Author: Ariel Bleicher

Ariel Bleicher studied mathematics and world literature at Scripps College in California. In pursuit of adventure, she moved to Alaska, where she explored the Alaska Range in mountaineering boots and freelanced as a science writer for the Arctic Regions Supercomputing Center. Her writing has appeared in The Anchorage Press, Portland Monthly magazine and on TheScientist.com.

Under Debate: Female Circumcision

Under Debate: Female Circumcision

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ short-lived policy revision on female circumcision ignites debate over how best to eradicate the practice

By Ariel Bleicher | Posted July 9, 2010

Swarm Mentality

Swarm Mentality

Following schools of fish and other animal collectives

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

World's 500 Fastest Supercomputers in Just 600x300 Pixels

World’s 500 Fastest Supercomputers in Just 600×300 Pixels

The BBC displays 59 pages of supercomputing statistics on one-third of a page.

By Ariel Bleicher | Posted June 1, 2010

On The Subject of iLeafs And Cowborgs

On The Subject of iLeafs And Cowborgs

Is biological engineering the beginning of a new technology revolution?

By Ariel Bleicher | Posted May 30, 2010

From Bacteria to Blueberry

From Bacteria to Blueberry

A renewable energy company in Seattle discovers a new way to brew biochemicals.

By Ariel Bleicher | Posted May 29, 2010

Ancient Cave Formations Reveal History of Abrupt Climate Changes

Ancient Cave Formations Reveal History of Abrupt Climate Changes

The findings suggest the American Southwest is headed for prolonged drought

By Ariel Bleicher | Posted March 28, 2010

Playing the Name Game

Playing the Name Game

How trend-averse parents came to live in an Emily-saturated society

By Ariel Bleicher | Posted March 24, 2010

Biotech on a Budget

Biotech on a Budget

Could garage biology inspire a new generation of inventors?

By Ariel Bleicher | Posted February 26, 2010

Flying Under the Influence

Flying Under the Influence

Boozing Bats Are Still Expert Fliers

By Ariel Bleicher | Posted February 15, 2010

How to Build a Living Machine

How to Build a Living Machine

A molecular biologist gives a common organism a remarkable skill using man-made genes

By Ariel Bleicher | Posted January 27, 2010

Pretty Fly (for a Small Guy)

Pretty Fly (for a Small Guy)

An unusual team builds a pipetting robot out of Legos for a genetic engineering competition

By Ariel Bleicher | Posted November 14, 2009

Will Eggplant be the World’s Next GM Crop?

Will Eggplant be the World’s Next GM Crop?

India’s biotech regulator says genetically engineered eggplant is safe for commercial use, but critics argue otherwise.

By Ariel Bleicher | Posted November 4, 2009