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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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Insights Into The Extinction Of The Passenger Pigeon

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Researchers found that when narwhals like these were released from a net, the animals' heart rates dropped even as they were swimming rapidly. Flip Nicklin/ Minden Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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Stressed-Out Narwhals Don't Know Whether To Freeze Or Flee, Scientists Find

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An artist's conception of the most-distant supermassive black hole ever discovered, which is part of a quasar from just 690 million years after the Big Bang. Robin Dienel/Courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science/Nature hide caption

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Trump Picks Businessman To Lead NOAA

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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this image of southern Scandinavia lit up at night. A green aurora is visible over the horizon. NASA hide caption

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Earth Is Lit, And That's A Problem

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Martha (right), the last known passenger pigeon, died in 1914. Her preserved body is now on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Why Did The Passenger Pigeon Go Extinct? The Answer Might Lie In Their Toes

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Archaeology workers toil in front of the Great Pyramid, in Giza, Egypt, in 2010. Researchers say they've discovered a new room inside the ancient structure. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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Scientists Say They've Found Hidden Space In Great Pyramid Of Giza

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Trump's Nominee To Be The Next Head Of NASA Prepares For Senate Hearing

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Diagram of the path of a space rock from outside our solar system — the first ever observed. Brooks Bays / SOEST Publication Services / UH Institute for Astronomy hide caption

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D.C. Master Patrol Officer Benjamin Fettering shows a body camera worn in place of a normal radio microphone before a news conference in 2014. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Body Cam Study Shows No Effect On Police Use Of Force Or Citizen Complaints

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Macaques are social animals, whether in a group enclosure like this one at the Gelsenkircen zoo in western Germany, or in the wild. But many research monkeys are still housed in separate cages. Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Push To House More Lab Monkeys In Pairs

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The collision of two neutron stars, seen in an artist's rendering, created both gravitational waves and gamma rays. Researchers used those signals to locate the event with optical telescopes. Robin Dienel/Carnegie Institution for Science hide caption

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Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars

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Adult female with young male coming in (without collar) to her kill. Mark Elbroch/Panthera/Science hide caption

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Pumas Are Not Such Loners After All

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