Anna Funk

Dr. Anna Funk is a writer, editor, and ecologist.

Tokyo Olympics
Olympic world records broken in 2021: The science behind the spectacle
Anna Funk
At the Tokyo Olympics, runners are shattering old records left and right. Here's the science behind how Olympic athletes keep breaking world records.
Tokyo Olympics
The physics of skateboarding: How Olympians master science to win
Anna Funk
“At some point, gravity’s going to win, no matter how fast you’re going.”
Olympic Science
Twisties and yips: Simone Biles reveals a powerful mind-body connection
Anna Funk
An expert explains why versions of “lost move syndrome” are a real problem for all athletes. This umbrella term covers the "yips" and "twisties."
Just a number
A dangerous Olympic myth about age is being debunked
Anna Funk
“It’s advantageous for the young gymnast to see that your career can go past the age of 16.”
Science
Earth Day: Saving biodiversity doesn't mean "keeping people out of nature"
Anna Funk
Only 17 percent of Earth’s land has actually been uninhabited over the past 12,000 years.
Frog hack
Self-healing “Xenobots” mean a future with living machines
Anna Funk
“Biological machines” redefine what scientists consider life.
Inception
Scientists can implant false memories — and reverse them
Anna Funk
Scientists figure out two new ways to root out false memories.
Molten
Magma ocean discovery illuminates Earth’s extremely metal past
Anna Funk
Researchers find physical signatures of Earth’s primordial magma ocean.
Reverse, reverse
An ancient ‘iron-smelting site’ may reveal Earth's magnetic future
Anna Funk
A new study finds a 700-year-old geomagnetic anomaly.