Rachel Ehrenberg

Previously the interdisciplinary sciences and chemistry reporter and author of the Culture Beaker blog, Rachel has written about new explosives, the perils and promise of 3-D printing and how to detect corruption in networks of email correspondence. Rachel was a 2013-2014 Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT. She has degrees in botany and political science from the University of Vermont and a master’s in evolutionary biology from the University of Michigan. She graduated from the science writing program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

All Stories by Rachel Ehrenberg

  1. Greek amphitheater in Epidaurus
    Archaeology

    Pin-drop test pops Greek amphitheater’s acoustic claims

    Analysis of an ancient Greek amphitheater’s ability to carry sounds reveals overblown tour guide claims.

  2. kelp bed
    Plants

    How to eavesdrop on kelp

    Sounds reverberating through a kelp bed can be linked to environmental factors, suggesting a low-key way to monitor undersea communities.

  3. pecan pie
    Anthropology

    The southern drawl gets deconstructed

    Analysis of the diversity of vowel sounds found in southern accents could help developers of speech recognition software.

  4. Plasmodium falciparum
    Genetics

    Hybrid protein offers malaria protection

    Rare hybrid protein that spans red blood cell membranes offers some protection against malaria.

  5. pro-science protest
    Science & Society

    March for Science will take scientists’ activism to a new level

    The March for Science may be the first of its kind, science historians say.

  6. new dino evolutionary tree
    Paleontology

    Anatomy analysis suggests new dinosaur family tree

    A new analysis rewrites the dinosaur family tree, splitting up long-recognized groups.

  7. photo of police car
    Science & Society

    Data-driven crime prediction fails to erase human bias

    Software programs that predict where crimes will occur don’t eliminate bias; they exacerbate it.

  8. cyberattack
    Science & Society

    Choosing the right cyberattack response is a complicated game

    Public shaming or retaliation aren’t necessarily the best strategies in the world of cyber warfare, an analysis reveals

  9. fluorescing dna
    Life

    New imaging technique catches DNA ‘blinking’ on

    Dye-free imaging technique zooms in below 10-nanometer threshold, allowing new cellular views.

  10. Pichia fungus
    Health & Medicine

    Common fungus may raise asthma risk

    The presence of a fungus in the infant gut can signal development of asthma by age 5.

  11. horse evolution
    Life

    Horses buck evolutionary ideas

    Horse evolution doesn’t fit classic scenario of trait evolution.

  12. EPA Building
    Science & Society

    Trump administration clampdowns on research agencies worry scientists

    Mixture of bans on federal research communications create confusion and fear.