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Teresa Carey

Teresa Carey

Teresa Carey is a senior staff writer at Freethink. Before becoming a journalist she was a US Coast Guard licensed captain and professional mariner. She works primarily on the Atlantic Ocean, and from a tiny desk in Annapolis. As a grad of the University of California Santa Cruz science communication graduate program, and a NatGeo Explorer, she loves telling stories on the intersection of science, culture, and heart. Carey’s written, audio, and television broadcast work can be found in BuzzFeed, Scientific American, PBS NewsHour, NPR Weekend Edition, Smithsonian and more.

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Recent Work by Author

Climate Crisis
How Balloons Could Soak Up Carbon and Fight Climate Change
direct air capture
Climate Crisis
How Balloons Could Soak Up Carbon and Fight Climate Change
A new startup plans to strap direct air capture technology to balloons and float them into the atmosphere to collect and store carbon dioxide.
May 8, 2021

A new startup plans to strap direct air capture technology to balloons and float them into the atmosphere to collect and store carbon dioxide.

Space
Why This Scientist Wants to Grow Fish on the Moon
fish on the moon
Space
Why This Scientist Wants to Grow Fish on the Moon
Researchers are finding out how to send fish eggs to the moon so that one day we will be able to farm fish on the lunar surface.
May 7, 2021

Researchers are finding out how to send fish eggs to the moon so that one day we will be able to farm fish on the lunar surface.

Genetics
These Plants Have Been Genetically Modifying Themselves for Decades
lateral gene transfer
Genetics
These Plants Have Been Genetically Modifying Themselves for Decades
New evidence shows that plants have been genetically modifying themselves for decades in a process called lateral gene transfer.
May 6, 2021

New evidence shows that plants have been genetically modifying themselves for decades in a process called lateral gene transfer.

Genetics
This Spit Test Will Help Couples Know Their Baby's Risk Of Genetic Disease
polygenetic risk score
Genetics
This Spit Test Will Help Couples Know Their Baby's Risk Of Genetic Disease
A new genetic test offers prospective parents a "polygenetic risk score," or an estimate of their potential offspring's predisposition to certain conditions.
May 5, 2021

A new genetic test offers prospective parents a "polygenetic risk score," or an estimate of their potential offspring's predisposition to certain conditions.

Biology
Customized Stem Cells Could Show Us How Dementia Happens
induced pluripotent stem cells
Biology
Customized Stem Cells Could Show Us How Dementia Happens
By turning human cells into induced pluripotent stem cells, researchers hope to finally map the genetic path to Alzheimer’s disease.
May 4, 2021

By turning human cells into induced pluripotent stem cells, researchers hope to finally map the genetic path to Alzheimer’s disease.

Climate Crisis
Look at How Much the Planet Has Changed in Four Decades With Google Earth Timelapse
google earth time lapse
Climate Crisis
Look at How Much the Planet Has Changed in Four Decades With Google Earth Timelapse
The new Google Earth Timelapse feature lets us scan the globe and look back from the present day to 1984 to see how human action and natural forces have changed the planet since the 1980s.
May 2, 2021

The new Google Earth Timelapse feature lets us scan the globe and look back from the present day to 1984 to see how human action and natural forces have changed the planet since the 1980s.

Agriculture
Metal-Eating Trees Could Clean Up Abandoned Mines
Metal-Eating Trees Could Clean Up Abandoned Mines
Agriculture
Metal-Eating Trees Could Clean Up Abandoned Mines
Phytomining, a technique that uses trees to soak the metals out of contaminated soil, could offer new ways to mine for metals that are more sustainable than the existing, environmentally destructive methods.
May 1, 2021

Phytomining, a technique that uses trees to soak the metals out of contaminated soil, could offer new ways to mine for metals that are more sustainable than the existing, environmentally destructive methods.

Agriculture
A Seaweed Diet Could Eliminate Most of Cows’ Greenhouse Emissions
cows methane emissions
Agriculture
A Seaweed Diet Could Eliminate Most of Cows’ Greenhouse Emissions
Researchers found that feeding dairy cows just a touch of seaweed dramatically lowered the amount of methane emissions they released.
April 25, 2021

Researchers found that feeding dairy cows just a touch of seaweed dramatically lowered the amount of methane emissions they released.

Employment
Tech Dump is Finding a Place for Ex-Offenders
electronic waste recycling
Employment
Tech Dump is Finding a Place for Ex-Offenders
Electronic waste is the fastest-growing garbage stream in the world. This nonprofit is counting on it to give formerly incarcerated people a head start.
April 25, 2021

Electronic waste is the fastest-growing garbage stream in the world. This nonprofit is counting on it to give formerly incarcerated people a head start.