Nell Greenfieldboyce 2010
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Nell Greenfieldboyce 2010
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Nell Greenfieldboyce

Correspondent, Science Desk

Nell Greenfieldboyce is a NPR science correspondent.

With reporting focused on general science, NASA, and the intersection between technology and society, Greenfieldboyce has been on the science desk's technology beat since she joined NPR in 2005.

In that time Greenfieldboyce has reported on topics including the narwhals in Greenland, the ending of the space shuttle program, and the reasons why independent truckers don't want electronic tracking in their cabs.

Much of Greenfieldboyce's reporting reflects an interest in discovering how applied science and technology connects with people and culture. She has worked on stories spanning issues such as pet cloning, gene therapy, ballistics, and federal regulation of new technology.

Prior to NPR, Greenfieldboyce spent a decade working in print, mostly magazines including U.S. News & World Report and New Scientist.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins, earning her Bachelor's of Arts degree in social sciences and a Master's of Arts degree in science writing, Greenfieldboyce taught science writing for four years at the university. She was honored for her talents with the Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists.

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An artist's depiction of the surface of the planet Proxima b as it orbits the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our solar system. The planet is a bit more massive than Earth, scientists say, and circles its star once every 11 days. ESO/M. Kornmesser/Nature hide caption

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This Planet Just Outside Our Solar System Is 'Potentially Habitable'

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Michigan Wolverines fans do the wave in support of their team as it faces the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 26, 2015, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images hide caption

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The Physics And Psychology Of 'The Wave' At Sporting Events

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The long lifespan of the Greenland shark, shown here in the cold, deep waters of the Uummannaq Fjord, may only be surpassed by that of the ocean quahog, a clam known to live as long as 507 years. Julius Nielsen/Science hide caption

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Talk About An Ancient Mariner! Greenland Shark Is At Least 272 Years Old

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Astronomers Predict Incredible Show As Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks

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In 23 states and Washington, D.C., the nighttime driving restriction for unsupervised teens begins at midnight or later. Getty Images hide caption

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Most Nighttime Crashes With Teen Drivers Happen Before Midnight

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The Mystery Of The Fireball That Lit Up The Western Sky

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Though Jupiter's red spot looks small in this photo, it's actually about 10,000 miles wide — bigger than Earth's diameter. Space Telescope Science Institute/NASA hide caption

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How Jupiter's Red Spot Makes Things High Above It Hot, Hot, Hot

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Yao honey hunter Orlando Yassene holds a male greater honeyguide temporarily captured for research in the Niassa National Reserve, Mozambique. The birds will flutter in front of people, tweet and fly from tree to tree to guide hunters to bees' nests that are hidden inside the trunks of hollow trees. This teamwork could date back thousands or even a million years. Claire Spottiswoode hide caption

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How Wild Birds Team Up With Humans To Guide Them To Honey

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About 70 percent of Earth is covered by clouds at any given moment. Their interaction with climate isn't easy to study, scientists say; these shape-shifters move quickly. NOAA/Flickr hide caption

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Climate Change May Already Be Shifting Clouds Toward The Poles

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Congress is requiring NASA to travel to Jupiter's moon Europa by 2022. Currently, it is the space agency's only new mission planned for the outer solar system. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute hide caption

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What Comes Next For NASA After Juno? Not Much

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Stacks of boxes containing critical supplies stretch almost as far as the eye can see in this Strategic National Stockpile warehouse. Courtesy of the CDC hide caption

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Inside A Secret Government Warehouse Prepped For Health Catastrophes

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This view of North America as seen in Google Earth shows colored areas that denote levels of light pollution as detailed in the New World Atlas of Artificial Sky Brightness. Fabio Falchi et al./AAAS hide caption

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Light Pollution Hides Milky Way From 80 Percent Of North Americans, Atlas Shows

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A silver-haired bat, the type that transmitted rabies to a woman in Wyoming after apparently biting her while she slept. Lyn Alweis/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Cyrtophora citricola, a type of orb-weaving spider, live in big colonies. So males potentially have a large pool of females from which to choose a mate. Buschwerk/Flickr hide caption

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She's A Man-Eater, And That's OK With Male Orb-Weaving Spiders

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