocodile-like traits

    Teleocrater rhadinus gives researchers a better picture of what early dinosaur relatives looked like.

  6. Hawk moth

    Hawk moths convert nectar into antioxidants

    Hawk moths use their sugary diet to make antioxidants that protect their muscles.

  7. worm-snail

    New worm-snail is a super slimer

    New worm-snail species shoots snot to snag a snack.

  8. reovirus
    Health & Medicine

    Common virus may be celiac disease culprit

    A common virus may turn the immune system against gluten, leading to the development of celiac disease.

  9. Daspletosaurus horneri tyrannosaur

    New tyrannosaur had a sensitive side

    Tyrannosaurs may have had sensitive snouts that detected temperature and touch.

  10. bug spray, repellent bracelet and a citronella candle
    Health & Medicine

    Spray-on mosquito repellents are more effective than other devices

    To avoid mosquito bites, stick with spray-on repellents and skip the bracelets and citronella candles, a new study says.

  11. spraying DDT
    Health & Medicine

    Dengue fever spreads in a neighborly way

    Individual strains of dengue spread locally, and new infections cluster near the home of the first person affected.

  12. image of nine mouse placentas

    Colorful pinwheel puts a new spin on mouse pregnancy

    Among the winners of the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards is a rainbow of mouse placentas that shows how a mother’s immune system affects placental development.