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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

Archaeology
After 360,000 Years, Extinct Cave Bear's DNA Is Still Readable
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Archaeology
After 360,000 Years, Extinct Cave Bear's DNA Is Still Readable
Scientists have sequenced the DNA from the ear bone of an ancient cave bear, an extinct relative of the polar and brown bears.
February 27, 2021

Scientists have sequenced the DNA from the ear bone of an ancient cave bear, an extinct relative of the polar and brown bears.

Robotics
Soft Robots Could Get Stronger By Pumping Iron
soft robots
Robotics
Soft Robots Could Get Stronger By Pumping Iron
Soft robots could get more muscular with a new soft gel that becomes tougher when subjected to vibration.
February 27, 2021

Soft robots could get more muscular with a new soft gel that becomes tougher when subjected to vibration.

VR
MetaHuman Lets You Create Photorealistic, Animated Digital Humans
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VR
MetaHuman Lets You Create Photorealistic, Animated Digital Humans
Epic has released a new character creation tool in Unreal Engine, called MetaHuman Creator, that helps you render an almost endless selection of near-photorealistic digital people.
February 22, 2021

Epic has released a new character creation tool in Unreal Engine, called MetaHuman Creator, that helps you render an almost endless selection of near-photorealistic digital people.

Ecosystems
Targeted Wetland Restoration Efforts Could Cut Nitrogen Pollution in Half
wetland restoration
Ecosystems
Targeted Wetland Restoration Efforts Could Cut Nitrogen Pollution in Half
Researchers used computer models to evaluate wetland restoration scenarios and found that strategic wetland placement is the key to cleaning up water pollution.
February 21, 2021

Researchers used computer models to evaluate wetland restoration scenarios and found that strategic wetland placement is the key to cleaning up water pollution.

Agriculture
The World’s Fastest-Growing Plant Could Help Solve Food Scarcity and Climate Change
duckweed
Agriculture
The World’s Fastest-Growing Plant Could Help Solve Food Scarcity and Climate Change
Scientists have uncovered the genetic underpinnings of the duckweed, the fastest growing plant, and it could help optimize future crops.
February 21, 2021

Scientists have uncovered the genetic underpinnings of the duckweed, the fastest growing plant, and it could help optimize future crops.

AI
New Intelligent Material Could Become A “Quantum Brain”
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AI
New Intelligent Material Could Become A “Quantum Brain”
Scientists created an intelligent material that acts as a brain by physically changing when it learns. This is an important step toward achieving a "quantum brain.”
February 20, 2021

Scientists created an intelligent material that acts as a brain by physically changing when it learns. This is an important step toward achieving a "quantum brain.”

Genetics
A Virus Invisibility Cloak Makes AAV Gene Therapy Safer
aav gene therapy
Genetics
A Virus Invisibility Cloak Makes AAV Gene Therapy Safer
Researchers have figured out a way to cloak the AVV so it can sneak past the human immune system and deliver its gene therapy payload undetected.
February 20, 2021

Researchers have figured out a way to cloak the AVV so it can sneak past the human immune system and deliver its gene therapy payload undetected.

CRISPR
Scientists Use CRISPR to Create Neanderthal Mini-Brains in a Lab
neanderthal mini brains
CRISPR
Scientists Use CRISPR to Create Neanderthal Mini-Brains in a Lab
Scientists modified brain tissue from modern humans to carry a gene that once belonged to Neanderthals.
February 20, 2021

Scientists modified brain tissue from modern humans to carry a gene that once belonged to Neanderthals.

AI
“This DNA Is Not Real”: Why Scientists Are Deepfaking the Human Genome
artificial genomes
AI
“This DNA Is Not Real”: Why Scientists Are Deepfaking the Human Genome
Researchers taught an AI to make artificial genomes, which could advance genetic research without compromising the privacy of individuals.
February 14, 2021

Researchers taught an AI to make artificial genomes, which could advance genetic research without compromising the privacy of individuals.