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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.

Erika Engelhaupt's Articles

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    Cannibalistic mantis invades New Zealand, eats natives

    Native male New Zealand mantises try to mate with females of an invasive species, only to find out the hard way that those females eat their mates.

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    Almost-lifelike hands perceived as creepy

    Devices have to be very realistic to the escape uncanny valley of eeriness.

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    Why death smells so deadly

    Pinning down animals' odor detectors gives researchers a way to study aversion or attraction to certain objects. And understanding how these behavioral responses work will help researchers clarify why humans feel disgust.

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    Uninhabitable Earth

    A recent estimate of the lifetimes of the habitability zones of Earth and various exoplanets suggests Earth could become unable to support life as soon as 1.75 billion years from now, when the sun brightens before dying out.
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    Getting to know the real living dead

    A look at the bacteria inside bloated cadavers finds the dead are teeming with life.

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    Maybe mean girls' mental games have a purpose

    Science is just beginning to tap the wellspring of female competition.

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    The reason to avoid poop coffee isn’t what you think

    Beans from civet feces have become so popular that abuse and fraud are common.

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    Neandertals ate stomach goop, and you can too

    Eating partially digested stomach contents, or chyme, has long been a nutritional boost.

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    Hiding up your nose is a clever strategy for ticks

    Found hiding in the noses of Ugandan chimps, a new tick species hitchhiked its way to America in a researcher's nose.

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