Carolyn Gramling

Earth & Climate Writer, Science News

Carolyn is the Earth & Climate writer at Science News. Previously she worked at Science magazine for six years, both as a reporter covering paleontology and polar science and as the editor of the news in brief section. Before that she was a reporter and editor at EARTH magazine. She has bachelor’s degrees in Geology and European History and a Ph.D. in marine geochemistry from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She’s also a former Science News intern.

All Stories by Carolyn Gramling

  1. Physics

    Dry sand can bubble like the blobs in a lava lamp

    Put two types of sand grains together in a chamber and they can flow like fluids. All it takes is a jiggle and some gas.

  2. Planets

    Was that a Marsquake?

    ‘Marsquakes’ could help scientists learn more about the Red Planet’s inner activity.

  3. Earth

    A million tiny quakes shook Southern California — and no one knew

    By putting millions of tiny quakes on record, scientists hope to learn more about what triggers the big ones.

  4. Environment

    Microplastics are blowing in the wind

    Tiny pieces of plastic are traveling through the air, a new study shows. A remote mountaintop saw just as much plastic deposited per day as falls on downtown Paris.

  5. Fossils

    Paleontologists find the first fossilized egg inside an ancient bird

    For the first time, paleontologists have found an unlaid egg inside an ancient bird fossil. That egg may have caused its mother’s death.

  6. Oceans

    Oceans’ fever means fewer fish

    Warming oceans have caused fish populations to plummet since 1930. In some regions, the number of fish that can be caught without depleting populations has dropped by more than one-third.

  7. Climate

    Disappearing sea ice could disrupt Arctic’s food web

    When sea ice goes missing in the Arctic, every part of the ecosystem feels the effects.

  8. Earth

    Earth’s core may have hardened just in time to save planet’s magnetic field

    Earth’s inner core began to solidify within the past 565 million years, a study finds. That could explain why the planet’s magnetic field did not collapse.

  9. Fossils

    This robot shows how an ancient creature might have walked

    Scientists used fossils, footprints, a computer models and a life-sized walking robot to find out how an ancient creature moved.

  10. Climate

    New research may alter what we know about how tornadoes form

    New data suggest that the twisters don’t form from the top down.

  11. Climate

    Climate change greatly intensified many 2017 weather events

    Climate change increased the likelihood of 16 extreme weather events in 2017 — including one that couldn’t have happened without it.

  12. Earth

    Explainer: Why sea levels aren’t rising at the same rate globally

    The ocean is rising all over the world. The rise seems speedier in some places. What gives? Many factors, it turns out, affect where — and why — the tide gets high.