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For the science geek in everyone, Live Science breaks down the stories behind the most interesting news and photos on the Internet, while also digging up fascinating discoveries that hit on a broad range of fields, from dinosaurs and archaeology to wacky physics and astronomy to health and human behavior. If you want to learn something interesting every day, Live Science is the place for you.

Our Mission and History

To empower and inspire our readers with the tools needed to understand the world and appreciate its everyday awe.

Live Science launched in 2004, with just three team members, as a complement to the space and astronomy news site Space.com. The site received Webby Awards as an Honoree in the Science category in 2008 and 2010. It was acquired by TechMediaNetwork, later called Purch, in 2009. In 2018, Future plc acquired Live Science's parent company Purch.

Starting in 2010, Live Science spun out sister sites to cover three of its most popular topics in greater depth: Life's Little Mysteries, MyHealthNewsDaily and OurAmazingPlanet. In the spring of 2013, the sites were rolled back into Live Science to make a more useful and interesting single site.

To find the most fascinating stories, our staff digs through science journals big and small, and keeps up with what the top institutions are working on, while figuring out how discoveries and achievements may affect our readers. We also make sure to answer your burning questions about the science behind the news, from hyped-up health claims and weird animal photos, to the top Reddit posts and other trending stories on social media.

Who We Are

Chris Kerwin, Managing Director

Andy Hartup, Content Director

Alexander McNamara, Editor-in-Chief (alexander.mcnamara@futurenet.com)

Tia Ghose, Managing Editor (tghose@livescience.com)

Laura Geggel, Channel Editor, History/Archaeology (lgeggel@livescience.com)

Brandon Specktor, Channel Editor, Space/Physics  (brandon.specktor@futurenet.com)

Nicoletta Lanese, News Editor, Health (nlanese@livescience.com)

Ian Stokes, Channel Editor, Tech & Entertainment (ian.stokes@futurenet.com)

Ben Turner, Staff Writer (ben.turner@futurenet.com)

Harry Baker, Staff Writer (harry.baker@futurenet.com)

Jennifer Nalewicki, Staff Writer (jennifer.nalewicki@futurenet.com)

James Price, Production Editor (james.price@futurenet.com)

Alice Ball, Health Editor (alice.ball@futurenet.com)

Lou Mudge, Health Writer (lou.mudge@futurenet.com

Anna Gora, Health Writer (anna.gora@futurenet.com)

Andy Hartup
Andy Hartup

Andy is a content director at Future, and has been working in media and journalism for over 20 years. He currently oversees Live Science, while working on projects across a number of brands at Future Plc. Andy is also a tutor in Game Design at the National Film and TV School in the UK, a photographer, and a professional mentor. In his spare time you'll find Andy out with a camera in his hand, capturing urban and night-sky landscapes, or building Lego with his son.

Alexander McNamara, Editor-in-Chief at Live Science
Alexander McNamara

Alexander McNamara is the Editor-in-Chief at Live Science, and has more than 15 years’ experience in publishing at digital titles. More than half of this time has been dedicated to bringing the wonders of science and technology to a wider audience through editor roles at New Scientist and BBC Science Focus (opens in new tab), developing new podcasts, newsletters and ground-breaking features along the way. Prior to this, he covered a diverse spectrum of content, ranging from women’s lifestyle, travel, sport and politics, at Hearst and Microsoft. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Sheffield, and before embarking in a career in journalism had a brief stint as an English teacher in the Czech Republic. In his spare time, you can find him with his head buried in the latest science books or tinkering with cool gadgets.

Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer
Tia Ghose

Tia is the managing editor and was previously a senior writer for Live Science. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Wired.com and other outlets. She holds a master's in bioengineering from the University of Washington, a graduate certificate in science writing from UC Santa Cruz and a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Tia was part of a team at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that published the Empty Cradles series on preterm births, which won multiple awards, including the 2012 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism.

Laura G
Laura Geggel

Laura is the history/archaeology and Life's Little Mysteries editor at Live Science. She also reports on general science, including history and paleontology. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Scholastic, Popular Science and Spectrum, a site on autism research. She has won multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association for her reporting at a weekly newspaper near Seattle. Laura holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree with an advanced certificate in science writing from NYU.

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Brandon Specktor

Brandon is the space channel editor at Live Science, and he was formerly a staff writer and editor at Reader's Digest magazine. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, CBS.com, the Richard Dawkins Foundation website and other outlets. He holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from the University of Arizona, with minors in journalism and media arts. He enjoys writing most about space/astronomy, geoscience and the mysteries of the universe.

Alice Ball, Channel Editor, Health
Alice Ball

Alice is the health channel editor at Live Science. She also reviews tech and fitness products for our buying guides, from air purifiers to treadmills. She has worked across multiple knowledge and wellness brands at Future, including Fit&Well, Coach, T3, TechRadar and Tom's Guide. Alice holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from City, University of London, where she spent a year studying nutrition, dietetics and public health at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. A self-confessed running fanatic, she's completed six marathons and qualified for the Boston marathon.

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Ian Stokes

Ian is the Tech and Entertainment Editor at Live Science and Space.com (opens in new tab). That means he covers everything from laptops and microscopes to Lego sets and science documentaries. He previously worked as Tech Editor for TopTenReviews, and has freelanced for most major games and tech sites including TechRadar, GamesRadar, IGN, Fanbyte, and more.

With a degree in biology, a PhD in chemistry, and his previous role at Institute of Physics Publishing, Ian is taking a world tour through the different scientific disciplines. He's seeing how long they let him keep this profile photo.

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Nicoletta Lanese

Nicoletta Lanese is a news editor on Live Science's health desk. She first joined the publication in 2019 as a staff writer. She holds degrees in neuroscience and dance from the University of Florida and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work has appeared in The Scientist Magazine, Science News, The San Jose Mercury News and Mongabay, among other outlets.

Ben Turner
Ben Turner

Ben Turner is a U.K.-based staff writer at Live Science. He covers physics and astronomy, among other topics such as weird animals and climate change. He graduated from University College London with a degree in particle physics before training as a journalist. When he's not writing, Ben enjoys reading literature, playing the guitar and engaging in chess.

Harry Baker
Harry Baker

Harry is a U.K.-based staff writer at Live Science. He studied Marine Biology at the University of Exeter (Penryn campus) and after graduating started his own blog site "Marine Madness," which he continues to run with other ocean enthusiasts. He is also interested in evolution, climate change, robots, space exploration, environmental conservation and anything that's been fossilized. When not at work he can be found watching sci-fi films, playing old Pokemon games or running (probably slower than he'd like). 

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Jennifer Nalewicki

Jennifer Nalewicki is a Salt Lake City-based journalist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics and more. She covers several science topics from planet Earth to paleontology and archaeology to health and culture. Prior to freelancing, Jennifer was a reporter at Interior Design Magazine, and before that she held an Editor role at Time Inc. Jennifer has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.

James Price
James Price

James is Live Science’s production editor and is based near London in the U.K. Before joining Live Science, he worked on a number of magazines, including How It Works, History of War and Digital Photographer. He also previously worked in Madrid, Spain, helping to create history and science textbooks and learning resources for schools. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and History from Coventry University.

Lou Mudge, Health Writer
Lou Mudge

Lou Mudge is a health writer based in Bath, United Kingdom for Future PLC. She holds an undergraduate degree in creative writing from Bath Spa University, and her work has appeared in Live Science, Fit & Well and Coach, among others. She regularly writes about health and fitness-related topics such as air quality, gut health, sleep diet and nutrition and the impacts these things have on our lives. She has worked for the University of Bath on a chemistry research project and produced a short book in collaboration with the department of education at Bath Spa University. 

Anna Gora
Anna Gora

Anna Gora is a health writer based in Bath, United Kingdom. She is a certified personal trainer, nutritionist and health coach with nearly 10 years of professional experience. Anna holds a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, a Master’s degree in Nutrition, Physical Activity & Public Health from the University of Bristol, as well as various health coaching certificates. She is passionate about empowering people to live a healthy lifestyle and promoting the benefits of a plant-based diet.

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We always aim to provide unbiased editorial created by our journalists and writers. We also need to pay our teams and website costs so we make money in a number of ways. We sometimes use affiliate links to products and services on retailer sites for which we can receive compensation if you click on those links or make purchases through them. From time to time we also publish advertorials (paid-for editorial content) and sponsored content on the site. When this is the case the content is clearly marked as sponsored or promoted, so you’ll always know which content is editorial and which is not. Future PLC is our parent company and has an in-depth terms and conditions page with a lot more information that you can read right here

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If you think that we have not met those standards and want to make a complaint please contact community@livescience.com. If we are unable to resolve your complaint, or if you would like more information about IPSO or the Editors’ Code, contact IPSO on 0300 123 2220 or visit www.ipso.co.uk (opens in new tab).