Author: Steph Yin

Steph Yin is a science writer & illustrator based in New York City. She hails from dreamy Providence, where she spent a lot of time "doing science" (read: baking dirt in windowless basements), making animations and chopping vegetables. Though nowadays she spends her time doing journalism, she really dreams of creating a traveling puppet show about science. Everyone is invited to help paper mâché, play music and boogie. Most recently she has been a contributor to Cafe.com. Tweet her at @Steph_Yin, learn more at inkchromatography.wordpress.com.

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 Steph Yin | Posted October 9, 2015

Sparrow songs tune into context

Sparrow songs tune into context

Understanding how swamp sparrows use context in their songs could shed light on the evolution of human language

By Steph Yin | Posted January 14, 2015

Alcoholism after gastric bypass: Is it in your mind or gut?

Alcoholism after gastric bypass: Is it in your mind or gut?

Scientists have competing ideas for why gastric bypass patients show higher rates of alcohol abuse post-surgery

By Steph Yin | Posted January 9, 2015

Oxycodone, morphine and the chemistry of addiction

Oxycodone, morphine and the chemistry of addiction

Both pain medications are often abused, but oxycodone may be more addictive

By Steph Yin | Posted December 23, 2014

No need for the pharmacy; just press print

No need for the pharmacy; just press print

New research into 3D printers could mean cheap, personalized medicine — but could it also mean greater access to recreational drugs?

By Steph Yin | Posted December 17, 2014

Natural history museums: fact or fiction?

Natural history museums: fact or fiction?

It’s tempting to view natural history dioramas as pure representations of fact — but these displays may be shaped by cultural assumptions and theatrical urges

By Steph Yin | Posted December 3, 2014