Jack J. Lee

Jack J. Lee

Science Writing Intern, Summer 2020

Jack J. Lee was the Summer 2020 science writing intern at Science News. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Caltech and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Princeton University. He recently completed a master’s program in science communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has been published in Eos, the Monterey Herald and The Mercury News.

All Stories by Jack J. Lee

  1. a photo of a hot spring
    Life

    Life on Earth may have begun in hostile hot springs

    What researchers learn at hot springs and seafloor vents may guide the search for life on icy moons and Mars.

  2. astronaut on moon
    Space

    How do you clean up clingy space dust? Zap it with an electron beam

    An electron beam is the newest addition to a suite of technologies for cleaning sticky and damaging lunar dust off surfaces.

  3. A finger pointing at the screen of a black and blue medical device
    Health & Medicine

    New coronavirus tests promise to be faster, cheaper and easier

    Researchers are developing a smorgasbord of tests to detect RNA and proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19.

  4. people staying cool during heat wave
    Climate

    Hurricanes have names. Some climate experts say heat waves should, too

    A newly formed international alliance aims to raise awareness about extreme temperatures and protect vulnerable populations.

  5. illustration of sperm
    Health & Medicine

    Human sperm don’t swim the way that anyone had thought

    High-speed 3-D microscopy and mathematical analyses reveal that rolling and lopsided tail flicks keep the cells swimming in a straight line.

  6. yellow-rumped leaf-eared mouse
    Animals

    A South American mouse is the world’s highest-dwelling mammal

    At 6,739 meters above sea level, the yellow-rumped leaf-eared mouse survives low oxygen and freezing conditions atop a dormant volcano.

  7. Coronavirus-infected cell with filopodia
    Health & Medicine

    Coronavirus-infected cells sprout filaments that may spread the virus

    Like other coronaviruses, the virus behind COVID-19 causes infected cells to grow spindly projections that may act as highways to other cells.

  8. mitochondria in cells
    Genetics

    A bacterial toxin enables the first mitochondrial gene editor

    Researchers have engineered a protein from bacteria that kills other microbes to change DNA in a previously inaccessible part of the cell.

  9. white-throated sparrow sitting on a branch
    Animals

    A sparrow song remix took over North America with astonishing speed

    A variation on the white-throated sparrow’s song spread 3,300 kilometers in just a few decades.

  10. bottlenose dolphin carrying a shell
    Animals

    Dolphins can learn from peers how to use shells as tools

    While most foraging skills are picked up from mom, some bottlenose dolphins seem to look to their peers to learn how to trap prey in shells.

  11. soft-shelled dinosaur egg fossil
    Paleontology

    Fossil discoveries suggest the earliest dinosaurs laid soft-shelled eggs

    Finding soft-shelled dinosaur eggs in the fossil record for the first time has scientists rethinking how dinosaur eggs evolved.

  12. Pan de Azúcar National Park
    Ecosystems

    A newly found Atacama Desert soil community survives on sips of fog

    Lichens and other fungi and algae unite to form “grit-crust” on the dry soil of Chile’s Atacama Desert and survive on moisture from coastal fog.