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Newsroom 2014

Stories from New Horizons in Science 2014


The New Horizons Newsroom presents coverage of CASW's New Horizons in Science by journalism and science students. The Newsroom was launched with the 2013 conference. This page presents stories related to presentations given Oct. 19-20, 2014, at the 52nd New Horizons in Science briefings held in Columbus, Ohio and hosted by Ohio State University as part of ScienceWriters2014.

Special thanks to the volunteer Newsroom editors and mentors who helped student writers learn firsthand about science reporting: Charlie Petit, chief editor; Jennifer Carpenter, Mike Casey, Charles Choi, Glennda Chui, Ellen Gerl, Marissa Fessenden, Richard Harris, Robin Lloyd, Betsy Mason, A'ndrea Messer, Dave Mosher, Eric Niiler, Joann Rodgers and Cori Vanchieri.

Newsroom 2014

Genome editing gives scientists the power to reorganize life

By Olivia Miltner | Tools that would give scientists the ability to limit the spread of diseases, give creatures new traits, and even bring back extinct animals seem possible soon, thanks to... more

HPV infections drive increases in head and neck cancer

By Kara Manke | Human papillomavirus (HPV) is changing the face of head and neck cancer. Once caused primarily by heavy tobacco or alcohol use, the majority of new head and neck cancers in the... more

Bird's the word: the evolution of vocal learning

By Kelly Fisher | If someone calls you a “bird brain,” count yourself praised, not insulted. Neurobiologist Erich Jarvis can tell you just why this is so. For instance, why are parrots able... more

Unearthing new materials with the aid of machine learning

By Kara Manke | Alán Aspuru-Guzik is building facial recognition software—for molecules. Aspuru-Guzik, a professor of chemistry at Harvard University, uses computers to explore chemical... more

CRISPR: Genome engineering with a purpose

by Bethany N. Bella | A new technology for engineering genomes called CRISPR has implications for human aging as well as the resurrection of certain extinct species, according to Harvard Medical... more

What’s wrong with the GMO debate

By Karam Sheban | Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are notoriously difficult to discuss. The underlying technology transfers genetic material from one organism to another or, in a more... more

A cosmic dead end?

by Karam Sheban | In March of this year, a group of researchers announced they had detected gravitational waves produced during a tiny instant as the big bang got under way. BICEP2, a telescope... more

A hostile marriage and a poor diet: two strikes against health

By Debamita Chatterjee | You’ve always felt bad after fighting with your spouse, but perhaps you brushed it off as a commonplace, harmless part of life. In fact, evidence suggests that marital... more

The future requires sustainable transportation

By Bethany Bella | "Imagine this: What if you could drive a car that is so intelligent that you never, when driving in a city, come across a red traffic light? But this is possible." At the... more

Research consistently links violent video games to human aggression

By Crystal Garner | The link between human acts of violence, lack of empathy and time spent with graphically violent video games and films is so consistent that denying it is like “denying gravity,”... more

The long-awaited dawn of neutrino astronomy arrives

By Cassie Kelly | They weigh next to nothing, they move at more than 99 percent the speed of light and they have no electric charge. They can go straight through planets, usually without leaving... more

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