Category: Storygram

Storygrams, or “story diagrams,” are professional annotations of great stories to highlight how writers have tackled the challenges of covering science.

Storygram: Ed Yong’s “North Atlantic Right Whales Are Dying in Horrific Ways”

Ed Yong • October 8, 2019
PUBLISHED BY: The Atlantic ON June 27, 2019
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Six individuals—more than 1 percent of the population—were found dead just this month, the latest entries in a troubling pattern.

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Storygram: Antonio Regalado’s “Exclusive: Chinese Scientists Are Creating CRISPR Babies”

Antonio Regalado • June 25, 2019
PUBLISHED BY: MIT Technology Review ON November 25, 2018
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When Chinese researchers first edited the genes of a human embryo in a lab dish in 2015, it sparked global outcry and pleas from scientists not to make a baby using the technology, at least for the present. …

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Storygram: Marilynn Marchione’s “Chinese researcher claims first gene-edited babies”

Marilynn Marchione • June 25, 2019
PUBLISHED BY: Associated Press ON November 26, 2018
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HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life. …

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Storygram: Annie Waldman’s “How Hospitals Are Failing Black Mothers”

Annie Waldman • March 19, 2019
PUBLISHED BY: ProPublica ON December 27, 2017
National Academies Keck Award

A ProPublica analysis shows that women who deliver at hospitals that disproportionately serve black mothers are at a higher risk of harm.

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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
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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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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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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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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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Storygram: Eric Boodman’s “Accidental Therapists”

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