Vicky’s Recent Stories
Science May 02How biodegradable plastic bags don’t live up to their name
Three years in the ocean wasn’t enough to break down a "biodegradable" bag.
Science Apr 24Explore the haunting remains of an Antarctic whaling boomtown
Deception Island, aptly named, hides its history. The island conceals a secret bay, a sunken volcanic caldera that hosts rusting whaling equipment and the legacy of human industry in Antarctica.
Science Apr 22How these water fleas could save your water quality — and your life
On this Earth Day 2019, we celebrate water fleas and ecologist Meghan Duffy. Duffy studies how these water fleas maintain healthy waterways and fight deadly diseases.
Science Apr 18This genetic test can predict your odds for obesity from the day you’re born
Obesity could be in your future — and this $50 genetic test can predict your risk.
Science Apr 11Katie Bouman ‘hardly knew what a black hole was.’ Her algorithm helped us see one
Imaging scientist Katie Bouman chats with the PBS NewsHour about how she crafted an algorithm that constructed the first ever photo of a black hole.
Science Apr 11How Scott Kelly’s year in space changed his poop
The much-anticipated NASA Twins Study was released Thursday, more than three years since astronaut Scott Kelly returned from the International Space Station.
Science Apr 03How global warming is permanently reshaping the Great Barrier Reef
Even if the Great Barrier Reef is someday covered in coral once again, its architecture and structure won’t be the same, according to a new study.
Science Mar 28How climate change will put billions more at risk of mosquito-borne diseases
By the end of this century almost all of the world’s population could be exposed to mosquito-borne diseases once limited to the tropics, according to a new study.
Science Mar 21Genetic research has a white bias, and it may be hurting everyone’s health
Around 80,000 years ago, a small group left Africa and radiated around the globe, taking with them a subset of their ancestors' genetic variation. Now, that subset dominates genetic and health studies worldwide.
Science Mar 15This new ‘army’ of spiders is named after Star Wars stormtroopers
They wouldn’t survive the deserts of Tatooine or the frigid planet Hoth, but these newly described, tarantula-like spiders are named after the stormtroopers who marched through the “Star Wars” movies.