Author: Erica Westly

BS in biochemistry from Marlboro College, MS in neuroscience from Case Western Reserve University. Completed three years of neuroscience PhD program before realizing that academic science and I were never going to be a good fit. Enjoys good coffee, anything written by Kurt Vonnegut or Oliver Sacks, and traveling to far away places.

City Life for the Birds

City Life for the Birds

A mysterious heron colony sets up camp in a Queens housing project.

By Erica Westly | Posted August 24, 2007

Why does skin complexion change with the seasons?

Why does skin complexion change with the seasons?

– asks M.P. from New York, NY

By Erica Westly | Posted July 23, 2007

Winging It

Winging It

Can physics solve the mystery of avian flight?

By Erica Westly | Posted July 18, 2007

Polonium and Old Lace

Polonium and Old Lace

The Russian polonium case reminds us how fascinating poison stories can be.

By Erica Westly | Posted June 4, 2007

Why does honey crystallize?

Why does honey crystallize?

– asks K. York from Madrid, Spain

By Erica Westly | Posted April 9, 2007

Worlds Of Possibility

Worlds Of Possibility

A look at the emissions scenarios climate scientists use to predict the future.

By Erica Westly | Posted March 23, 2007

Old Disorder, New Approach

Old Disorder, New Approach

A Yale researcher applies behavioral therapy to Tourette Syndrome.

By Erica Westly | Posted March 7, 2007

No Rest for the Young and Weary

No Rest for the Young and Weary

A New York psychologist sheds light on the realities of terminal illness in American children.

By Erica Westly | Posted January 22, 2007

I've heard dogs can detect cancer just from sniffing someone's breath. How is that possible?

I’ve heard dogs can detect cancer just from sniffing someone’s breath. How is that possible?

-asks Christine from Waldorf, Maryland

By Erica Westly | Posted January 17, 2007

Live Together, Die Alone

Live Together, Die Alone

Cancer cells may cooperate to withstand their host’s immune response.

By Erica Westly | Posted November 1, 2006