Marissa Fessenden

Marissa Fessenden

Freelance journalist & ilustrator

biology, wildlife, art&science, food, environment

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Smithsonian Magazine

Landfill Surprises Scientists With 12-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossils ...

The fossilized remains of a sperm whale were discovered in a newly cleared area of an Orange County landfill

Nature

Illuminating life's building blocks : Nature : Nature Research

A suite of tools now enables scientists to see proteins at work in living cells at the single-molecule level.

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Smithsonian Magazine

How Forensic Scientists Once Tried to "See" a Dead Person's Last ...

Scientists once believed that the dead's last sight could be resolved from their extracted eyeballs

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Smithsonian Magazine

Nellie Bly's Record-Breaking Trip Around the World Was, to Her ...

Nellie Bly's Record-Breaking Trip Around the World ...

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Smithsonian Magazine

This Painting Shows What It Might Look Like When Zika Infects a Cell

David S. Goodsell's watercolor-and-ink artworks use the latest research to illustrate viruses, proteins and more

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Smithsonian Magazine

From Sticks and Stones, Two Artists Make Pinhole Cameras | Arts ...

David Janesko and Adam Donnelly are using materials found in nature to photograph nature

YouTube

Library Catalogs Diversity of Animals Sounds - by Scientific American

Library Catalogs Diversity of Animals Sounds - by S...

Popular Science

Three Body Hacks You Shouldn't Try At Home | Popular Science

To improve themselves, a growing number of people are going beyond meditation or exercise. These brave pioneers are trying to hack their bodies with bacteria, special diets, and even electrical zaps.

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Smithsonian Magazine

Ghostly Neutrinos Created in the Heart of the Sun Are Finally Detected

This is the most direct evidence supporting researchers’ ideas about how the Sun is powered...

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Scientific American

Massive Asteroid Vesta Harbors Scant Frozen Water at ...

Data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft reveals easily evaporated chemicals and hydrogen on the asteroid, suggesting the presence of water mixed into its surface material

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Smithsonian Magazine

Behold the Beauty of Disappearing Glacier Ice Caves on Mt. Hood ...

Behold the Beauty of Disappearing Glacier Ice Caves...

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Scientific American

Massive Genetic Effort Confirms Bird Songs Related to Human Speech

The sequencing of genomes of 48 bird species explains the evolutionary roots of vocalization and could offer insight into human speech disorders...

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The Daily Dot

Meet the Internet’s DIY brain hackers

Wire together some resistors, current regulators, and a 9-volt battery, then connect the slapdash device to your head with saline-soaked sponges that serve as electrodes and get ready. A mild current...

spectrumnews.org

Cognition and behavior: Mirror neurons age normally in autism ...

Mirror neurons, which fire when a person performs or observes an action, function just as well in young children with autism as they do in their typically developing peers...

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spectrumnews.org

Molecular mechanisms: Gene marker may alter autism brains

In the brains of people with autism, certain genes are suppressed by a chemical tag that increases binding to MeCP2, the protein implicated in Rett syndrome...