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Fenella Saunders


Fenella Saunders is executive editor of American Scientist, the magazine of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, where she has been on staff since 2005. She was previously a science writer/editor for New York University School of Medicine's publications office and associate editor of their magazine, NYU Physician. Additionally, she spent eight years at Discover magazine, where she was an associate editor and online editor. A coauthor of Popular Science's Space 2100: To Mars and Beyond in the Century to Come (Time Inc., 2003), she has also freelanced for Popular Mechanics, Scholastic, The Learning Channel and The Discovery Channel. She received an A.B. degree in computer science from Duke University and a Master's degree in psychology and animal behavior from Hunter College of the City University of New York. She was selected as a fellow for the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship's "Nano: The Newest Technologies" workshop at MIT in 2009, and for their multimedia bootcamp at UC Berkeley's School of Journalism in 2010.

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Moogfest Amps Up Connections between Science and Music

Bio-Responsive Smart Drug Delivery

STEM Reads

STEM Books for Older Children

STEM Books for Young Children

After Fukushima: Nuclear Power Programs Around the World

Escher the Scientist

How Sleep Affects Performance, Health, and Well-Being

The Mathematics of Crime

The Promise of 2D Materials

Fire’s Weird Behavior in Space

New Strategies to Curb Bacterial Infections

Playing Sports in Hyperbolic Space

The Science of Innovation and Deep Learning

Double-Edged Nanoparticles: DNA Disrupters and Cancer Fighters

How Hair Ice Grows

Pollution Particles in the Air and How the Sun Changes Them

Can Your Phone Tell You If Your Food Is Safe?

20 Years of Exoplanet Discoveries

Oliver Sacks Remembered, in Books

Developing Duplicates: 3D Printing Replacement Body Parts

The Day the Bomb Dropped

The Power of the Little Guy

The Many Faces of Richard Feynman

The Real Twilight Zone

Tuck In Your Kids with Science Bedtime Stories

Charles Darwin on Social Media

Doodling the Science News Headlines

Evergreen Articles

Book Review

Enter the Dragons

The Bonds that Make Everything

Surviving a Perfect Storm

The Silver Lining

Cetacean Portraits

When the World Went Digital

From the Editor

In Memory of Austin Green

The Science of Narrative

Taking Action, Online and In Person

Podcasts, Slideshows, and Videos, Oh My!

New Year's Resolutions

The Great Unknown

Keep Your Eyes Open


Fire's Weird Behavior in Space

Video: How Hair Ice Forms

Expanding with the Cosmos

From Balloons to Space Stations: Studying Cosmic Rays

The Many Personalities of Animals

Behind the Porpoise's Echolocation

Hydrangea Colors: It’s All in the Soil

Revealing the Logic Behind Candy Crush

The Relaunch of an Ocean Workhorse

Scientific Artwork Attracts Human and Arthropod Alike

Drawn Together by the Casimir Effect

Science Hangout: Dr. Gruss on Advancing Research


The Life of a Star

The Sharpest Eye in the Sky

The Tinkerers

Picturing the Cosmos

A Supersized View of the Universe

A Map of the Universe

Series of Milestones

A Field Guide to Radiation

The Disappearing Spoon and The Elements

Overpopulated, but Still Untamed

Winter 2008 Roundup: Coffee-Table Books

Online Exclusive: Children's Books Galore

It's All Relative

Short takes on three books

Short takes on three books

The Grail Bird, The Math Instinct, and Tiger Bone and Rhino Horn

Pizza Lunch Podcasts

3D Printing Replacement Body Parts

Engineering Around Extreme Events

Chasing Down Cosmic Dust

Retracing the Evolution of African Penguins

Pancreatic Cancer and More Effective Treatments

How You Can Better Communicate Your Science

Robots in Clinical and Home Environments

Addressing Emergent Challenges with Wind Power

Science Observer

Pulling On the Shade

Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture

Tying Water into Knots

Elemental Energy

Cracking with Electricity

In The News

Microrockets Fizz Along

Bring on the Soft Robots

Power Gets Hot

Minuscule Speed Traps

Bringing Up Robots

Get a Grainy Grip

Copper, Heal Thyself

Amphibious Caterpillars

Amplifying with Acid

Multitasking to Distraction

Working Best Under Pressure

What's All the Flap About?

The Language Playing Field

A Light Switch on Cells

Addicts Bet on the Present

A Sound Use for Heat

Sounding Out Muscle Health

Touching the Listener

Ice Entwined

Dulcet Dunes

Shake an Egg

Going Against the Flow

A Helix with a Handle

Burn, Magnet, Burn

Water Fight


Particles Crash Again


Pressure in the Pink

First Person: M. V. Ramana

First Person: Herman O. Sintim

First Person: Andrea L. Bertozzi and P. Jeffrey Brantingham

First Person: Michael Spencer

DNA Damage and Nanoparticles

Air Pollution and Sunlight Q&A

Making the Cut

Orion's Path to Liftoff

Iron in the Sun

First Person: Aaron Chou

Search for Brown Dwarfs

First Person: Building with DNA