Berly McCoy is PBS NewsHour’s 2019 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow. She finished her PhD in biochemistry in 2018. She freelances from her rural home in northwest Montana.
Berly’s Recent Stories
Science Aug 08Forget coral bleaching. Warming oceans are killing reefs and dissolving their skeletons
Hotter oceans are killing corals, not just bleaching them. Then their reef corpses dissolve.
Science Jul 31This new nanotech could help clean up Earth’s microplastics
Chemists have adapted emerging technology -- called nanocoils -- to dissolve microplastics and turn the pollution into food for algae.
Science Jul 22This everyday chemical was cast aside. Its replacement might be making cats sick
Manufacturers phased out flame retardants called PBDEs because of health concerns in pets and humans. New research suggests their replacements may be just as bad.
Science Jul 17By making plant roots grow deeper, these geneticists hope to curb climate change
A new genetic discovery could help researchers trap more climate-altering carbon underground.
Science Jul 02CRISPR gene-editing ‘eliminates’ HIV in some mice. What does it mean for humans?
Antiretroviral therapy is the standard HIV treatment, but patients are never rid of the virus. A new study raises the possibility of HIV elimination through gene-editing with CRISPR.
Science Jun 26Are commercial honeybees making wild bees sick?
Everyone wants to save the bees, but we may be saving them to death.
Science Jun 19Fake blood pumps life into this robotic fish
Synthetic blood vessels in a new robotic fish could improve the technology needed to make lifelike robots run longer.