Author: Francie Diep

Francie Diep holds her B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she took as many science classes as she could in between her major requirements. After graduating, she worked as a TA for biochemistry and functional genomics labs at UCLA. After three years at the bench and chalkboard, she is eager to put her writing skills back to work reporting science stories.

Lawns vs. crops in the continental U.S.

Lawns vs. crops in the continental U.S.

Your grassy lawn comes at the cost of high water use

By Francie Diep | Posted July 3, 2011

In the winter of plant taxonomy

In the winter of plant taxonomy

Gerry Moore, director of science at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, has been watching the plants of the New York metropolitan move and change over the past 30 years

By Francie Diep | Posted March 10, 2011

Power to the people through citizen cartography

Power to the people through citizen cartography

Private citizens create online maps to chart crimes, first aid and groceries

By Francie Diep | Posted March 7, 2011

An “Overwhelming Problem” in the Navajo Nation

An “Overwhelming Problem” in the Navajo Nation

A look at one uranium mine shows how difficult it will be to clean up the reservation’s hundreds of abandoned Cold War-era mines

By Francie Diep | Posted December 30, 2010

A new use for 200-year-old pressed plants

A new use for 200-year-old pressed plants

Ecologists are looking to herbaria, the world’s historical libraries of preserved plants, to see how plants are reacting to global warming

By Francie Diep | Posted December 23, 2010

A Dog’s World, According to Science

A Dog’s World, According to Science

One scientist recreates the worldview of mankind’s best friend

By Francie Diep | Posted December 10, 2010

Night Shift’s Possible Link to Cancer

Night Shift’s Possible Link to Cancer

How disrupting the body’s day-night cycle might be carcinogenic

By Francie Diep | Posted October 30, 2010

How Climate Change Influences Children

How Climate Change Influences Children

The smallest among us may bear the greatest burden of a shifting climate

By Francie Diep | Posted October 29, 2010

Can Moving Away from Traffic Help Protect Your Heart?

Can Moving Away from Traffic Help Protect Your Heart?

Living near major roadways may increase the risk of dying of coronary heart disease

By Francie Diep | Posted October 5, 2010