Isolating the melody amidst a cacophony: How science writers aim to anchor their readers in their own experiences

Good writing in science communications is more than just piling on the facts (Photo by  Photo by Tatiana Syrikova from Pexels)

Good writing in science communications is more than just piling on the facts (Photo by Photo by Tatiana Syrikova from Pexels)

I used to love winding up the Beatrix Potter music box on my childhood dresser to hear the metal tines pluck out Hoagy Carmichael’s 1930 fox trot song, “Up a Lazy River.” I had no idea who Hoagy Carmichael was at the time, but I...

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Keep your coffee mug covered: How spongy moths put a lid on my camping trip

A caterpillar crawling on my pants (Photo by Jensen Edwards/NCC staff)

A caterpillar crawling on my pants (Photo by Jensen Edwards/NCC staff)

As a west-coaster, I’ve come to relish the soothing splats of raindrops on my tent — so long as, of course, I am dry and warm inside. That sound, that damp smell that steams up from rainforest ferns, they awaken in me memories of...

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