Lisa Grossman is the astronomy writer for Science News. Previously she was a news editor at New Scientist, where she ran the physical sciences section of the magazine for three years. Before that, she spent three years at New Scientist as a reporter, covering space, physics and astronomy. She has a degree in astronomy from Cornell University and a graduate certificate in science writing from UC Santa Cruz. Lisa was a finalist for the AGU David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism, and received the Institute of Physics/Science and Technology Facilities Council physics writing award and the AAS Solar Physics Division Popular Writing Award. She interned at Science News in 2009-2010.

All Stories by Lisa Grossman

  1. Physics

    Lasing Beyond Light

    Laser physicists have set their sights on new types of waves — manufacturing beams of sound, creating plasma swells and looking for ripples in spacetime.

  2. Space

    Life in the sticky lane

    Tropical asphalt lake could be analog for extraterrestrial microbial habitat.

  3. Space

    Famous Martian meteorite younger than thought

    The famous fragment of Mars, once proposed to hold signs of extraterrestrial life, is still pretty old. But the rock appears to have formed about 400 million years later than earlier analyses indicated.

  4. Space

    Backward planets may have flipped into place

    Reversed orbits among ‘hot Jupiters’ decreases chance of Earthlike neighbors.

  5. Life

    Fruit flies turn on autopilot

    High-speed video reveals the aerodynamics behind the insects’ maneuverability.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Languages use different parts of brain

    Different areas are active depending how the grammar of a sentence conveys meaning.

  7. Life

    Elephant legs bend like ‘big human limb’

    Mechanics suggests the creatures are more limber than thought and use all their legs to come to a four-way stop.

  8. Physics

    Bar codes could be next to check out

    New radio frequency tags would use nanotechnology to identify and track products.

  9. Physics

    How to hide a bump with some logs

    Physicists take a step toward true invisibility with a cloak that makes objects invisible from multiple points of view.

  10. Science & Society

    Intel Science Talent Search spotlights America’s whiz kids

    Top winner of the enduring high school science competition takes 2010 prize for work on a space navigation system.

  11. Chemistry

    Pit vipers’ night vision explained

    A new study finds the protein responsible for snakes’ sense of heat.

  12. Physics

    For quantum computer, add a dash of disorder

    Flawed crystals could help couple light to matter and may compete with more perfectly ordered materials.