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. Health & Medicine

    Brain tells signs from pantomime

    Different brain areas light up when deaf people use American Sign Language than when they gesture.

  2. Humans

    Finding coolable hot spots for crime

    Some high-risk areas are easier to manage than others, a new model suggests.

  3. Astronomy

    Black hole as a peephole

    The galaxy’s central supermassive black hole could smear light to reveal extra dimensions.

  4. Space

    Bouncing sands explain Mars’ rippled surface

    A new study finds that dunes and ridges can form without much wind on the Red Planet.

  5. Materials Science

    A charge for freezing water at different temperatures

    Experiments use positive and negative forces to control ice formation at temperatures well below the normal freezing point.

  6. Breaking it Down

    Studies of how things fall apart may lead to materials that don’t.

  7. Life

    Carried aloft, tiny creatures avoid parasites, sex

    Dry and blowing in the breeze, rotifers are safe from a deadly fungus — and perhaps from the vulnerabilities presumed to accompany asexual reproduction.

  8. Space

    Mars rover Spirit still running, but only in place

    Six years into its 90-day mission, NASA’s rover becomes a lander

  9. Chemistry

    New material sops up radioactive cesium

    Isotope catcher could safely store waste from power plants.

  10. Earth

    Tsunamis could telegraph their imminent arrival

    Telecommunication cables could give early warnings of giant waves.

  11. Life

    Snail in shining armor

    A deep-sea gastropod’s natural shield may offer ideas for human protection.

  12. Physics

    Just a stone’s throw forms a supersonic jet

    Objects hitting water can move air at the speed of sound.