Larson: Hanging in There

In her first story for Nautilus, Samantha Larson explains the science of dread and fear and desire. Then she describes exactly what those emotions feel like when they are induced by a high-stakes rock climbing challenge. Experience it vicariously for yourself and...

Haydon: Enzyme Engineers to the Rescue

News about sarin gas is usually not good. But Ian Haydon has a rare positive story about chemical weapons in a piece for The Conversation that was picked up by Scientific American. Ian, a protein designer, writes about how scientists in his field are using enzyme...

Guthrie: Opioid Outreach

Follow Patricia Guthrie for all your Whidbey Island news. In the Everett Daily Herald, she tells about a three-person team that is taking action against opioid abuse. For the Whidbey News-Times she breaks news that any resident already intuitively knows: no county in...

Hickey: Capturing a River—Arrr!

Geologists actually call it river piracy, writes Hannah Hickey, when one stream takes over another. Presumably, the geoscientists don’t yell “Shiver me timbers!” when they see it, but it’s hard to know because, Hannah writes, it happens...

Watts: In the (Carbon) Bank

Trees remove carbon-containing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, writes Andrea Watts. But scientists want to know exactly how much carbon we’re talking about. Andrea provides the impressive numbers for Washington and Oregon forests in a report for Science...