Author: Mary Beth Griggs

Mary Beth is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina and has a B.S. in Geology and Archaeology from Tufts University. As a direct result of her undergraduate majors, she has an unhealthy interest in old rocks and natural hazards. She has a blog on those subjects at www.therocksknow.com.

A Modern Plague

A Modern Plague

An encounter with MRSA, the scourge of the health care world

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted January 4, 2012

Have a rockin' new year!

Have a rockin’ new year!

Nerd gifts and changing times

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted

A whole new way to experience Scienceline: the app

A whole new way to experience Scienceline: the app

Scienceline’s editors are excited to unveil our first ever iPad App

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted December 5, 2011

Mineral Monday: Rutile

Mineral Monday: Rutile

A star (ruby) is born

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted November 14, 2011

Mineral Monday: Afghanite

Mineral Monday: Afghanite

Mondays making you blue? Here’s a mineral for you.

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted November 7, 2011

Mineral Monday: Salt

Mineral Monday: Salt

Warding off evil spirits and bacteria for millennia

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted October 31, 2011

Mineral Monday: Kyanite

Mineral Monday: Kyanite

So what do minerals teach us anyway?

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted October 24, 2011

Mineral Monday: Olivine

Mineral Monday: Olivine

Mineral names, elements switching places, and olivine!

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted October 17, 2011

Mineral Wednesday: Fluorite

Mineral Wednesday: Fluorite

The mineral behind fluorescence takes center stage

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted October 12, 2011

Yo ho ho and a bottle of centuries-old rum

Yo ho ho and a bottle of centuries-old rum

Since Talk Like a Pirate Day fell on a Monday this week, it got supplanted by Mineral Monday, but pirates can’t be ignored for long…

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted September 23, 2011

Mineral Monday: Cinnabar

Mineral Monday: Cinnabar

Fall is here, and that means Mineral Mondays are back! This Monday features the exquisitely named cinnabar.

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted September 19, 2011

Forest for the trees?

Forest for the trees?

How pathogens are threatening the health of American trees and forests

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted August 22, 2011

'Cause baby you're a firework*

‘Cause baby you’re a firework*

There’s a lot going on up in the sky

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted July 4, 2011

Rehabilitating New York City's wildlife

Rehabilitating New York City’s wildlife

A few people are fighting to give the city’s injured wildlife a second chance

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted May 31, 2011

Geomorphology and the Mississippi

Geomorphology and the Mississippi

Or, how weather can relate to geology

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted May 18, 2011

E-cigarettes in New York City

E-cigarettes in New York City

Smokeless in the city

By Mary Beth Griggs and Katie Palmer | Posted April 29, 2011

Arsenic crayons

Arsenic crayons

Mineral Monday: Orpiment and Realgar

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted March 28, 2011

Japan rocked by earthquake, tsunami

Aggregation of news and blog coverage of the 3/11/2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted March 11, 2011

Mineral Metamorphosis

Mineral Metamorphosis

Mineral Monday: Kaolinite

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted March 7, 2011

Are you smarter than a Neanderthal toolmaker?

Are you smarter than a Neanderthal toolmaker?

Archaeologists look into whether Neanderthals copied human tools or innovated their own designs

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted

Mineral Monday: Amethyst

Mineral Monday: Amethyst

February’s birthstone, and a new way to prevent drunkenness?

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted February 28, 2011

Tracking Winter Wildlife

Tracking Winter Wildlife

A slideshow of some curious characters, and their tracks.

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted February 21, 2011

Native plants evolve to fight off invading species

Native plants evolve to fight off invading species

Watching grass grow just got a lot more interesting

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted February 10, 2011

The Monkey in the Mirror

The Monkey in the Mirror

Curious monkeys might exist outside of children’s fiction

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted January 19, 2011

Visiting the last place on earth

Visiting the last place on earth

The Clelia II’s recent troubles in Antarctic waters bring up questions about tourism regulation in the Antarctic

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted December 22, 2010

Chilean Earthquake Shakes Up Prediction Methods

Chilean Earthquake Shakes Up Prediction Methods

GPS analysis allows scientists to better forecast earthquake hazards

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted November 11, 2010

Kids and Catapults

Kids and Catapults

Children hurl insults during Catapult Month at the New York Hall of Science: “No, YOU’RE a projectile!”

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted November 9, 2010

One Fish, Two Fish, Stunned Fish, Clear Fish

One Fish, Two Fish, Stunned Fish, Clear Fish

How Two Species of Mexican Cave Fish Evolved

By Mary Beth Griggs | Posted October 5, 2010