Vicky’s Recent Stories
Science Jan 09Why we still need paper maps
"Maps can take you places that you wouldn’t think to go," said Betsy Mason, coauthor of the book "All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey."…
Politics Jan 04The many ways the shutdown is stopping vital services and research
As the shutdown enters a possible third week, it is furthering straining thousands of furloughed federal workers who have gone without pay.
Science Dec 19How artificial intelligence spotted every solar panel in the U.S.
Curious onlookers can check out the open-access maps. Publicly available information on this scale could help revolutionize the future of energy.
Science Dec 18How to grow the perfect Christmas Tree (it’s harder than you think)
Shapely evergreens don’t just grow straight out of the ground in top condition. Success in festive tree farming is a moving target.
Science Dec 10When these frogs move to cities, they change the way they flirt
As more humans move into concrete jungles, other animals, like túngara frogs, are joining them — and adjusting their behaviors along the way.
Science Dec 04Years after his death, Lonesome George’s genome offers clues to long life
Lonesome George, a wizened Galapagos giant tortoise, was the last of his kind. Now, researchers are using the iconic tortoise’s genetic material to better understand what it takes to live a long life.
Nation Nov 308 numbers that tell the grim story of California’s wildfires
The overall damage to the state after the 2018 wildfire season has been predicted, by one estimate, to top $400 billion, which could make it the most expensive slew of natural disasters in the history of the United States.
Science Nov 21Why the fattest bear is the picture of health
Scientists say bears are the “metabolic magicians of the mammalian world.” And someday, the secrets of these bears' cycles may help inform human health, too.
Science Nov 16The new definition of the kilogram will change the way we weigh everything
On Friday, representatives from 57 nations will gather in a conference room in Versailles, France to redefine the kilogram. In other words: the way we weigh the world is about to change.
Science Nov 01How llamas could help us fight the flu
Researchers now think they’re on the path to universal flu protection. The source of their new defense: llamas.