The first article I read by Emily Anthes was titled Soft-headed Intellectuals: What the octopus is revealing about the nature of intelligence (Boston Globe. July 25, 2010. Link here.)
Now I make a date every week to check her blog and her website for new pieces. I read her work, both for its content and the craft of the writing itself.
We desperately need writers who understand the sciences, who know what questions to ask of both researchers and policy makers, and who write in ways that engage the lay reader. Ms. Anthes meets these challenges. She has a masters degree in science writing from MIT, a bachelors in history of science and medicine from Yale, and a real gift for finding and telling stories.
Her blog, Wonderland, is lively and full of “the scientifically quirky”. Find out the evolutionary underpinnings of Schadenfreude, the pseudoscience behind all those health care products in the SkyMall catalog, and why it’s unwise to handle cobras when you are drunk. She’s a girl after my own heart.
Check out her blog and tell me what you think. Are there any science writers’ websites you check regularly?