Ashley Yeager

Associate Editor, Science News

Ashley Yeager is the associate news editor at Science News. She is fascinated by the stars and the stuff between themso much so that she once worked at one of the world’s largest telescopes and more recently wrote a book about astronomer Vera Rubin. Ashley has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a master’s degree in science writing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She enjoys hiking with her dogs, swimming and reading.

All Stories by Ashley Yeager

  1. Environment

    Plastic trash travels up to Arctic waters

    Bags, fishing rope and other tiny bits of plastic are now polluting Arctic waters, posing threats to area wildlife.

  2. Animals

    Sperm whales’ clicks suggest the animals have culture

    Sperm whales appear to learn the sounds they use to socialize. That suggests they have some form of culture.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Survey finds U.S. schools start ‘too early’

    The school bell dings too early for U.S. tweens and teens, a survey finds. Most kids start class well before the recommended 8:30 a.m.

  4. Animals

    More dinosaur bones yield traces of blood, soft tissue

    More dinosaur bones are found to contain residues of blood and soft tissue. The discovery could help point to when dinosaurs turned into warm-blooded creatures.

  5. Space

    News Brief: Surprise — comet lander awoke!

    Scientists think the lander’s instruments may have lots to share about comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in coming days to weeks.

  6. Fossils

    ‘Frankenstein’ dino showed a mashup of traits

    New species unearthed in Chile is “an anatomical Frankenstein,” declares one of its discoverers.

  7. Microbes

    Virus blamed in starfish die-off

    A virus may explains the deaths of millions of starfish along the Pacific Coast of North America. The deaths affect 20 species. Some of the stricken animals appear to melt into puddles of slime.

  8. Planets

    Comet probe may shed light on Earth’s past

    Scientists spent more than two decades setting up Philae’s months-long investigation of a comet. What they hope to learn could shed light on Earth’s childhood — and the source of its water. But that’s if problems with Philae’s landing don’t cut the robot’s life span.

  9. Planets

    Picture This: Falling to a comet

    After a more than decade-long ride, a robotic lander has left its spacecraft and floated down onto the surface of a comet. From there it should begin scouting for hints at how our solar system formed.

  10. Fossils

    Lobster’s ancient ‘cousin’ was gentle giant

    Some 500 million years ago, this top predator would have likely netted its meals with long bristly limbs.

  11. Brain

    Video games can help some people read

    People with dyslexia seem to get a boost from screen time.

  12. Animals

    Watch out for tree-climbing crocs

    What’s that up in the tree? If you live in the right part of the world, it could be a hungry croc.