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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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    Gory Details

    Introducing the first bank of feces

    A new nonprofit called OpenBiome is hoping to do for fecal transplants what blood banks have done for transfusions. It’s a kind of Brown Cross.

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    Some animals eat their moms, and other cannibalism facts

    A new book surveys those who eat their own kind, revealing some surprises about who’s eating whom.

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    In a nuclear attack, there’s no avoiding the brutal math

    Knowing a few key numbers could help save your life if a nuclear bomb drops.

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    Animals were the original twerkers

    From black widow spiders to birds and bees, shaking that booty goes way back.

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    The most (and least) realistic movie psychopaths ever

    A forensic psychologist spent three years watching 400 movies to trace portrayals of psychopaths.

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    New Yorkers should relax about new roach species

    Japanese roaches may be able to survive in the cold, but the added competition and their decreased allergic potential may mean the roaches’ arrival isn’t all bad.

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    A gory 12 days of Christmas

    Insects and spiders are among the biggest gift-givers, often as part of mating, and anything from cyanide to a wad of saliva can be a present.

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  • Reviews & Previews

    Higgs boson tale wins book prize

    The story of the decades-long hunt for the Higgs boson has won Britain’s 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize, which includes a £25,000 award for the best science book written for a general audience. Sean Carroll’s The Particle at the End of the Universe (SN: 12/15/12, p. 30) delves into the theory that suggested the particle’s existence, then describes the exhilarating final moments of discovery and what the Higgs may mean for future generations of scientists.