Elizabeth Shockman is a freelance journalist who lives in the Twin Cities. Previously she worked as a PRI staff member and freelancer, reporting primarily from Moscow and around Russia.
What’s the Best Way to Lose Weight and Keep It Off?
A new study on contestants from “The Biggest Loser” found that dramatic weight loss led to a surprising slowdown in metabolism.
Are We Smart Enough to Understand How Smart Animals Are?
Primatologist Frans de Waal makes a case for animal intelligence.
Is DNA the Future of Digital Data Storage?
A team of researchers were able to store 150 kilobytes—a handful of simple emails—on a strand of DNA.
Stopping a Speeding Bullet…With Foam
Researchers have developed a foam capable of shattering bullets on impact.
Finding a Sanctuary in Science
Geobiologist Hope Jahren’s memoir, “Lab Girl,” is meant not only to describe her connection to science, but to make science relatable to the public.
‘Space Archaeologists’ and Activists Use Satellites to Unearth History
Satellite imagery can help researchers track destruction of culturally significant sites and uncover archaeological ruins.
These Researchers Have Figured Out a New Way to Kill Cancer Cells
The team reports that they’ve figured out how to elude a tumor cell’s defenses.
How Many Genes Are Necessary to Create a Living Cell?
A team led by biologist Craig Venter found that they only needed 473 genes to create a living, stripped-down version of a cell.
This Art Installation Pokes Fun at NASA and Space Exploration
New York sculptor Tom Sachs built “A Space Program” entirely out of materials bought from Home Depot.
A New Way to Fix Cataracts?
Two studies look into using stem cells for eye therapy.