Author: Amy Nordrum

Amy Nordrum is a science writer who has published in Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, The Atlantic, InsideClimate News, Psychology Today, Men's Journal, and American Cowboy. She was previously based in Alaska and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University. Amy is currently completing here fifth NYC-based media internship with Scientific American.

How often should I take my pet to the vet?

How often should I take my pet to the vet?

The answer is at the heart of a multi-million dollar advertising campaign by the veterinary industry

By Amy Nordrum | Posted September 18, 2014

Fish smarter, not harder

Fish smarter, not harder

How a season of cheap shrimp stirred up a new sales model for struggling fisheries

By Amy Nordrum | Posted September 5, 2014

Long John Silver’s invites you to the seafood revolution

Long John Silver’s invites you to the seafood revolution

Their “Think Fish” campaign aims to refresh an outdated, unhealthy model — but can it be saved?

By Amy Nordrum | Posted July 18, 2014

Atop a volcano, a rare plant meets its match

Atop a volcano, a rare plant meets its match

The National Park Service shows growing concern for climate impacts on Hawaii’s silverswords

By Amy Nordrum | Posted July 9, 2014

Whatever happened to balloon jumping?

Whatever happened to balloon jumping?

It was all the rage back in the roaring 1920s, but this high-flying hobby has since faded into obscurity.

By Amy Nordrum | Posted June 9, 2014

Smoke your way to better health?

Smoke your way to better health?

As the FDA takes its first regulatory steps, state and local governments opt for a cautionary approach toward a controversial product that looks (too much?) like the real thing

By Amy Nordrum | Posted June 6, 2014

 Cranking down the heat

Cranking down the heat

One man’s mission to fix a steamy New York energy problem

By Amy Nordrum | Posted May 16, 2014

Q&A: Earning a "C" on an NYC restaurant inspection

Q&A: Earning a “C” on an NYC restaurant inspection

With 24 years of business under his belt, Maury Rubin of The City Bakery thinks New York City should take a few cues from the West Coast in grading its restaurants

By Amy Nordrum | Posted May 12, 2014

Bound by biscotti

Bound by biscotti

A grouchy baker would love to serve you — unless she kicks you out first

By Amy Nordrum | Posted May 7, 2014

What does a hibernating brain look like?

What does a hibernating brain look like?

Brian Barnes has studied questions like this for decades in Alaska — and he’s getting warmer

By Amy Nordrum | Posted March 27, 2014

Earthquake in 5... 4... 3...

Earthquake in 5… 4… 3…

Early warning systems are real — and making their American debut

By Amy Nordrum | Posted February 6, 2014

On the ground: Alaska’s national parks lead the way in planning for climate change

On the ground: Alaska’s national parks lead the way in planning for climate change

The National Park Service knows climate change is coming early and will hit hard in the 49th state – so is taking steps to prepare

By Amy Nordrum | Posted January 24, 2014

Mapping the shake, rattle and slip of tectonic plates

Mapping the shake, rattle and slip of tectonic plates

Seismologists can track earthquakes faster, and in more detail, than ever before

By Amy Nordrum | Posted December 23, 2013

A preventable train tragedy

A preventable train tragedy

Why the technology that could have averted the Metro-North crash is stalled

By Amy Nordrum | Posted December 4, 2013

Are those genes in my Tetris?

Are those genes in my Tetris?

Scientists find new digital ways to decipher genomic data

By Amy Nordrum | Posted November 13, 2013

When genes fly

When genes fly

Beaming DNA through space is next for leading geneticist

By Amy Nordrum | Posted October 28, 2013

The high cost of carbon in city trees

The high cost of carbon in city trees

They stymy climate change, but for a premium

By Amy Nordrum | Posted October 18, 2013