Rae Ellen Bichell

Rae Ellen Bichell appears in the following:

How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

There's more than one way to make color, nature tells us. And more than one way to use it to your own advantage.


After Losing Parents To Ebola, Orphans Face Stigma

Friday, October 03, 2014

UNICEF estimates that thousands of children in West Africa have lost parents to Ebola. Convincing communities to accept and care for these children isn't always easy.


Fair-Trade Condoms: Latex That Lets You Love The World

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Thistle extract, carrot dye and fair trade labels aren't just for tea. Condoms with fair trade and vegan certifications are moving into a market dominated by Trojan and Durex.


In Sierra Leone, A Lockdown ... Or A Time To Reflect?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sierra Leoneans scramble for supplies as a three-day, countrywide lockdown approaches. International medical professionals doubt the move will do much to halt the spread of Ebola.


Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't

Thursday, September 11, 2014

In many countries, eggs aren't refrigerated and they're still considered safe to eat. But in the U.S., we have to chill them, because we've washed away the cuticle that protects them from bacteria.


In Just 6 Generations, Butterflies Brighten Their Colors

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It's a mystery how butterflies manage to make their brilliant wing colors, but Yale physicists got a glimpse when they took the question to the lab, breeding dull brown butterflies into purple ones.


Butterfly Shifts From Shabby To Chic With A Tweak Of The Scales

Thursday, August 07, 2014

By playing with the physics of wing color, scientists get a glimpse into how butterflies get their colors, and how quickly they can evolve from brown to brilliant.


Shades Of The Middle Ages: The Plague Popped Up In China And Colorado

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Is this 2014 or 1348? The plague โ€” yes, the infamous Black Death โ€” was reported in China and Colorado. It's the same disease as the Middle Ages pandemic. Only now we know how to treat it.


A Nasty Weed May Have Helped Ancient Humans Keep Their Teeth

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Archaeologists have found that for a period of about 7,000 years, people were eating a weed that may have helped them avoid cavities. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on July 16.)


This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Turns out that for 7,000 years, snacking on nutsedge may have helped people avoid tooth decay. But at some point, the root it lost its charm. By the 1970s, it was branded "the world's worst weed."


With Help From Extinct Humans, Tibetans Adapted To High Altitude

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

When it comes to living at extreme altitudes, Tibetans may have gotten a leg up from Denisovans, a species of archaic humans that lived about 50,000 years ago.


Lone Passenger Pigeon Escapes Pie Pan, Lands In Smithsonian

Friday, June 27, 2014

Passenger pigeons used to be the most abundant bird in North America. But hunters drove them to extinction, and by 1914, only one was left. A century later, that pigeon, named Martha, is on exhibit.


Scientists Observe Springtime Changes On One Of Saturn's Moons

Monday, June 23, 2014

On Titan, summer is almost three years away. But in a dark, placid ocean of natural gas, scientists have spotted something that could be the first inkling of springtime.


From Genes To Fangs: Snake Venom Recipes Remain Mysterious

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The search for a universal treatment for snakebites is complicated by the fact that each species has a very different cocktail of toxins. Even knowing a snake's DNA might not help much.


R U Ready To Quit Smoking? Texting Can Help

Friday, June 06, 2014

For smokers hoping to quit, text messages with tips and reminders may be just as effective as phone counseling, a study finds. Texts doubled the success rate compared with people who didn't text.


Taking More Time Between Babies Reduces Risk Of Premature Birth

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Getting pregnant again within a year of giving birth boosts the chance that the second baby will be born prematurely, a study finds. The risk was especially high for black women.


Doctors Hesitate To Ask Heart Patients About End-Of-Life Plans

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Most people diagnosed with heart failure die within five years, yet doctors often don't ask them about how they want to prepare for death, a study finds. They cited lack of confidence as one reason.


For Some Olympians, Games Are Golden Ticket To Politics

Sunday, February 16, 2014

At least six former Olympians have been elected to Congress. The games offer ambitious athletes something essential to a career in politics: name recognition.


From Ashes To Ashes To Diamonds: A Way To Treasure The Dead

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Diamonds are supposed to be a girl's best friend. Now, they might also be her mother, father or grandmother. Turning your loved one's ashes into a diamond is one way to keep them close forever.


The Hunt For Meteorites Begins In Antarctica

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Each winter, a team of scientists sets out on a search for those rare shooting stars that make it to the ground instead of burning up in the sky. There aren't many better places to look for these space rocks than Antarctica, often in areas where no human has set foot before.