Alison Pearce Stevens

Freelance Writer

Alison Pearce Stevens is a former duck wrangler, beekeeper and forever science geek who specializes in writing about science and nature for kids. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two kids and a small menagerie of cuddly (and not-so cuddly) critters. She writes for Science News for Students, Highlights, ASK (Arts and Sciences for Kids) magazine and National Geographic Kids' Books. Her next book, Rhinos in Nebraska, comes out in 2021. She is also an avid gardener who can often be found in her yard, checking out the critters that call it home.

All Stories by Alison Pearce Stevens

  1. Brain

    What is IQ — and how much does it matter?

    Studies reveal that intelligence — and success in life — depend on more than what IQ tests measure.

  2. Computing

    Self-designed tattoos are fashionable technology

    Researchers have created do-it-yourself temporary tattoos. They’re a fashion-forward way to control electronic devices.

  3. Health & Medicine

    This supplement makes calorie-rich foods less tempting

    A supplement that contains the fatty acid propionate causes the brain to rate high-calorie foods less appealing.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Blame your ‘environment’ for your taste in music

    Some scientists had thought we are born with our musical tastes. But a new study finds that what the ear prefers depends on what we listened to as we were growing up.

  5. Brain

    Small region of brain recognizes facial expressions

    Scientists identify the brain region responsible for recognizing facial expressions in others. It helps us know whether others are happy or sad.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Teachers make time for Ebola and other current events

    Science teachers want to cover current science and health topics, but struggle to find good resources for their students.

  7. Tech

    Tiny microrobots team up and move full-size car

    Researchers have just created robots that mimic the ability of ants to move super-large objects.

  8. Brain

    ‘Mindfulness’ defuses stress in classrooms and teaching

    The science behind mindfulness shows that both teachers and students can benefit from a bit of focused attention.

  9. Tech

    Lost in the woods? A drone may find you

    Scientists developed a new method to give drones the skills to follow hiking trails in search of lost hikers.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Blood pressure rises as kids become overweight

    Researchers find that children and teens who gain too much weight see a near-simultaneous increase in blood pressure.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Concussed brains need time to heal

    Researchers working with mice found that allowing the body to rest after a concussion gave brain cells time to heal and reconnect with each other.

  12. Plants

    Before eating, Venus flytraps must ‘count’

    Researchers find that Venus flytraps respond to the number of times insects touch their sensory hairs. This tells them when it’s time to turn on digestion.