Author: Peter Hess

Peter Hess recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he received his B.A. in environmental studies. Originally a student of British and American literature, his sense of social responsibility pulled him in a different direction. Peter aspires to harness the power of the written word to explore important issues of human and environmental health, such as fracking and biosolids. In his free time, he likes to propagate houseplants and make curries.

The mathematics of wheelchair basketball

The mathematics of wheelchair basketball

Players and coaches maneuver a numerical classification system in this Paralympic sport

By Peter Hess and Sandy Ong | Posted September 6, 2016

A new ideal

A new ideal

Paralympic wheelchair basketball players set their own standards

By Peter Hess and Sandy Ong | Posted

A bridge to nowhere?

A bridge to nowhere?

Natural gas may be delaying the arrival of clean energy

By Peter Hess | Posted June 6, 2016

VIDEO: Close encounters with water bears

VIDEO: Close encounters with water bears

Tardigrades are nearly indestructible creatures that live everywhere

By Peter Hess | Posted April 26, 2016

A perfect, flaky circle

A perfect, flaky circle

When it comes to pie, it’s all about ratios

By Peter Hess | Posted March 14, 2016

PODCAST: Neediness, episode 1

PODCAST: Neediness, episode 1

With Carl Zimmer and Zhiheng Pei

By Peter Hess | Posted February 29, 2016

High school student wins Google Science Fair grand prize with rapid Ebola test

High school student wins Google Science Fair grand prize with rapid Ebola test

Her test has a sophisticated design, but isn’t ready for production

By Peter Hess | Posted

A gene sequencer that fits in your pocket

A gene sequencer that fits in your pocket

Fast, portable DNA tests are a powerful new tool for fighting disease — and more

By Peter Hess | Posted February 14, 2016

Changing the way we eat

Changing the way we eat

One food researcher’s mission to educate the public

By Peter Hess | Posted January 31, 2016

Controversial new cybersecurity law may compromise privacy

Controversial new cybersecurity law may compromise privacy

Critics argue that CISA is more about surveillance than security

By Peter Hess | Posted January 24, 2016

How secure is your smart watch?

How secure is your smart watch?

As wearable technologies become more fashionable, security issues are on the back burner

By Peter Hess | Posted January 9, 2016

Zoltan Takacs’s venomous vision

Zoltan Takacs’s venomous vision

Toxin researcher mines snake DNA for potential medicines

By Peter Hess | Posted September 28, 2015