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. solar eclipse
    Astronomy

    Einstein’s light-bending by single far-off star detected

    A measurement so precise Einstein thought it couldn't be done has demonstrated his most famous theory on a star outside the solar system for the first time.

  2. Enzymes Exposed

    In some ways, cells are a lot like cities. Maps of a cell’s innards depict thoroughfares linking factories that build large molecules to post offices where those molecules are packaged up and shipped out, for example. The cell’s denizens — proteins and other molecules — shuttle around busy cellular byways like people on the street, […]

  3. Health & Medicine

    Taste of power goes to the head, then muscles

    Just a swish of the carbohydrates in an energy drink can increase muscle performance, a study suggests.

  4. Physics

    Making clouds with lasers

    Inspired by a classic particle physics experiment, researchers get water droplets to condense by shooting a light beam skyward.

  5. Physics

    Reverse engineering a quantum compass

    Physicists propose a method that could explain how birds’ magnetic-sensing organs work.

  6. 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.

  7. Space

    Life in the sticky lane

    Tropical asphalt lake could be analog for extraterrestrial microbial habitat.

  8. 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.

  9. Space

    Backward planets may have flipped into place

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

  10. Life

    Fruit flies turn on autopilot

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

  11. Health & Medicine

    Languages use different parts of brain

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

  12. 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.