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. Earth

    An electronic nose that smells plants’ pain

    Device can detect distress signals from plants that are harmed, under attack.

  2. Life

    Bicoastal Atlantic bluefin tuna

    Mediterranean and western Atlantic bluefin tuna spend more time in mixed groups than previously thought, suggesting management strategies need to be revisited.

  3. Life

    Curtain drops after ants’ final act

    A handful of ants remain outside to close the colony door at sunset and sacrifice their lives in the act.

  4. Earth

    Let’s Get Vertical

  5. Health & Medicine

    Plastics chemical linked to heart disease, diabetes

    Study is based on data collected from human adults and matches urine concentrations of bisphenol A with type 2 diabetes, heart disease and liver enzyme problems

  6. Life

    Female frogs play the field

    A female frog insures a safe home for her young by mating with many males.

  7. Life

    Gene regulation makes the human

    The regulation of genes, rather than genes alone, may have been crucial to primate evolution.

  8. Life

    Pollinator manipulators

    Manipulating floral chemistry of a type of wild tobacco reveals push-and-pull strategy.

  9. Chemistry

    Popular plastics chemical poses further threat

    The chemical bisphenol A may raise the risk of heart attacks and type 2 diabetes by suppressing a protective hormone.

  10. Chemistry

    FBI reveals more details of anthrax investigation

    A panel of scientists involved in the anthrax investigations released new details.

  11. Ecosystems

    Coastal dead zones expanding

    The number of coastal areas known as dead zones is on the rise. A new tally reports more than 400 of the oxygen starved regions worldwide.

  12. Plants

    Bittersweet fruits

    A new study provides strong evidence that fruits harm predators with the same chemicals that, for example, give chili peppers their spice.