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

    It’s the meat not the miles

    Eating less red meat and dairy may do more to reduce food-associated greenhouse gas emissions than shopping locally.

  2. Ecosystems

    Eight-legged bags of poison

    Birds eating arachnids get high dose of toxic metal as mercury climbs up the food chain.

  3. Agriculture

    Study decodes papaya genome

    Scientists have added another plant to the genome-sequencing roster: the tropical fruit tree papaya.

  4. Animals

    Antibiotic Alligator: Promising proteins lurk in reptile blood

    Scientists are zeroing in on alligator blood proteins that show promise for fighting disease-causing microbes.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Traveling Toxin: Botox may hitch a ride on nerve cells

    New evidence suggests that Botox migrates from the injection site, perhaps traveling along nerve cells.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Microbes weigh in on obesity

    The kinds of microbes living in an infant's gut may influence weight gain later in childhood.

  7. Planetary Science

    Gassy Geysers: Cassini surveys Saturn’s moon

    NASA's Cassini spacecraft had a close encounter with the giant vapor plume gushing from Saturn's tiny moon Enceladus.

  8. Humans

    What’s Cookin’

    Science and cooking have gotten intimate, resulting in a new understanding of how molecules are transformed into food and how food is transformed by the body.

  9. Plants

    Floral Shocker: Blooms shake roots of flowering-plant family

    A tiny aquatic plant, once thought to be related to grasses, raises new questions about the evolution of the earliest flowering plants.

  10. Animals

    Moths’ memories

    Sphinx moths appear to remember experiences they had as caterpillars, suggesting some brain cells remain intact through metamorphosis.

  11. Humans

    Tomorrow’s Stars: Intel Science Talent Search honors high achievers

    The Intel Science Talent Search announced its winners at a gala dinner honoring the competition's 40 finalists.

  12. Plants

    Promiscuous orchids

    When pollinators aren't loyal to a single species of orchid, the plants maintain their species integrity by stymieing reproduction.