Author: Katherine Ellen Foley

Katherine Ellen Foley is a science writer and editor currently enrolled in New York University's Science Health, and Environmental Reporting Program. Before moving to the Big Apple, she graduated magna cum laude from from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with a B.S. in Science, Technology and International Affairs. During her time at Georgetown, she wrote pieces on science policy and explainers for Policy Mic and The Hoya. Now, she writes about a variety of topics, with an emphasis on life science and the environment. In her spare time, she enjoys long distance running, spicy Korean BBQ, and swing dancing. @katherineefoley

VIDEO: The invisible Hudson

VIDEO: The invisible Hudson

Even though we can’t see them, microbes have an important role in the Hudson River

By Katherine Ellen Foley | Posted October 27, 2015

What's in a name?

What’s in a name?

The blurred lines between reptiles, dinosaurs and birds

By Katherine Ellen Foley | Posted August 21, 2015

Is there a reason for grief?

Is there a reason for grief?

Scientists are tackling this all-consuming emotion

By Katherine Ellen Foley | Posted July 30, 2015

AUDIO: Minding our minds

AUDIO: Minding our minds

Why memory shouldn’t be a lost art

By Katherine Ellen Foley | Posted May 12, 2015

Decoding the depths of the earth

Decoding the depths of the earth

Seismologist William Menke’s expeditions reveal what lies beneath

By Katherine Ellen Foley | Posted April 23, 2015

AUDIO: Body Art

AUDIO: Body Art

Medical illustrator Marie Rossettie speaks about the things deep inside us that give life to her art

By Katherine Ellen Foley | Posted March 18, 2015

Why we're not ready for GMO labeling — yet

Why we’re not ready for GMO labeling — yet

Until the public can see eye-to-eye with the majority of scientists, extra labeling isn’t worth the stress

By Katherine Ellen Foley | Posted March 11, 2015

Stories in the sediment

Stories in the sediment

Tom Cronin stumbled into studying deep ocean floors, and hopes he can help others find the same curiosity for the unknown

By Katherine Ellen Foley | Posted February 23, 2015

Why is working out so painful?

Why is working out so painful?

There’s a reason those New Year’s resolutions to go to the gym more often are so hard to keep

By Katherine Ellen Foley | Posted January 19, 2015

Origins of cooperation are still fair game

Origins of cooperation are still fair game

Scientists continue to debate whether experiments can show that our primate ancestors evolved fairness, or if cooperation is uniquely human

By Katherine Ellen Foley | Posted January 7, 2015

Smooth moves from repellant gel

Smooth moves from repellant gel

Scientists in Japan have created an inorganic material that mimics our own cartilage

By Katherine Ellen Foley | Posted January 5, 2015

Otters get the flu, too

Otters get the flu, too

Research shows that sea otters have gotten sick with H1N1, also known as swine flu

By Katherine Ellen Foley | Posted December 26, 2014

Jiminy cricket’s worst nightmare

Jiminy cricket’s worst nightmare

Insects are highly nutritious and easy on the environment; could they be the next super food?

By Katherine Ellen Foley | Posted November 7, 2014

Big consequences from tiny life

Big consequences from tiny life

Research digs deeper into the effects of soil microbes on a warming environment

By Katherine Ellen Foley | Posted October 27, 2014

Flex your apps

Flex your apps

Apple’s new HealthKit collects data from all your body monitoring apps

By Katherine Ellen Foley | Posted October 22, 2014

Teaching an old brain new immunity

Teaching an old brain new immunity

Deteriorating immune systems may help explain why memory declines with age, researchers find

By Katherine Ellen Foley | Posted October 15, 2014