Sofie Bates

Science Writing Intern, Fall 2019

Sofie Bates is the Fall 2019 science writing intern at Science News. She holds a degree in genetics from the University of California, Davis, as well as a master’s in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her writing has appeared in Science, Mongabay, Inside Science, and The Mercury News. As a science videographer, she has filmed and edited videos for Inside Science and The Mercury News.

All Stories by Sofie Bates

  1. baking smells

    People who lack olfactory bulbs shouldn’t be able to smell. But some women can

    Some women who appear to lack the brain structures that relay scent messages still have an average sense of smell, and scientists have no idea how.

  2. SunBOT

    The first artificial material that follows sunlight may upgrade solar panels

    Rows of tiny stemlike rods called SunBOTs orient themselves toward light, optimizing the solar energy that they can harvest.

  3. scandium molecule diagram

    Molecular jiggling may explain why some solids shrink when heated

    Scientists may have figured out how scandium fluoride crystals shrink as temperature rises, possibly leading to new insights into superconductors.

  4. Climate

    A new estimate triples the number of people in the path of rising seas

    Sea level rise could flood coastal areas now home to 340 million to 480 million people by 2100, with Asia most affected, a study finds.

  5. aye-aye

    Aye-ayes just got weirder with the discovery of a tiny, sixth ‘finger’

    Aye-ayes have a sixth “finger,” or pseudothumb, that may compensate for other, overspecialized fingers by helping the lemurs grip things.

  6. white bellbird

    White bellbirds have the loudest known mating call of any bird

    White bellbirds have the loudest mating call, according to scientists who compared the songs of bellbirds and screaming pihas in the Brazilian Amazon.

  7. Health & Medicine

    These tiny aquatic animals secrete a compound that may help fight snail fever

    A newly identified molecule from rotifers paralyzes the larvae of worms that cause schistosomiasis, which affects over 200 million people worldwide.

  8. cancer cells illustration
    Health & Medicine

    A precision drug for prostate cancer may slow the disease’s spread

    The drug olaparib could be used to treat men with certain genetic mutations and severe types of prostate cancer, a clinical trial finds.

  9. humpback whale bubble net

    Humpback whales use their flippers and bubble ‘nets’ to catch fish

    A study reveals new details of how humpback whales hunt using their flippers and a whirl of bubbles to capture fish.

  10. Saturn's moons

    With 20 new moons, Saturn now has the most of any solar system planet

    The discovery brings Saturn’s moon tally to 82. The previous record-holder, Jupiter, has 79.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Rare eastern equine encephalitis has killed 9 people in the U.S. in 2019

    2019 is the worst eastern equine encephalitis outbreak since tracking began in 2003, with 31 cases and nine deaths from the brain infection so far.

  12. Hurricane Lorenzo satellite image

    Hurricane Lorenzo hit Category 5 farther east than any other storm

    Lorenzo reached category 5 status on September 28, making it the northern-most and eastern-most category 5 hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic.