Erika Engelhaupt is a freelance science writer and editor based in Knoxville, Tenn. She began her blog, Gory Details, while she was an editor at Science News. She continues the blog at National Geographic, where she was online science editor and managed the Phenomena science blog network. Her work has also appeared at NPR, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Story Collider podcast, and in other newspapers and magazines.
Erika Engelhaupt's Articles
- Gory DetailsGory Details blogger Erika Engelhaupt left Science News earlier this year. In a farewell post and in honor of Halloween, she reminisces about some of her favorite, and scariest, posts.
- Gory DetailsChildren as young as 2 years old feel joy at another’s misfortune, new research suggests, showing jealousy’s deep roots.
- Gory DetailsA new map shows that Americans’ front door frames are coated in gut-dwelling microbes.
- Gory DetailsDining on invasive fish such as snakehead and lionfish can reduce their numbers, but we can’t entirely eat our way out this problem.
- Gory DetailsDNA analysis finds no Bigfoot, no yeti, two weird bears and one scientist on a quest for the truth.
- Gory Details50,000-year-old fossil poop hints at Neanderthals’ omnivorous, but meat-heavy, diet.
- Gory DetailsTo measure how aggressive a person is, psychologists turn to voodoo dolls and hot sauce.
- Gory DetailsDespite what the Internet says, urine does contain bacteria, a new study finds. And so does your brain, the womb, and pretty much everywhere else.
- Gory DetailsA fuzzy green anemone eating a bird many times its size shows that you can’t take anything for granted when it comes to which animals can eat each other.
- Gory DetailsJust about everyone draws faces with the eyes too high and a low Neandertal forehead, maybe because of the way we perceive the shape of the head.