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.
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- Gory DetailsInsects 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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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.
- Gory DetailsNative 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.
- Gory DetailsDevices have to be very realistic to the escape uncanny valley of eeriness.
- Gory DetailsPinning 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.
- Science StatsA 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.
- Gory DetailsA look at the bacteria inside bloated cadavers finds the dead are teeming with life.
- Science VisualizedA close look at a tick’s mouthparts reveals enviable burrowing tools.
- Gory DetailsScience is just beginning to tap the wellspring of female competition.