Bob Grant

Bob Grant

Bob started with The Scientist as a staff writer in 2007. Before joining the team, he worked as a reporter at Audubon and earned a master’s degree in science journalism from New York University. In his previous life, he pursued a career in science, getting a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Montana State University and a master’s degree in marine biology from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Bob edits Reading Frames and other sections of the magazine.

Articles by Bob Grant
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Living the Life Pandemic
Bob Grant | Mar 16, 2022
The first part of 2022 is giving us a glimpse of humanity’s future relationship with COVID-19.
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Editorial: When Will This Pandemic Officially End?
Bob Grant | Mar 11, 2022
And does it even matter?
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Introducing TS Digest
Bob Grant | Dec 6, 2021
The Scientist is embarking on a new publishing journey, and you, dear reader, are invited to join.
New ideas and imagination Creativity and inspiration Technological innovation.
Innovations that Matter
Bob Grant | Dec 1, 2021
Scientific advances almost always have the potential to benefit human lives. In times like these, they have the power to save them.
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Brave New Publishing World
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2021
Preprints are likely here to stay. The press, the public, and the research community must adapt to this relatively recent model of scientific publishing if we are to extract its benefits while avoiding its pitfalls.
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Our Aching Brains
Bob Grant | Oct 1, 2021
COVID-19 has killed more than 4 million people around the globe and has sickened many millions more. The neurological toll on those of us continuing to live through the pandemic may stretch years or decades into the uncertain future.
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Delta Blues
Bob Grant | Sep 1, 2021
Humanity was hoping to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic this year. But viruses have plenty of tools at their disposal, and we should plan for a long-term future in which SARS-CoV-2 is a persistent threat.
Labs, Leaks, and Liability
Bob Grant | Jul 1, 2021
The resurfaced conversation surrounding the idea that SARS-CoV-2 might have leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, represents an opportunity to reexamine the confluence of science, politics, and public discourse.
The Psychology of Panic
Bob Grant | Jun 1, 2021
The recent news of consumers hoarding gasoline in the face of a brief closure of one of the world’s biggest petroleum pipelines is just the latest episode of panic buying since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
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Depoliticizing Science
Bob Grant | May 1, 2021
Politicians should of course consider and respect the latest research findings in crafting policy, but elected officials should honor the scientific method by letting its practitioners hash out the details of the science.