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 DetailsBoth armpit and ear wax secretions are smellier in Caucasians than in Asians, thanks to a tiny genetic change that differs across ethnic groups.
- Gory DetailsThree researchers are calling for the FDA to regulate feces as a human tissue rather than a drug to make it easier for doctors to perform fecal transplants.
- Gory DetailsThe problem of ‘surplus’ zoo animals reveals a divide on animal contraceptives.
- Gory DetailsA 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.
- Gory DetailsA new book surveys those who eat their own kind, revealing some surprises about who’s eating whom.
- Gory DetailsKnowing a few key numbers could help save your life if a nuclear bomb drops.
- Gory DetailsFrom black widow spiders to birds and bees, shaking that booty goes way back.
- Gory DetailsA forensic psychologist spent three years watching 400 movies to trace portrayals of psychopaths.
- Science VisualizedMalawian and Guahibo gut microbiomes resembled those of herbivorous mammals, while American guts were more similar to carnivores’.
- Gory DetailsJapanese 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.