Kristin's Recent Stories
Science Jun 06How Mother Nature and a Pentagon mathematician created the world’s largest instrument
Deep inside the Luray Caverns, a song rises above the steady drip-drip-drip of water echoing upon limestone. The Great Stalacpipe Organ, a three-and-a-half-acre percussion instrument, is its source.
Science Apr 26Want healthier farm animals? Look to the mutants
Rancher Shelby Hendershot collects photos and specimens of deformed livestock to expose what causes these often disregarded mutations.
Science Apr 21Why these people are joining — or skipping — the March for Science
We asked people across the country what they thought about the March for Science. Here’s what you told us.
Arts Apr 19Meet an artist who’s waving her banner in support of the March for Science
This graphic designer is promoting her local "March for Science" by contributing what she does best.
Science Apr 19Graduate students are underpaid and overstressed. Can academic unions change that?
A Belgian study found doctoral students experience mental illness at 2.5 times the rate of other people with college degrees or those currently enrolled at university.
Science Mar 30When whimsical wildlife photography isn’t what it seems
This photo looks cute, but it reveals the cloudy intersection of wildlife photography, animal welfare issues and photojournalism integrity.
Science Mar 14This Pi Day, use math to beat your friends at classic toy games
On this most circular of pi days, we present three classic toys -- hula hoops, yo-yo's and Connect Four -- and explore their mechanics with mathematicians and physicists.
Science Mar 10Why did humans evolve big brains? We don’t know, but math can help
Evolutionary biologists can use this new equation to test their ideas for how the human brain got so big.
Science Feb 28Laser light uncovers hidden secrets of feathered dinosaur fossils
In a new study, researchers have used lasers and simple cameras to uncover the body shape and texture of 200 fossils of a small, feathered dinosaur named Anchiornis huxleyi.
Science Feb 23Intelligence test shows bees can learn to solve tasks from other bees
Scientists teach bees how to solve puzzles, who in turn teach the solution to other bees.