Julie Leibach is a freelance science journalist and the former managing editor of online content for Science Friday. Before that, she was an editor at Audubon magazine. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University’s Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program and bachelor’s degrees in biology and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis.
A Chair Fit for Dancing
A “smart” power wheelchair enables dancers to move in new directions.
What Your Lips Might Say About You
Researchers are studying what lip prints and other subtle physical traits might reveal about the etiology of cleft lip and palate.
Five Back-To-School Books For Science-Loving Kids
A handful of good reads for the shark fans, budding architects, and other curious kids in your life.
Four Ways ‘Oryx and Crake’ Predicted the Future
Margaret Atwood’s book is fiction, but the cutting-edge research she writes about is real.
Can I Recycle That? Five Tips for Better Sorting
Pointers for sifting through your paper and plastics.
Women in Science: An Illustrated Who’s Who
Illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky’s new book is a clever introduction to women scientists through history, starting with the ancient polymath Hypatia.
This Cuttlefish Dazzles
Internet chatter suggests that the flamboyant cuttlefish—known for ambling along the seafloor and flashing brilliant displays—is toxic. What does the science say?
Secrets of Cephalopod Camouflage
Ethologist Roger Hanlon has devoted a career to studying how octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish become inconspicuous.
Coral Sperm Banks: A Safety Net for Reefs?
Marine biologist Mary Hagedorn is carefully freezing and storing coral sperm for safekeeping.
A Tale Of Two Glassworkers And Their Marine Marvels
Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka are perhaps best known for crafting a collection of glass flowers for Harvard. But together they made their mark fashioning thousands of marine invertebrate models.