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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.

Mission Statement

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

Our History

Live Science launched in 2004, with just three team members, as a complement to the space and astronomy news site 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.

Live Science Staff

Evan Kypreos, Brand Director

Jeanna Bryner, editor-in-chief ([email protected])

Tia Ghose, associate editor ([email protected])

Rachael Rettner, senior writer ([email protected])

Laura Geggel, associate editor ([email protected])

Mindy Weisberger, senior writer ([email protected])

Brandon Specktor, senior writer ([email protected])

Rafi Letzter, staff writer ([email protected])

Yasemin Saplakoglu, staff writer ([email protected])

Kimberly Hickok, reference editor ([email protected])

Judi Stroh, senior video producer ([email protected]

Jeanna Bryner, Editor-in-Chief 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,, 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.

Laura Geggel, Associate Editor 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. 

Nicoletta Lanese, Staff Writer
Nicoletta is a science journalist and dancer who aims to bring science to new audiences. 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. Brains are her beat. Follow her on Twitter @NicolettaML. 

Kimberly Hickok, Reference Editor 

Kimberly is the reference editor for Live Science and She has a bachelor's degree in marine biology from Texas A&M University, a master's degree in biology from Southeastern Louisiana University and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her favorite stories include animals and obscurities. A Texas native, Kim now lives in a California redwood forest. 

Judi Stroh, Senior Video Producer

Judi has been making videos for Live Science and since 2017. Before that she interviewed celebrities at and clowned around with comedians at (where she created the Emmy-winning series "The Daily Show Correspondents Explain"). She hails from Houston and got a bachelor's of science from the University of Texas College of Communications where she made her first documentary about a deaf family. Her mission is clear and humanizing storytelling with engaging music and quirky animations —and Live Science makes education that much more fun. When Judi is not producing, directing, shooting, editing, brainstorming or publishing videos, she's probably biting her nails and thinking she should do some yoga. She is an avid collector of ripe avocados and bicentennial quarters; and she has an awesome nickname and theme song!


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