Nala Rogers

Science Writer

Washington DC

Nala Rogers


To Win a Nobel Prize in Science … Make Art?

Nobel-prize-winning scientist by day, blues musician by night. It may sound like a double life, but for James P. named last week as one of the two cancer immunologists to win this year's Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine -- science and artistic creativity are inextricably entwined, according to his band mates and colleagues.
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Fly, My Pretties: Carrion-Eating Insects Bring Mammal Data to Researchers

To get genetic samples from wildlife, researchers could embark on a painstaking search for feces and carrion. Or they could open a container full of rotten meat, and let the samples come to them. "We're calling these flies our environmental drones," said Christine Picard, a molecular biologist at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, who is developing the method.
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Genetic 'Fossils' Solve Mystery of Descended Testicles

It may seem that there's nothing ballsier than a big bull elephant -- but if you looked for the actual evidence, you wouldn't find it in the usual place. Elephants retain their testicles deep in their bodies, as do manatees, cape golden moles, rock hyraxes and most other species in the group Afrotheria.
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The Quest for Magma

On a bright day in 1981, John Eichelberger stood on a blackened crust above billions of gallons of lava. Plumes of steam leaked from cracks in the basalt surface, driven upward by the lingering smolder of Hawaii's 1959 Kilauea eruption. That eruption had filled a crater hundreds of feet deep with liquid rock.
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Global Warming's Frozen Giant

It was dusk when Nikita Zimov limped to the icy riverbank and its lifesaving supply of driftwood. He had pushed himself hard the last few exhausting miles, knowing that he would freeze to death if he didn’t find firewood before dark. He built a fire and huddled by the flames, trying to dry his sodden clothes as snow continued to fall.
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Dinosaur Poop Shows Presumed Vegetarians Also Ate Meat

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Will Hurricane Harvey Launch a New Kind of Climate Lawsuit?

As Houston residents return home to devastation from Hurricane Harvey, Heidi Cullen is figuring out how much of the disaster was our fault. According to common wisdom, what she's doing is impossible. Scientists have been saying for decades that you can't blame any specific weather event on climate change.
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What the 'Game of Thrones' Dragons Might Really Look Like, According to Science

Last week's "Game of Thrones" episode ended with a chilling image: massive, gnarled eyelids sliding open, revealing a dragon's slit-pupiled gaze. But if dragons were real, their pupils would probably be round, not slitted, according to vision scientist Martin Banks at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Rare Human Syndrome May Explain Why Dogs are So Friendly

When it comes to sheer friendliness, few humans can match the average dog. But people with Williams syndrome may come close, their unusual genetics granting them a puppyish zeal for social interaction. Now, scientists have found that extreme friendliness in both species may share common genetic roots.
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The Fragile Ground Beneath 66 Million Barrels of Oil

Three miles below the town of Cushing, Oklahoma, tectonic forces squeeze the rock with a pressure of more than 7,000 pounds per square inch. For years now, wastewater pumped underground as part of oil and gas development has seeped into natural cracks in that rock, easing the friction that keeps it stuck in place.
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BRIEF: Sneaky Deer Moms Use Another Species as Babysitters

Mule deer mothers are fierce, rushing to the rescue when they hear the bleat of a fawn in peril. White-tailed deer are comparatively timid, but they may have found a sneaky way to protect their babies anyway: They use mule deer as a sort of free babysitting service. Mule deer and white-tailed deer are approximately the same size, with ranges that overlap across much of North America.
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Contested National Monuments in Utah House Treasure Troves of Fossils

Seventy-five million years ago, a family of tyrannosaurs fled through a forest engulfed in flames. an adult more than 30 feet long, an adolescent two-thirds its size, and a baby no bigger than a Shetland pony -- emerged from the inferno onto a muddy shoreline and plunged into the lake, desperate to escape the heat.
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Nala Rogers

I am a staff writer at Inside Science, where I cover the Earth and Creature beats. I have written for Science, Nature, Scientific American, the University of Utah, and other outlets. In my free time I like to play with wildlife.

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