Author: Alexandra Ossola

Alexandra (Alex) Ossola earned her B.A. from Hamilton College with a concentration in Comparative Literature. Since graduating, she has served as a tutor and mentor with City Year in Washington, D.C. as well as planned and led high school travel programs to Latin America with Putney Student Travel. After dabbling in many different fields, she, like most curious people, was drawn to science. A lifelong lover of good communication, Alex writes about things she finds interesting, with topics that range widely.

Should obese women take the pill differently?

Should obese women take the pill differently?

When hormones in oral contraceptives are less effective, obese women need a new strategy to prevent unwanted pregnancy

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted December 9, 2014

Dinosaurs: armored, tall, fast and small

Dinosaurs: armored, tall, fast and small

Superlatives aren’t just for high school.

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted September 22, 2014

The never-ending lightning storm

The never-ending lightning storm

Why one area in South America sees thousands of strikes per night

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted August 25, 2014

Ever Wondered: How does speech-to-text software work?

Ever Wondered: How does speech-to-text software work?

Love it or hate it, you can’t avoid it.

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted August 15, 2014

Are bilinguals really smarter?

Are bilinguals really smarter?

Despite what you may have read, it’s not so cut-and-dry

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted July 29, 2014

Israel’s Silicon Valley

Israel’s Silicon Valley

The biggest tech sector you’ve never heard of

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted July 22, 2014

Hidden Wonders Below the Surface

Hidden Wonders Below the Surface

Old drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico house a surprising bounty, if we can figure out how to preserve them safely.

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted July 1, 2014

Tackling the overfishing problem

Tackling the overfishing problem

How one government organization has brought America’s overfished populations back from the brink.

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted May 20, 2014

Preparing for the flood

Preparing for the flood

Architect Adam Yarinsky designs a New York City that faces rising seas

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted April 28, 2014

Solving an old problem with older data

Solving an old problem with older data

What can the genetics of a centuries-old plant virus tell us about modern food security?

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted April 21, 2014

AUDIO: What's it like to float in sensory deprivation?

AUDIO: What’s it like to float in sensory deprivation?

Alexandra Ossola has an intimate experience with her own mind, in the name of science.

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted April 4, 2014

A Scienceline Valentine

A Scienceline Valentine

Roses are red, Violets are blue, Science is awesome And so are you! Here’s a list of the top 11 Scienceline articles to send your sweetie for Valentine’s Day.

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted February 14, 2014

On the ground: New challenges for the River Thames

On the ground: New challenges for the River Thames

Will a warming climate and rising sea levels make the riverbanks too unsafe to live?

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted January 23, 2014

The return of the leech

The return of the leech

Healers used them for centuries, and now the little bloodsuckers are back in the hands of doctors and surgeons

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted January 13, 2014

What’s the eco-friendliest form of birth control?

What’s the eco-friendliest form of birth control?

Keep it green when it’s getting red-hot

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted December 10, 2013

Plankton to the people

Plankton to the people

Researchers reach out to citizen scientists to identify species

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted November 14, 2013

Bora as a catalyst

Bora as a catalyst

Scandal in the science writing community yields discussion of sexual harassment

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted October 25, 2013

New predictions of phosphorus shortage are cause for worry

New predictions of phosphorus shortage are cause for worry

The impending crisis you haven’t heard about

By Alexandra Ossola | Posted October 3, 2013