The Dust Detectives

Douglas Fox
PUBLISHED BY: High Country News ON December 22, 2014
American Geophysical Union

Grass on the sand dunes dawdles in a breeze. The air drifting in from the Pacific Ocean is clear and cool on this gray February morning. But Kimberly Prather is not outside inhaling its salty tang. …

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Storygram: Sarah Wild’s “Bones specialists try to prise secrets from the veld bodies”

Sarah Wild • March 20, 2018
PUBLISHED BY: Mail & Guardian ON January 20, 2017
AAAS Kavli Award

If it wasn’t for the smell, no one would know there was a body there. The savannah grass reaches above the waists of passers-by sweating under the Gauteng summer sun. …






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Chasing the Higgs

Dennis Overbye
PUBLISHED BY: The New York Times ON March 5, 2013
National Academies Keck Award

Vivek Sharma missed his daughter. A professor at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Sharma had to spend months at a time away from home, coordinating a team of physicists at the Large Hadron Collider, here just outside Geneva. But on April 15, 2011, Meera Sharma’s 7th birthday, he flew to California for some much-needed family time. “We had a fine birthday, a beautiful day,” he recalled. Then Dr. Sharma was alerted to a blog post. There it was reported that a rival team of physicists had beaten his team to the discovery of the Higgs boson — the long-sought “God particle.” …






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Storygram: Eric Boodman’s “Accidental Therapists”

Eric Boodman • January 23, 2018
PUBLISHED BY: STAT ON March 22, 2017
CASW ClarkPayne

Gale Ridge could tell something was wrong as soon as the man walked into her office at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. He was smartly dressed in a collared shirt and slacks, but his skin didn’t look right: [highlight]It was bright pink, almost purple — and weirdly glassy. …






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Storygram: Andrew Grant’s “At last, Voyager 1 slips into interstellar space”

Andrew Grant • December 12, 2017
PUBLISHED BY: Science News ON September 12, 2013
American Geophysical Union

Humankind has officially extended its reach to the space between the stars.






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WCSJ Video Showcase: Wallpaper

A video montage composed of excerpts from interviews with award winners.






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WCSJ Video Showcase: Opener

A video montage composed of excerpts from interviews with award winners. This was the opening video that was played at the World Conference of Science Journalists.






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Storygram: Jane Qiu’s “Trouble in Tibet”

Jane Qiu • November 7, 2017
PUBLISHED BY: Nature ON January 13, 2016
AAAS Kavli Award

In the northern reaches of the Tibetan Plateau, dozens of yaks graze on grasslands that look like a threadbare carpet. The pasture has been munched down to bare soil in places, and deep cracks run across the snow-dusted landscape. The animals’ owner, a herder named Dodra, emerges from his home wearing a black robe, a cowboy hat and a gentle smile tinged with worry. …






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WCSJ Video Showcase: The Importance of Science

A video montage composed of excerpts from interviews with award winners. In this video we ask winners to share why they believe understanding science is crucial.






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WCSJ Video Showcase: Story Responses

A video montage composed of excerpts from interviews with award winners. In this video we ask winners to share the responses that their stories received.






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