Susan Gaidos

Contributing Correspondent

Susan Gaidos has been writing about discoveries in areas ranging from biology and neuroscience to physics and technology for more than three decades. Her features, profiles and news stories have appeared in New Scientist, theDallas Morning News, The Scientist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Bulletin, and Science Careers. She also writes articles on science-related topics for children and is a contributor to Science World and Science News for Kids. She has degrees in journalism and biology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and undertook post-graduate studies in biology at Purdue University while working as a university public information officer. She has received gold and silver awards in medicine and science writing from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and received the National Institutes of Health's Plain Language Award in 2009 for contributions to the NIGMS publication Computing Life.

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All Stories by Susan Gaidos

  1. illustration of classroom brain chairs

    Teaching methods go from lab to classroom

    Cognitive researchers are finding ways to help young students to hold on to all the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in school.

  2. better batteries

    Better batteries charge forward

    Next-generation batteries must hold more energy for longer periods at low cost. Several contenders may achieve some of these elusive goals.

  3. a person shooting up
    Health & Medicine

    Vaccines could counter addictive opioids

    Scientists turn to vaccines to curb the growing opioid epidemic.

  4. fat stem cells
    Health & Medicine

    Cells from fat mend bone, cartilage, muscle and even the heart

    Stem cells and other components of fat can be coerced to grow into bone, cartilage, muscle or to repair the heart.

  5. Illustration of stressed man and woman

    His stress is not like her stress

    When the pressure doesn’t let up, men and women react differently. The root of the difference may be messaging within the brain.

  6. cheeseburger

    High-fat diet’s negative effect on memory may fade

    Brain may find way to compensate for memory impairments linked to high-fat diets, study in rats shows.

  7. teens chatting and working on computers

    Multitaskers do worse on tasks that require focus

    Multitasking is more likely to impair teens’ focusing ability than improve it, study testing attention skills finds.

  8. jawbreakers

    Nanoparticles in foods raise safety questions

    As scientists cook up ways to improve palatability and even make foods healthier, some are considering the potential health risks of tiny additives.

  9. Yasser Roudi headshot

    Yasser Roudi: Creating maps in the brain

    Physicist Yasser Roudi does the math on how the brain and other complex systems process information.

  10. Feng Zhang in his laboratory

    Feng Zhang: Editing DNA

    Scientist Feng Zhang has developed a system to easily and precisely edit genomes.

  11. fruit fly

    Mapping aggression circuits in the brain

    Using optogenetics and other techniques, scientists are tracing connections to and from the brain’s aggression command center.

  12. Bacterial healers

    Microbes can redeem themselves to fight disease

    With some genetic engineering, bacteria can morph from bad to good and help attack invading cancer cells.