Rachel Ehrenberg covers interdisciplinary sciences and chemistry for Science News, so basically she gets to write about everything. A native of Vermont, Rachel double majored in botany and political science at her home state's school before heading to a graduate program in evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan. Perpetually distracted by science outside her chosen field, Rachel left Michigan with a master's degree to attend the science writing program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has written for newspapers, radio and done several in-the-field reporting fellowships. A Science News feature on whale strandings and sonar won Rachel the 2009 Science Writing Award for Journalists from the Acoustical Society of America. Rachel is on leave for the 2013-2014 academic year while she completes a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT.
Rachel Ehrenberg's Articles
- NewsBody odor changes detectably with age, becoming mellower in men and not at all offensive in either sex — even to young people.
- NewsCommunicating information about the environment allows a stumbling machine to rejoin its group.
- NewsFaster, smaller and more efficient, processors with that cut corners can still be good for some applications.
- Culture Beaker
- NewsFor the first time, a brain-computer interface is powerful enough to enable useful movement in human patients.
- NewsIn lab tests on rat retinas, a photovoltaic chip helps display images through special goggles.
- NewsCriminologists argue that city safety rankings should consider underreporting and other sources of error in compiling statistics.
- Culture Beaker
- NewsA newly described species of blue-green algae builds hard structures inside its cells.
- NewsScientists have created six XNAs that, like the genetic building blocks they mimic, can store and pass on hereditary information.