Sid Perkins

Freelance Writer

Sid is a freelance science journalist. He lives in Crossville, Tenn., with his wife, two dogs and three cats. He specializes in earth sciences and paleontology but often tackles topics such as astronomy, planetary science, materials science and engineering. 


In 2009, Sid won the Award for Distinguished Science Journalism in the Atmospheric and Related Sciences from the American Meteorological Society. And in 2002, he shared the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division’s Award for Popular Writing on Solar Physics. Sid’s writing also appears in Science, Nature, Scientific American, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Science News.

All Stories by Sid Perkins

  1. Physics

    Tests challenge whether centuries-old violins really are the best ever

    Some centuries-old Italian violins are reputed to be the best ever made. Scientists tested that. Their data now show new instruments can sound at least as good — and sometimes better.

  2. Tech

    Weird little fish inspires the development of super-grippers

    Suction-cup designers were inspired by the rock-grabbing tricks of the aptly named clingfish.

  3. Physics

    Musicians could benefit from teens’ research that pictures sound

    While in middle school, Hannah Shu and Isabelle Katz developed ways to picture musical tones. Their research could help everyone from instrument shoppers to vocal coaches.

  4. Chemistry

    Leftover opioids? Teen finds possible way to kill such pills

    Mercedes Randhahn, 14, of Ogden, Utah, came up with a possible way to chemically deactivate unused opioid pills. Her research paved the way to a $2,500 prize.

  5. Tech

    Teen’s research suggests spinning wing parts might boost aircraft safety

    An Arizona teen replaced an aircraft wing’s leading-edge flap with a spinning cylinder. This could increase lift, reduce drag and help prevent some aircraft stalls and spins, his data suggest.

  6. Tech

    Teen auto-safety researcher nabs $25,000 science fair prize

    Alaina Gassler took home the $25,000 top prize at the Broadcom MASTERS teen science competition. Her qualifying project could boost vehicle safety by eliminating blind spots for car drivers.

  7. Chemistry

    Fireworks shower the skies with science

    Filling the night sky with fireworks requires the help of chemists, electrical engineers and people who can choreograph theatrical shows.

  8. Humans

    New forensic technique may better gauge age at death

    An 18-year-old student from Ackworth, England, has come up with a better way to estimate the age at death for many human remains. It needs only a CT scan of the skull.

  9. Animals

    Bumpy edges could be key to record-breaking oars

    Inspired by the bumpy edges of flippers on a humpback whale, an Australian teen has redesigned oars for use by competitive rowers.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Young researchers take home almost $5 million at 2019 Intel ISEF competition

    The $75,000 top prize at this year’s ISEF competition went to a young researcher who developed an integrated-reality headset to aid spinal surgeons.

  11. Science & Society

    How to develop more ecofriendly parachutes for disaster relief

    A teen researcher from Singapore suggests that parachutes made from folded paper could be a more ecofriendly choice than nylon chutes for delivering disaster-relief supplies.

  12. Planets

    Teen astronomer finds a planet with two suns

    Brian Wu, a teen researcher from New York City, has discovered a handful of distant planets, including a massive world that orbits two suns.