Sid Perkins

Sid Perkins is a freelance science writer based in Crossville, Tenn.

All Stories by Sid Perkins

  1. Burmese python
    Ecosystems

    Invasive species are a growing global threat

    'The Aliens Among Us' describes how invasive species are colonizing — and disrupting — ecosystems worldwide.

  2. Down House
    Life

    ‘Darwin’s Backyard’ chronicles naturalist’s homespun experiments

    In the new book Darwin’s Backyard, a biologist explores Charles Darwin’s family life, as well as four decades’ worth of his at-home experiments.

  3. Melting sea ice in Barrow, Alaska
    Climate

    Radical idea could restore ice in the Arctic Ocean

    Windmill-powered pumps on buoys throughout the Arctic Ocean could help bring back shrinking sea ice, researchers say.

  4. Solar Eclipse in 2012
    Astronomy

    Read up on solar eclipses before this year’s big event

    Three new books chronicle the science, history and cultural significance of total solar eclipses.

  5. black widow spider
    Animals

    ‘Cannibalism’ chronicles grisly science of eating your own

    In "Cannibalism", a zoologist explores a grisly topic that scientists have only recently begun to study seriously.

  6. Peacock
    Animals

    ‘Furry Logic’ showcases how animals exploit physics

    "Furry Logic" explores how animals rely on the laws of physics in pursuit of food, sex and survival.

  7. carbon minerals
    Planetary Science

    Rock hounds are on the hunt for new carbon minerals

    The race is on to find about 140 predicted carbon-based minerals in locations around the world. Map included.

  8. Oak tree
    Plants

    ‘The Long, Long Life of Trees’ takes readers on a walk in the woods

    The Long, Long Life of Trees explores the scientific, historical and cultural significance of apple, birch, elm and 14 other kinds of trees.

  9. Cow killer ant
    Animals

    New books deliver double dose of venomous animal facts

    In Venomous and The Sting of the Wild, researchers delve into the world of venomous creatures and the scientists who study them.

  10. fireflies
    Animals

    ‘Silent Sparks’ illuminates fascinating world of fireflies

    In a new book, a firefly researcher explores why scientists and kids alike are captivated by lightning bugs.

  11. Crotalus horridus
    Animals

    ‘America’s Snake’ chronicles life and times of iconic timber rattlesnake

    America’s Snake looks past timber rattlesnake’s fearsome reputation and delves into the fascinating biology of this iconic serpent.

  12. Mount St. Helens Erupting
    Earth

    ‘Eruption’ looks back at devastating Mount St. Helens blast

    In Eruption, a science writer recounts the societal, economic and geologic forces that contributed to the Mount St. Helens disaster.