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Janet Raloff

Senior Editor, Science News For Kids

Senior Editor Janet Raloff has been reporting at Science News for more than three decades on the environment, energy, science policy, agriculture and nutrition. She was among the first to give national visibility to such issues as electromagnetic pulse weaponry and hormone-mimicking pollutants, and was the first anywhere to report on the widespread tainting of streams and groundwater sources with pharmaceuticals. Her writing has won awards from the National Association of Science Writers, International Free Press Association and the Institute of Food Technologists. Over the years, Janet has been an occasional commentator on NPR's "Living on Earth" and her work has appeared in several dozen publications. She is also a founding board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Before joining Science News, Janet was managing editor of Energy Research Reports (outside Boston), a staff writer at Chemistry (an American Chemical Society magazine) and a writer/editor for Chicago's Adler Planetarium. Initially an astronomy major, she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University (with an elective major in physics). She interned with the Office of Cancer Communications (NIH), Argonne National Laboratory, the Oak Ridger in Tennessee and the Rock Hill Evening Herald in North Carolina.

Janet Raloff's Articles

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    Food for Thought

    Using Light to Sense Plants' Health and Diversity

    Laser scanners may help farmers better tailor when and how much to fertilize their crops, with side benefits for the environment.

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    Food for Thought

    Dieting? Don't Give Up Protein

    Dieters will get a weight-loss boost if they make sure both exercise and ample protein are part of their calorie-trimming regimen.

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    Cancer-fighting e-mails

    A new federal service, offered jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Weather Service, will notify individuals, via e-mail, when the sun's cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation is forecast to be unusually high.
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    Food for Thought

    Nonstick Pollution Sticks in People

    A new study reveals high blood concentrations of a potentially toxic component of nonstick products in people near a plant making Teflon.

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    Food for Thought

    Nonstick Pollution Sticks in People

    A new study reveals high blood concentrations of a potentially toxic component of nonstick products in people near a plant making Teflon.

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    Food for Thought

    The Kindest Cuts Are Underwater

    Fruits and veggies stay fresher longer when they're peeled and sliced underwater, not on the countertop.

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    Feds pull approval of poultry antibiotic

    The FDA has announced its intent to ban an antibiotic used by poultry farmers because of concerns that continued use of the drug could make it harder to successfully treat food poisoning in people with products from the same class of antibiotics.