Lauren Leffer

Lauren is a former bug scientist and now a science and environmental writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a breaking news reporter at Gizmodo.

Her work has appeared in Popular Science, National Geographic, Audubon Magazine, and elsewhere. Previously, she was a research biologist, entomologist, park naturalist, and curriculum writer.

In addition to reporting and writing journalism, she has experience in fact checking, editing, audio production, video, and creative non-fiction. When she’s not working, she’s (hopefully) hiking.

Health

New Brain Scan Study Reveals How A Psychedelic Trip Looks In Real Time

Recent research offers an unprecedented glimpse into the neurobiology of psychedelics.

ByLauren Leffer
Science

Climate Change is Triggering an Unexpected and Fundamental Planetary Change

A surprising interplay between ice melt and physics means Earth’s days are getting longer

ByLauren Leffer
Science

The Hottest Year Ever Has Just Broken a New Type of Record

For 12 months, the average global temperature has been more than 1.5C above pre-industrial records– but that doesn’t mean it’s permanent.

ByLauren Leffer
Health

Lead, Arsenic, and Other Toxic Metals are Lurking in Commonly Purchased Tampons

Not all of these compounds are inherently harmful — here’s what you need to know.

ByLauren Leffer
Science

Baby Birds Born In Chernobyl Have Weird Microbiomes But Are Surprisingly Healthy

The lasting impacts of the Chernobyl disaster on wildlife aren’t straightforward, a new study found.

ByLauren Leffer
Science

Alaska’s Glaciers are Speeding Towards a Crucial Tipping Point

Here's why the old models got it so wrong.

ByLauren Leffer
Science

Scientists Uncovered New Clues About The Diets of Our Most Mysterious Ancient Human Cousins

We now know more about what Denisovans ate and how they survived amid the especially harsh conditions of the Tibetan Plateau.

ByLauren Leffer
Science

Scientists Have Found a New Climate Tipping Point

Hotter oceans are set to trigger a feedback loop of runaway melting.

ByLauren Leffer
Health

Swapping Meat for the Fake Stuff May Actually Have Real Heart Health Benefits

Lower cholesterol, less saturated fat, more fiber — pass the veggie burgers.

ByLauren Leffer
Health

Eliminating This Common Pollutant Could Actually Lead to More Forest Fires

Inconvenient as it may be, some types of atmospheric pollution cool the planet.

ByLauren Leffer
Health

This is What Happens When You Breathe in Microplastics

A map and model of where plastic particles travel inside the lungs help us better understand the health effects

ByLauren Leffer
Science

What Actually Happened To The ‘Doomsday Glacier?’ Here’s What Satellite Data Shows

A new study offers a hint to why melt models haven’t kept up with reality.

ByLauren Leffer
Health

Huge Meta-Analysis Shows This Ancient Diet Is Full of Health Benefits

The new work looked at 49 reviews spanning more than 20 years of diet and health research.

ByLauren Leffer
Health

Can You Replay Conversations In Your Head? If Not, You Might Struggle With These Common Tasks

Let’s hear it for the (interally) silent minority.

ByLauren Leffer
Health

A Wild New Study Sheds Light On Why Exercise Is So Good For Our Brains

Researchers unearth exercise secrets from a biomolecular soup of synthetic innervated muscle tissue.

ByLauren Leffer
Mind and Body

Covid-19 is here to stay. Should you still try to avoid it?

Avoiding infection is still worthwhile.

ByLauren Leffer
Science

The dangerous way tourism is polluting Antarctica and accelerating melting

Even the most remote place on Earth isn’t safe from pollution.

ByLauren Leffer
Science

This "green" solution might have made cars even worse for the planet

Corn has consequences.

ByLauren Leffer
Monkeying Around

Chimps use crushed bugs to treat wounds like we use Neosporin

This challenges our definition of empathy.

ByLauren Leffer
Science

A new study is complicating the idea that ‘Meat Made Us Human”

A widely accepted theory on meat's role in human evolution could be the result of sampling bias.

ByLauren Leffer