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. Earth

    The big spill: Flood could have filled Mediterranean in less than two years

    Discovery of a distinctive channel and new calculations of possible water movement suggest a fast and furious flow formed the sea.

  2. Space

    Black hole may construct its own galactic home

    Observations of a ‘homeless’ quasar suggest new ideas for galaxy formation.

  3. Humans

    Loneliness is contagious, study suggests

    An analysis of social networks finds that people who feel isolated may spread mistrust among others.

  4. Space

    Sun may not be a ‘Goldilocks’ star

    The stars that are just right to support life-bearing planets might be dimmer and longer-lived than the sun.

  5. Physics

    New device can use noise to store one bit

    Data storage system employs a resonance effect to do work.

  6. Unsticking Spirit

    Efforts to extract the Mars rover from a sandpit will start November 16, but success is uncertain.

  7. Space

    Giant galaxy graveyard grows

    The largest known galactic congregation is bigger than astronomers thought—and its inhabitants are all dead or dying.

  8. Space

    Volcanic and ferric surprises on Mercury

    Volcanic activity is more recent than expected, MESSENGER shows on its third flyby of the planet. Also, surface iron occurs as oxides.

  9. Space

    New way to help avoid a space shuttle disaster

    A new technique to make shuttle launches safer combines tricks from particle colliders, moon landings and vulture tracking.

  10. Life

    Three dino types may be just three dino ages

    Study suggests three dinos placed in separate taxa are actually from one group at different growth stages

  11. Life

    Estrogen helps ward off belly fat

    Hormone is one reason that men and women carry weight differently

  12. Anthropology

    Droughts gave early humans survival skills for later travels

    Droughts were actually good times for early humans, helping to develop skills for survival in other parts of the world, Lisa Grossman reports in a blog from the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing's New Horizons in Science meeting.