Posts Tagged ‘Nature’

Ed Yong profiles a scientific dynasty

Science is practiced by people, and people never work in isolation. Scientists train their students, who grow up to be scientists in their own right and train students to follow in their own footsteps. Along the way, scientific dynasties emerge, working together to establish new ways of thinking and applying their ideas to new problems. […]

Helen Pearson profiles an activist turned scientist

A good profile of a scientist goes beyond the science itself — and that’s why Helen Pearson’s ears perked up when she learned the personal story of Joe Thornton, a University of Oregon evolutionary biologist whose first career was as a Greenpeace activist, fighting the release of toxic industrial chemicals. Pearson wanted to know what […]

Lauren Gravitz relates Nobel laureate Steinman’s poignant story

For years, journalist Lauren Gravitz had planned to write an in-depth feature on Rockefeller University physician-scientist Ralph Steinman, highlighting the dendritic cells that had been his life’s work and his efforts to use those cells to treat his own cancer. Formerly a science writer at Rockefeller, Gravitz had spoken often with Steinman and knew his […]

Meredith Wadman probes the aftermath of a shooting

On Friday, February 12, 2010, biologist Amy Bishop stood up in a conference room at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and shot six of her colleagues; three died. Nature correspondent Meredith Wadman visited the campus to recount the horror of those moments and efforts to rebuild a shattered department. [Life After Death appeared in […]

Adam Rutherford eulogizes the space shuttle

Knowing that NASA would soon cease operating its shuttles, Nature’s video team decided to create a music video showing each flight in chronological order. What began as a labor of love soon descended into months of slogging through VHS tapes, but the final product scored some 80,000 hits in its first week online. Here, team […]

Roberta Kwok tracks an asteroid as it hurtles toward Earth

In an award-winning story, Roberta Kwok recounted the story of an asteroid from the time it was spotted until the meteorites hit the Earth. This event represents the first time that astronomers were able to track such a trajectory in real time. Kwok’s remarkably detailed narrative won the American Geophysical Union’s Walter Sullivan Award for […]

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