Author: Cici Zhang

Cici Zhang grew up in China and studied neuroscience at Swarthmore College and (for her M.S.) Washington University. While she came to America for endless possibilities, she’s still surprised her blogging could start a journey towards being a science journalist in NYC. Combining meeting people, traveling and her love for science and words, this career seems like a dream in reality. Cici enjoys Instagram, movies and beautiful things that satisfy her curiosity. You can follow Cici on Twitter here.

PODCAST: Bring oysters back into NYC’s waters

PODCAST: Bring oysters back into NYC’s waters

Meet educators who are teaching the younger generation about restoring oysters to New York Harbor

By Cici Zhang | Posted September 29, 2017

MJO explained with cloud movement

The unseen forces behind extreme weather events

Meet the mighty Madden-Julian Oscillation

By Cici Zhang | Posted September 13, 2017

Creating an Atlantis

Creating an Atlantis

Artificial reefs in Florida are more than popular dive sites

By Cici Zhang | Posted July 26, 2017

The noise mapper

The noise mapper

A minority in many ways, Erica Walker is determined to find how urban noise affects human health

By Cici Zhang | Posted June 26, 2017

Cyber-stalking wildlife traders

Cyber-stalking wildlife traders

New online tools aim to save endangered animals, but experts say there are no easy shortcuts

By Cici Zhang | Posted June 12, 2017

Could a forgotten therapy become the new panacea to untreatable superbugs?

Could a forgotten therapy become the new panacea to untreatable superbugs?

Bacteria-eating viruses regain interest among academia and industry

By Cici Zhang | Posted May 1, 2017

Who needs dirt and rain?

Who needs dirt and rain?

Aquaponic farming is catching on despite challenges

By Cici Zhang | Posted April 3, 2017

Behind the smoke: three things to know about e-cigarettes

Behind the smoke: three things to know about e-cigarettes

Is vaping a safe way to stop smoking or a gateway to the habit? Experts have different things to say

By Cici Zhang | Posted February 22, 2017

Can a diet prevent Alzheimer's Disease?

Can a diet prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

Studies suggest that heart-healthy diets also associate with a healthy brain

By Cici Zhang | Posted February 6, 2017

The American chestnut tree has a good shot at making a comeback

The American chestnut tree has a good shot at making a comeback

Two sophisticated techniques could rescue the beloved American chestnut tree — but the riskier approach might work better

By Cici Zhang | Posted January 25, 2017

Breaking limits in science and life

Breaking limits in science and life

A woman astronomer’s 20-year quest to find 100 Earth-like planets is within reach

By Cici Zhang | Posted January 18, 2017

Why some people can tolerate the world's hottest pepper

Why some people can tolerate the world’s hottest pepper

Genetic and socio-cultural factors chip in to protect us from the burn — well some of us

By Cici Zhang | Posted December 19, 2016

Not just a dream

Not just a dream

Space hibernation could make long-haul space travel cheaper and safer

By Cici Zhang | Posted December 14, 2016

Preparations begin for the Great American Solar Eclipse

Preparations begin for the Great American Solar Eclipse

Get the most out of next year’s once-in-a-lifetime experience

By Cici Zhang | Posted November 30, 2016

Getting ready for a real-life “The Martian”

Getting ready for a real-life “The Martian”

Interplanetary travel requires tackling the same problems Matt Damon did — only better

By Cici Zhang | Posted November 21, 2016

World’s largest space telescope completed

World’s largest space telescope completed

Webb will unveil cosmic wonders we’ve never seen before

By Cici Zhang | Posted November 16, 2016

Don’t blame it on tonight’s super-supermoon

Don’t blame it on tonight’s super-supermoon

The real risk is for pseudoscience, not mood swings or tsunamis

By Cici Zhang | Posted November 14, 2016

The inner lives of fish

The inner lives of fish

If fish feel pain and pleasure, what should we do?

By Cici Zhang | Posted November 7, 2016