The Ultimate Sacrifice

Ann Gibbons
PUBLISHED BY: Science Magazine ON May 18, 2012
National Academies Keck Award

Seeking to impress both gods and humans, early state societies across the globe displayed their power by ritually killing human victims

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Where Forests Work Harder

Courtney Humphries
PUBLISHED BY: CITYLAB ON December 19, 2016
American Geophysical Union

A new study shows that trees in the Boston region grow faster and store more carbon as biomass the closer they are to developed areas.

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Storygram: Joshua Sokol’s “Something in the water: life after mercury poisoning”

Joshua Sokol • December 4, 2018
PUBLISHED BY: Mosaic ON September 25, 2017
CASW ClarkPayne

Walking by the side of her house, Rimiko Yoshinaga points at the broad, vine-encrusted tree her grandfather used to climb. During one of the most famous environmental disasters in history, this tree stood over the calm, clear waters of the Shiranui Sea. He would perch up there and call down to say whether the fish were coming, Rimiko says. …

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Inside the Firestorm

Douglas Fox
PUBLISHED BY: High Country News ON April 3, 2017
AAAS Kavli Award

Douglas Fox’s story, which shows how CRISPR—a powerful new gene editing technique—could help prevent the decay of store-bought mushrooms, won the AAAS Kavli award in 2016. Fox is a freelance journalist who writes extensively on earth, Antarctic, and polar sciences. Aircraft […]

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Lowcountry on the Edge

Tony Bartelme
PUBLISHED BY: The Post and Courier ON December 19, 2016
American Geophysical Union

Living on the edge has always been risky. Now our blurry edges are beginning to vanish.

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Storygram: Maria Konnikova’s “Altered Tastes”

Maria Konnikova • October 23, 2018
PUBLISHED BY: The New Republic ON February 15, 2016
The Best American Science and Nature Writing

The light in the room softly brightened and grew warmer, yellower, somehow more embracing. …

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Storygram: Nicola Twilley’s “How the First Gravitational Waves Were Found”

Nicola Twilley • September 11, 2018
PUBLISHED BY: The New Yorker ON February 11, 2016
The Best American Science and Nature Writing

Just over a billion years ago, many millions of galaxies from here, a pair of black holes collided. They had been circling each other for aeons in a sort of mating dance, gathering pace with each orbit, hurtling closer and closer. …

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Never Say Die

Megan Scudellari
PUBLISHED BY: Medium ON May 7, 2014
CASW ClarkPayne

NIR BARZILAI IS 57 YEARS OLD. There are wrinkles at the corners of his eyes, and his hair is turning grey. As the director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, Barzilai is more interested than most of us in the process of getting older. He studies ‘super-agers’, people between the ages of 95 and 112 who have never experienced any of the four most common diseases of aging: heart disease, diabetes, cancer and cognitive decline. …

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Cradle of Life

Lizzie Wade
PUBLISHED BY: Science ON October 28, 2015
American Geophysical Union

Lizzie Wade’s story about the competing scientific theories on the geological history of the Amazon won an award given by the American Geophysical Union in 2016. Wade is a Latin America correspondent, based in Mexico City, for Science. Trudging along the bank of […]

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Storygram: Anna Maria Barry-Jester’s “Surviving Suicide In Wyoming”

Anna Maria Barry-Jester • June 12, 2018
PUBLISHED BY: FiveThirtyEight ON July 13, 2016
National Academies Keck Award

Kenny Michelena is, by just about any measure, a tough guy. He was born and raised on a ranch in rural northwestern Wyoming and remembers that after class in elementary school, the bus driver would drop him off wherever he saw the family tractor, so he could go straight to work in the fields …

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