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. King snake
    Ecosystems

    A king snake’s strength is in its squeeze

    King snakes feast on other, larger snakes, perhaps thanks to superior constricting abilities, new research suggests.

  2. Geckolepis megalepis before and after shedding scales
    Animals

    Detachable scales turn this gecko into an escape artist

    A new species of gecko evades predators by shedding its scaly armor.

  3. transgenic corn infected with fungus
    Genetics

    How to grow toxin-free corn

    Corn genetically altered to produce specialized molecules may prevent a fungus from tainting it with carcinogenic toxins.

  4. illustration of a pollinator drone in action
    Agriculture

    Fleets of drones could pollinate future crops

    Chemist Eijiro Miyako turned a lab failure into a way to rethink artificial pollination.

  5. illustration of Tully monster
    Paleontology

    Identity of ‘Tully monster’ still a mystery

    Paleontologists challenge whether the Tully monster actually was a vertebrate because it lacks key vertebrate structures.

  6. wolbachia bacteria
    Life

    Bacteria genes offer new strategy for sterilizing mosquitoes

    Two genes in Wolbachia bacteria could be used to sterilize mosquitoes that transmit Zika.

  7. A stinkbug on a grape
    Animals

    Too many stinkbugs spoil the wine

    Stinkbugs can ruin wine if enough are accidentally processed alive with the grapes. Three or fewer stinkbugs per grape cluster don’t have a noticeable effect on red wine.

  8. Ceres
    Planetary Science

    Ceres harbors homegrown organic compounds

    NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has detected organic matter — the building blocks of life — on the dwarf planet Ceres, a new study suggests.

  9. Dinocephalosaurus
    Paleontology

    Fossil shows that ancient reptile gave live birth

    A new fossil shows that a prehistoric reptile may have given birth to live young, unlike its egg-laying descendants, birds and crocodiles.

  10. African penguins
    Animals

    Young penguins follow false food cues

    Juvenile African penguins are being trapped in barren habitats, led astray by biological cues that are no longer reliable because of human activity.

  11. cone and jumping snails
    Oceans

    Cone snails wander in circles, lose focus with boosted CO2

    Deadly cone snails wander in circles and become less capable hunters when exposed to higher levels of carbon dioxide in seawater.

  12. cone and jumping snails
    Oceans

    Cone snails wander in circles, lose focus with boosted CO2

    Deadly cone snails wander in circles and become less capable hunters when exposed to higher levels of carbon dioxide in seawater.