Rasha Aridi is a producer for Science Friday. She loves stories about weird critters, science adventures, and the intersection of science and history.
While studying wildlife conservation at Virginia Tech, Rasha realized that she had way more fun talking about science than actually doing it. She then pivoted into journalism and has since written for outlets like Science, Smithsonian, and The Guardian. Before coming to SciFri, she worked for NPR’s Short Wave and Science Vs from Gimlet Media.
When Rasha isn’t nerding out about science, you can find her on an outdoorsy adventure, reading, or trying (and failing) to leash train her cat.
Balloons can be used to study the weather, explore near space, and spy on other countries.
In the Colombian Andes, a professional birder has developed trails to help visually disabled people take part in hiking and birding.
In “The Terraformers,” author Annalee Newitz takes readers on a multigenerational adventure to transform a planet.
En los Andes colombianos, un observador de aves profesional ha creado senderos para ayudar a los discapacitados visuales a practicar el senderismo y la observación de aves.
Beaming a high-powered laser into the sky might be a more effective way to control lightning strikes.
Science writer Bethany Brookshire’s new book tries to untangle why we call some animals “pests.”
Stashing their red blood cells away allows these frogs to stay nearly invisible while they snooze.