Kyle Plantz is the editorial assistant at Science News. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with minors in history and political science from Boston University. Before joining Science News, Kyle was a political reporter for NH Journal where he covered State House news and the 2016 presidential election in New Hampshire. He has written for The Hill, IJ Review, The Boston Globe, and The Daily Free Press. He also has experience covering climate change and the environment for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

All Stories by Kyle Plantz

  1. solar satellite
    Astronomy

    50 years ago, scientists wanted to build solar panels on the moon

    In 1969, scientists proposed building solar panels on the moon to convert the sun’s energy into electricity that can be used on Earth.

  2. earthquake damaged house
    Earth

    50 years ago, scientists tried to control earthquakes with earthquakes

    In the 1960s, researchers proposed preventing a big earthquake by creating smaller ones. That hasn’t quite worked out.

  3. sexual harassment protest
    Science & Society

    The #MeToo movement shook up workplace policies in science

    In the #MeToo era, the scientific community is confronting its own sexual harassment problems and looking to research for solutions.

  4. heavy rainstorm
    Climate

    Half the world’s annual rain falls in just 12 days

    Climate change could shorten the time it takes for the world to receive half its annual precipitation from 12 days to 11 by 2100.

  5. people playing a science board game
    Particle Physics

    Why a chemistry teacher started a science board game company

    Subatomic is the latest game from John Coveyou, whose company Genius Games wants people to find the joy in science.

  6. screwworm fly
    Agriculture

    50 years ago, screwworm flies inspired a new approach to insect control

    The United States has wiped out screwworm flies repeatedly since 1966 using the sterile male eradication technique.

  7. hurricane eye
    Earth

    In 1968, scientists tried taming hurricanes

    For over 20 years, the U.S. government tried to subdue hurricanes through cloud seeding, with mixed results.

  8. pool
    Health & Medicine

    The CDC advises: Don’t swallow the water in a hotel swimming pool

    In a 15-year period, hotel swimming pools and water parks had the highest number of swimming-related disease outbreaks in the United States.

  9. scientist
    Science & Society

    Closing the gender gap in some science fields may take over 100 years

    In some STEM fields, the gender gap won’t disappear for decades or even centuries, a new study suggests.

  10. Sumatra earthquake
    Science & Society

    How past disasters can help us prepare for the future

    In The Big Ones, seismologist Lucy Jones examines the science behind some of the most catastrophic natural disasters in human history.

  11. Suez shipping canal
    Ecosystems

    50 years ago, invasive species traveled the Suez Canal

    Hundreds of Red Sea species used the Suez Canal to migrate to the Mediterranean Sea, leading to the decline of some native species.

  12. solar eclipse 2017
    Science & Society

    How science and society crossed paths in 2017

    In 2017, Science News covered the science events that everyone was talking about.