Marcus Woo

Marcus Woo

Science Journalist

My work has appeared in a variety of outlets, including Wired, Smithsonian, BBC Future, BBC Earth, New Scientist, National Geographic, Slate, and Discover. (

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National Public Radio

More Than Bread: Sourdough As a Window Into The Microbiome ...

Home bakers in the U.S., Europe and some other countries have volunteered their sourdough starters to a team of American scientists who want to unravel the microbial secrets of sourdough.

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When Driverless Cars Crash, Who Pays? | Inside Science

A new model assesses the likelihood of a driverless car crash.

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How Flamingos Stand on One Leg

A one-legged stance doesn't need much effort.

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3-D Printing the Way to Bionic Humans

A pressure sensor printed directly on a hand is a step toward new biomedical devices, "on the fly" wearable technology, and more.

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The most mysterious star in the galaxy

A star that flickers and dims is so strange that some have evoked aliens, but what is really going on?

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BRIEF: Why Athletes Hit the Wall | Inside Science

Findings could lead to a future drug that mimics the health benefits of exercise.

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Do You Smell What I Smell?

A new study with potato chips suggests we all perceive scents differently, but culture tells us to agree when naming them.

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BRIEF: The Science of an Airy Meringue -- With Chickpeas | Inside ...

The vegan substitute works just as well as egg whites.

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National Geographic

Snake Kills Bigger Snakes With World's Most Powerful Squeeze

No one knew how the king snake could take on snakes larger than itself—until now.

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Planets May Grow from 'Dust Traps' Around Stars | Inside Science

New simulations could help solve long-standing mystery in astrophysics.

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The cosmic explosions that made the Universe

A mysterious cosmic factory is producing lithium. Scientists are now getting closer to finding out where it comes from.

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Why the Multiverse Isn’t Just Madness

The multiverse—the idea that infinite universes stretch beyond our own—has gained traction among physicists. But others think it’s just a multi-mess.

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Are We There Yet? Wolf Spiders Use Their Eyes as Odometers

Their eight eyes take on different tasks to assist in navigation.

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New Scientist

The paradox powering Earth's magnetic field | New Scientist

Our planet’s protective force field appears to be billions of years older than the mechanism that got it going. So what really made Earth magnetic?

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The unexpected ingredient necessary for life

If our planet were a cold, dead rock, life as we know it probably could not exist. Fortunately, Earth itself is alive