Author: Alyson Kenward

Alyson Kenward studied chemistry at the University of Calgary. After five years of trying to keep yellow mixtures from turning orange, she decided it was time to swap her lab coat for a laptop and get down to the business of being a writer of all things science-related. Although she misses how her stir plates used to serenade her, she was happy to recall just how much she loves writing. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the central New Jersey wilderness.

Swarm Mentality

Swarm Mentality

Following schools of fish and other animal collectives

By Ariel Bleicher Alyson Kenward and Valerie Ross | Posted June 9, 2010

Space in the City

Space in the City

Mordecai-Mark Mac Low is a curator of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

By Alyson Kenward | Posted April 13, 2010

Rethinking the Water Footprint

Rethinking the Water Footprint

Researchers think your food products should be labeled according to how much water goes into producing them

By Alyson Kenward | Posted March 26, 2010

Vital Signs

Vital Signs

Chemicals are kept alive in a laboratory with the life support of a mechanical breathing box.

By Alyson Kenward | Posted February 25, 2010

Caught in a Chemical Drought

Caught in a Chemical Drought

Last year’s economic nosedive left the chemical industry scrambling for an essential solvent

By Alyson Kenward | Posted February 12, 2010

Blow Up Your Own Balloons

Blow Up Your Own Balloons

We’re in the midst of a helium shortage, so let’s save what we can for science

By Alyson Kenward | Posted February 6, 2010

How can high altitude climbers survive with so little oxygen?

How can high altitude climbers survive with so little oxygen?

In their quest for world’s tallest peaks, many climbers use a drug to manipulate the acid-base chemistry in their bodies

By Alyson Kenward | Posted January 15, 2010

Nitric Oxide Holds Promise for Better Antibiotics

Nitric Oxide Holds Promise for Better Antibiotics

Researchers may improve antibiotics by targeting nitric oxide in bacteria

By Alyson Kenward | Posted November 13, 2009

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Recognizes Ribosomes

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Recognizes Ribosomes

Wait, isn’t that biology?

By Alyson Kenward | Posted October 9, 2009

Caution: Communicable Diseases May Be Breakable

Caution: Communicable Diseases May Be Breakable

New virus sculptures explore the public perception of scientific images.

By Alyson Kenward | Posted September 24, 2009