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Erika Engelhaupt

Deputy Managing Editor, Departments, Gory Details blogger

Erika Engelhaupt edits the department sections of Science News, including Reviews and Previews, Notebook and the People section, and she writes the Gory Details blog. She is a former writer and senior associate editor for the news section of Environmental Science & Technology, where she covered climate change and other environmental issues. Previously she was an AAAS Mass Media fellow at the Philadelphia Inquirer and interned on the science desk at National Public Radio and at Boulder's Daily Camera newspaper. She has bachelor's and M.S. degrees in ecology and evolutionary biology from Tulane University and an M.S. in environmental studies with focus areas in journalism and biogeochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before becoming a journalist, she studied environmental processes in ecosystems ranging from Louisiana wetlands to Alaskan forests and published actively in the scientific peer-reviewed literature.

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    If you really hate a species, try eating it

    Dining on invasive fish such as snakehead and lionfish can reduce their numbers, but we can’t entirely eat our way out this problem.

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    Finally, some solid science on Bigfoot

    DNA analysis finds no Bigfoot, no yeti, two weird bears and one scientist on a quest for the truth.

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    Neanderthals reveal their diet with oldest excrement

    50,000-year-old fossil poop hints at Neanderthals’ omnivorous, but meat-heavy, diet.

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    Why stabbing a voodoo doll is so satisfying

    To measure how aggressive a person is, psychologists turn to voodoo dolls and hot sauce.

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    Urine is not sterile, and neither is the rest of you

    Despite what the Internet says, urine does contain bacteria, a new study finds. And so does your brain, the womb, and pretty much everywhere else.

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    Anemone eats bird, and other surprising animal meals

    A 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.

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    Why every face you draw looks a little Neandertal

    Just 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.

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    Leonardo da Vinci may have invented 3-D image with ‘Mona Lisa’

    A mysterious copy of the ‘Mona Lisa’ combines with the Louvre painting to make a stereoscopic image of the woman with the enigmatic smile.

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    Could the menstrual cycle have shaped the evolution of music?

    A new study suggesting that women select better musicians shows how women’s role in evolution is being redefined.

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