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. Sarah Reisman headshot
    Chemistry

    Sarah Reisman: Better synthesis of natural compounds

    Chemist Sarah Reisman is trying to find new ways to build complicated chemical compounds found in nature.

  2. Comet Lovejoy
    Science & Society

    Latest science survey is heavy on trivia, light on concepts

    A Pew Research Center survey finds that U.S. adults get a D in science. But the questions asked don’t necessarily test your grasp of science.

  3. man behind counter serving coffee
    Science & Society

    Why enforced ‘service with a smile’ should be banned

    If management wants workers to maintain false cheer, those workers should be trained, supported and compensated for the emotional labor, a new review suggests.

  4. Kim Kardashian
    Science & Society

    A bot, not a Kardashian, probably wrote that e-cig tweet

    Some 80 percent of recent e-cigarette-related tweets were promotional in nature, raising concerns that the positive spin is targeting a young audience.

  5. woman holding knife behind her back
    Science & Society

    A few key signs betray betrayal

    Like many relationships that collapse after betrayal, teasing out what goes wrong and who is at fault in betrayal isn’t so easy.

  6. photo illustration of a crime scene
    Science & Society

    Microbes may be a forensic tool for time of death

    By using an ecological lens to examine dead bodies, scientists are bridging the gap between forensic science and the ecological concept of succession.

  7. Brooklyn bridge
    Science & Society

    Your photos reveal more than where you went on vacation

    By mining public databases of people’s photos, researchers can explore changing landscapes and tourist behavior.

  8. deflated football
    Science & Society

    Deflategate favored foul play over science

    Science didn’t get center stage in the rulings on whether the New England Patriots underinflated footballs during championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

  9. Sifting molecules
    Chemistry

    Quantum chemistry may be a shortcut to life-changing compounds

    Quantum chemistry could launch a manufacturing revolution, helping to identify materials for improved solar cells, better batteries or more effective medicines.

  10. dark chocolate
    Science & Society

    Attempt to shame journalists with chocolate study is shameful

    Journalist John Bohannon set out to expose poor media coverage of nutrition studies. In the process, he lied to his own profession and the public.

  11. The dress, and how people interpreted the colors of it
    Science & Society

    The Dress divided the Internet, but it’s really about subtraction

    People really do see different colors in the same photo of a dress, suggesting that our internal models shape color perception far more than has been recognized.

  12. people working around a table
    Science & Society

    Working together doesn’t always work

    Working as a team is a great way to gather information, but innovative solutions come best from small groups or individuals, a new study suggests.