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.
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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, now called Purch, in 2009.
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.
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Jeanna Bryner, Managing Editor
Jeanna has been a part of Live Science since 2006, drawn to the site for its quirky character and articles about the mysteries of Earth and human behavior. Previously, she was an assistant editor at Scholastic's Science World magazine, where she gained an appreciation for the curious minds of kids. Jeanna has an English degree from Salisbury University, a master's degree in biogeochemistry and environmental sciences from the University of Maryland, and a science journalism degree from New York University. When she's not helping to shape Live Science, she enjoys all forms of exercise; reading works by her favorite author, Haruki Murakami; and playing with her sons.
Tia Ghose, Associate Editor
Tia has been Live Science's associate editor since 2017. Prior to that, Tia was a senior writer for the site, covering physics, archaeology and all things strange. Tia's work has appeared in Scientific American, Wired.com, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Tia grew up in Texas and has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, a master's degree in bioengineering from the University of Washington and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California Santa Cruz. When she's not editing stories, Tia enjoys reading dystopian fiction and hiking.
Sara G. Miller, Health Editor
Sara has been Live Science's health editor since 2017. She loves stories that bring clarity to confusing health issues or highlight curious medical conditions. Prior to editing, Sara worked as a staff writer for the site, covering health, including reporting from major medical conferences. Sara’s work has been featured in outlets such as Scientific American, The Washington Post, NBC News and Fox News. She grew up outside of Philadelphia and studied biology at Hamilton College in upstate New York.
Laura Geggel, Senior Writer
As a senior writer for Live Science, Laura Geggel covers general science, including the environment, archaeology and amazing animals. She has written for The New York Times, Scholastic, Popular Science and Spectrum, a site covering autism research. Laura grew up in Seattle and studied English literature and psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, before completing her graduate degree in science writing at NYU. When not writing, you'll find Laura playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Mindy Weisberger, Senior Writer
Mindy covers general science, including new species discoveries, unusual behaviors in humans and other animals, paleontology, Earth and ocean science, emerging technologies and the intersection of science and pop culture. She studied filmmaking at Columbia University, and before coming to Live Science, she wrote, produced and directed science videos for the Department of Exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and for the museum's science news and data visualization group, Science Bulletins. Her films about dinosaurs, biodiversity, human origins, evolution and astrophysics are on display at AMNH, on YouTube, and in museums and science centers worldwide.
Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer
Rachael covers health news, and has been with Live Science since 2010. She has a master's degree in journalism from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. A California native, she also holds a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and a Master of Science in biology from the University of California, San Diego.
Brandon Specktor, Senior Writer
Brandon writes about the science of everyday life for Live Science, and previously for Reader's Digest magazine, where he served as an editor for five years. Though he grew up in Tucson and studied journalism and creative writing at the University of Arizona, he maintains that Sonoran Hot Dogs are gross. Brandon lives in New York City with his even-nerdier wife. He tweets about science and word-nerdery @beardspeck, and draws unusual New Yorkers on Instagram @Specktor.
Rafi Letzter, Staff Writer
Rafi joined Live Science in 2017. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of journalism. You can find his past science reporting at Inverse, Business Insider and Popular Science, and his past photojournalism on the Flash90 wire service and in the pages of The Courier Post of southern New Jersey.
Yasemin Saplakoglu, Staff Writer
Yasemin writes about biology and neuroscience, among other science topics. She has a biomedical engineering bachelors from the University of Connecticut and a science communication graduate certificate from the University of California, Santa Cruz. When she's not writing, she's probably taking photos or sitting upside-down on her couch thinking about thinking and wondering if anyone else is thinking about thinking at the exact same time.
Tim Sharp, Reference Editor
Tim joined Purch in 2012 with a singular mission: launch the Reference Desk. He manages articles that explain scientific concepts, describe natural phenomena and define technical terms, primarily for Space.com and Live Science. Previously, he was a Technology Editor at The New York Times, the Online Editor at the Des Moines Register and a copy editor at several newspapers. Immediately prior to joining Purch, Tim was an editor at the Hazelden Foundation, where he developed books and training manuals for addiction recovery centers and behavioral health programs. He has a BS in journalism from the University of Kansas. Passionately curious about the universe around him, he may often be found exploring the hiking trails outside Ogden, Utah, or in his own back yard gazing up at the stars through one of his three telescopes.