Christopher is Science Friday's senior producer, and a regular contributor to Scientific American. His favorite stories feature microbes or food — or in the best-case scenario, both. Before coming to Science Friday, Christopher taught English in Italy and counted endangered frogs (Rana muscosa) in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master's in science, health and environmental reporting from the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.
When you hear the word “bee,” you probably picture a honeybee. As a new book shows, though, many bees native to North America defy conventionalism and remain relatively unknown on their own continent
Scientists still aren’t sure how bats avoid colliding with one another in swarms. Solving the mysteries of their “biological sonar” could give us clues for our own technology.
“We never have really figured out how to make the idea of the horse as a symbol of freedom, and the practical biology of protecting and yet limiting this horse, work,” says author David Philipps.
You may not envy what dung beetles and carrion beetles dine on, but you live in a world that they help keep clean.
Three psychologists debunk a persistent myth about how we learn.
In 1919, a total solar eclipse confirmed a prediction in Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
Three recent experiments at particle colliders around the world have turned up results that seem to flout the rules of physics. It may result in finding a new particle.
Ant researcher David Hu estimates that for humans, the equivalents of some ant towers would stretch tens of stories high.
The project shakes up stereotypes by connecting classrooms to real, working scientists.
As the Los Angeles Times journalist Ivan Penn explains, California has actually paid neighboring states to take its surplus renewable energy — dozens of times this year.