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Andy Carstens

Andy Carstens is an intern at The Scientist. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s in science writing from Johns Hopkins University. Andy’s work has previously appeared in Audubon, Slate, Aidsmap, and AskNature.org. View his full portfolio at www.andycarstens.com.

Articles by Andy Carstens
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Avian Deception More Widespread Than Previously Thought
Andy Carstens | Oct 3, 2022 | 5+ min read
The broken-wing display, in which birds fake being wounded to protect their nests from predators, is found across the avian phylogenetic tree, a study finds.
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Birth of The Pill, 1956–1960
Andy Carstens | Oct 3, 2022 | 2 min read
Researchers overseeing the clinical trial for the first FDA-approved oral contraceptive claimed the drug gave the Puerto Rican participants power over their family planning. Critics claimed the women were exploited.
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Researchers in Ian’s Path Brace for the Storm
Andy Carstens | Sep 27, 2022 | 4 min read
With their laboratories prepared as well as possible for what’s now a Category 3 hurricane, all scientists in Florida can do now is wait.
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Ford Foundation Sunsets Diversity Fellowships
Andy Carstens | Sep 27, 2022 | 5+ min read
For more than 50 years, the program has served as a pipeline to get more scholars of color into academic institutions.
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Are We In the Midst of a Silent Mass Extinction?
Andy Carstens | Sep 22, 2022 | 5+ min read
A new modeling technique aims to help scientists and policymakers detect declines in genetic diversity based on habitat loss.
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Past Malaria Surges Linked to Amphibian Die-off
Andy Carstens | Sep 21, 2022 | 2 min read
A study suggests that pathogens affecting other species can indirectly harm human health.
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Daily Multivitamin May Slow Cognitive Decline in Seniors
Andy Carstens | Sep 14, 2022 | 2 min read
Researchers caution that it’s too soon to recommend supplements based on the results of a new study.
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Renee Wegrzyn Tapped to Head ARPA-H
Andy Carstens | Sep 12, 2022 | 2 min read
As the new agency’s director, the DARPA veteran will spearhead a high-risk, high-reward approach to biomedical research.
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Unionization Efforts Pick Up Across US Universities
Catherine Offord, Andy Carstens, and Amanda Heidt | Sep 1, 2022 | 5+ min read
Members of newly certified workers’ organizations at campuses across the US speak about how they achieved official recognition and what they’re planning for the years ahead.
Clinton Cave Investigates How Brain Cells Communicate
Andy Carstens | Sep 1, 2022 | 3 min read
The Middlebury College neuroscientist explores enzymes that affect brain cell development and neurodegeneration.