Author: Rebecca Harrington

Rebecca graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2014 with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Journalism. She worked at the U’s student newspaper the Minnesota Daily, where she discovered her passion for explaining the complexities and bizarre aspects of science to non-scientists. You can often find her cooking without recipes, discussing scientific explanations for everything around her, and laughing at the little surprises in life. @HarringtonBecca

VIDEO: These babies are made for talkin'

VIDEO: These babies are made for talkin’

Researchers are studying autism to gather clues about how babies learn to speak

By Rebecca Harrington | Posted October 9, 2015

Should national labs reinvent themselves?

Should national labs reinvent themselves?

American science needs the U.S. national laboratories, but the system could use an update

By Rebecca Harrington | Posted June 10, 2015

From pollution to power

From pollution to power

Scientists are working on turning harmful algae blooms intro practical energy sources

By Rebecca Harrington | Posted April 10, 2015

We need food, not ethanol

We need food, not ethanol

Our misplaced confidence in biofuels

By Rebecca Harrington | Posted March 4, 2015

Why do you feel so awful at high altitudes?

Why do you feel so awful at high altitudes?

A drop in air pressure and oxygen can make you feel pretty out of shape

By Rebecca Harrington | Posted February 26, 2015

The fashonista physicist

The fashonista physicist

Theoretical physicist Ágnes Mócsy teaches art students science

By Rebecca Harrington | Posted February 11, 2015

FDA approves implanted weight loss device

FDA approves implanted weight loss device

The device uses electric pulses to suppress hunger to help obese adults who have had difficulty losing weight independently

By Rebecca Harrington | Posted January 21, 2015

Dengue fever vaccine inches to approval

Dengue fever vaccine inches to approval

Newly completed clinical trials show the vaccine works, but perhaps not well enough

By Rebecca Harrington | Posted November 26, 2014

Is your food safe?

Is your food safe?

Yes — until it’s not. And these experts say that’s the problem

By Rebecca Harrington | Posted November 21, 2014

A high-flying health concern

A high-flying health concern

Brain lesions observed in military pilots don’t appear to be a major risk, but researchers are studying preventative measures just in case

By Rebecca Harrington | Posted November 20, 2014

Some hard science on sexism in academia

Some hard science on sexism in academia

An op-ed in the New York Times argues sexism in academia is over, but it’s off the mark.

By Rebecca Harrington | Posted November 10, 2014