Sujata Gupta is the social sciences writer for Science News. She was a 2017-18 Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Nature, Discover, NPR, Scientific American, and others. Sujata got her start in journalism at a daily newspaper in Central New York, where she covered education and small town politics. She has also worked as a National Park Ranger, completing stints at parks in Hawaii, California and Maine, and taught English in Nagano, Japan.

All Stories by Sujata Gupta

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    Science & Society

    Lost wallets are more likely to be returned if they hold cash

    Worldwide, return rates of lost wallets goes up as the money inside increases, contradicting the idea that people act in their own self-interest.

  2. border station
    Science & Society

    How the battle against measles varies around the world

    Measles is a global health threat. Snapshots of several countries show how stopping its spread depends on local conditions and beliefs.

  3. Puerto Rico
    Science & Society

    Facebook data show how many people left Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

    Conventional surveys can’t track migration after natural disasters in real time. But Facebook data may provide a crude estimate of those who flee.

  4. black newborn

    Medicaid expansion may help shrink health gaps between black and white babies

    States that expanded Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act shrunk racial disparities between black and white infants, a new study shows.

  5. anxious child

    When anxiety happens as early as preschool, treatments can help

    Researchers are seeking ways to break the link between preschool worries and adult anxiety.

  6. gentrification
    Science & Society

    Immigrants pave the way for the gentrification of black neighborhoods

    A study using U.S. census data shows primarily Asian and Hispanic immigrants may trigger gentrification in U.S. neighborhoods.

  7. a photo of a low-income neighborhood
    Science & Society

    Why some low-income neighborhoods are better than others

    Levels of violence, incarceration and lead exposure in a neighborhood can predict a low-income child’s future earnings and outcome, a study suggests.

  8. a group of students at a memorial in Parkland, Fla.

    What we know and don’t know about how mass trauma affects mental health

    Three people connected to mass shootings have recently killed themselves. Here’s what we know, and don’t, about the lingering effects of mass trauma.

  9. students in a classroom
    Science & Society

    The learning gap between rich and poor students hasn’t changed in decades

    The educational achievement gap between the poorest and richest U.S. students remains as wide as it was almost 50 years ago.

  10. chimpanzees

    Human encroachment threatens chimpanzee culture

    Human activity is affecting chimps’ behavioral repertoire, a new study suggests. Creating chimp cultural heritage sites might save unique behaviors.

  11. teen boy
    Science & Society

    Welfare reforms may have hurt some single moms’ teenage kids

    Welfare reform was meant to help the next generation, but making moms work and capping aid has led to more harm than gain, says a new study.

  12. flooded street in Annapolis

    Tidal floods driven by climate change may hurt small businesses

    Parking data from Annapolis, Md.’s historic downtown shows how tidal flooding, driven by sea rise, can hurt local business.