Laurel Hamers

Laurel Hamers was the general assignment reporter at Science News.

All Stories by Laurel Hamers

  1. Vaccinating children
    Health & Medicine

    50 years later, vaccines have eliminated some diseases

    Vaccines have come a long way in 50 years.

  2. Endoplasmic reticulum
    Life

    Scientists need to redraw picture of cell’s biggest organelle

    A close-up view of the cell’s endoplasmic reticulum reveals a different structure.

  3. interferon in B cells
    Life

    Virus triggers immune proteins to aid enemy

    Virus-fighting proteins in the immune system can sometimes help out their targets instead.

  4. illustration of a network
    Genetics

    Big biological datasets map life’s networks

    Expanding from genomics to multi-omics means stretching data capacity, but it may lead to a future of early diagnosis, personalized medicine and hardy crops.

  5. Cascades Butterfly Project
    Ecosystems

    ‘Citizen Scientist’ exalts ordinary heroes in conservation science

    Journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal’s “Citizen Scientist” tells tales of ordinary people contributing to science.

  6. london underground map
    Computing

    AI system learns like a human, stores info like a computer

    A new artificial neural network hooked up to extra memory can learn to solve complex problems.

  7. london underground map
    Computing

    AI system learns like a human, stores info like a computer

    A new artificial neural network hooked up to extra memory can learn to solve complex problems.

  8. unicellular organism
    Life

    One-celled life possessed tools for going multicellular

    Unicellular ancestors of animals had molecular tools used by multicellular life.

  9. infant
    Neuroscience

    Nerve cell migration after birth may explain infant brain’s flexibility

    A large group of neurons migrates into babies’ frontal lobes after birth.

  10. Yoshinori Ohsumi
    Health & Medicine

    Deciphering cell’s recycling machinery earns Nobel

    The 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his work on autophagy, a process that cells use to break down old parts for future use.

  11. 2016 nobel prize in physiology or medicine
    Health & Medicine

    Japanese scientist wins Nobel for revealing secrets of cellular recycling

    Discovering how cells act as mini recycling plants wins the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for Japanese cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi.

  12. heather
    Plants

    Narrowed plumbing lets flower survive summer cold snaps

    Ice barriers help alpine plants save their flowers during summer cold snaps.