Sid Perkins is a freelance science writer based in Crossville, Tenn.
Sid Perkins' Articles
- Reviews & PreviewsEntomologist Scott Richard Shaw explores the evolution of insects and how they came to rule the world.
- Reviews & PreviewsIchnologist Anthony J. Martin explains his research piecing together dinosaurs’ lives from footprints and other traces.
- Reviews & PreviewsAcoustic engineer Trevor Cox provides an international tour of aural amazements.
- Society NewsAn innovative statistical analysis of cancer-promoting genes earned a 15-year-old the top prize — and $75,000 — at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2014.
- Reviews & PreviewsAnatomical displays sit alongside art depicting medical history at the International Museum of Surgical Science.
- Science VisualizedA river’s erosion downward and across a landscape is based on a variety of factors, including terrain steepness and the arrangement of tributaries.
- Reviews & PreviewsScott Weems, a neuroscientist, takes readers on a wide-ranging tour that explains what humor is and why readers should care.
- Society NewsA teenager’s computer analyses that identified six potential new flu-fighting compounds claimed first place at the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search.
- Society NewsThe 40 young scientists will visit Washington, D.C., March 6–12 to tour the White House and other national landmarks, present their research to judges and the public in a poster session at the headquarters of the National Geographic Society and attend a black-tie awards gala at the National Building Museum.
- Reviews & PreviewsWhile most people think they’re good at spotting liars, the truth may come as a surprise. The vast majority can detect a lie only 54 percent of the time (barely better than flipping a coin). A tiny percentage, maybe one in 1,000 people, can discern a lie more than 80 percent of the time. These “truth wizards” are exceptionally keen at reading a person’s facial expressions and body language, among other clues.Hertenstein, a psychologist, chronicles research into what such nonverbal cues can reveal about a person.