Jesslyn Shields

Jesslyn Shields is a freelance science writer working out of Athens, Georgia. She writes about brand new research for HowStuffWorks. Since 2010, Jesslyn's written science news and content for educational videos, because she loves to always have something new to yammer on about at parties. You can find her online at


Sure, hedgehogs are cute as heck, but do you think one really wants to live in your house?

That hunk of glowing salt sure is pretty, but can it improve the health of my home?

It's called geophagy and it's a relatively common practice all over the world, but nobody's completely sure why.

One of the most famous buildings in the world has burned. What did it take to build it in the first place?

The blobfish is actually pretty average looking in its normal habitat.

Modern color theory got its start with, believe it or not, Sir Isaac Newton, who also discovered a little thing called gravity and invented calculus.

Sure, opossums eat out of your trashcan, but they're also strange little superheroes.

Scientists are banking frozen DNA in the hope of saving endangered animals in the future.

What was once fringe science is becoming mainstream — scientists now believe that humans may be able to detect Earth's magnetic field.

Surprisingly, sheep semen stored for 50 years produced perfectly healthy lambs.

The moon's getting a new, space-proof library that will serve as an archive for all humanity.

Sealab was a U.S. Navy program that allowed undersea divers to go deeper and stay underwater longer. So why did it disappear?

The world's largest bee, lost to science for 38 years, has been rediscovered on a remote island in Indonesia.

The toilet hasn't evolved much in 400 years, but modern science is hoping to change that.

Many marine and aquatic mammals can survive without breathing by slowing their heart rates and redirecting blood from their extremities to their brains, hearts and muscles.

He taught the colonists about the process of inoculation, helping to save countless lives.

A new robot ant uses the same technology desert ants use to safely, efficiently navigate through the searing Saharan sun.

How much toothpaste is too much? Turns out, kids just need a little smear.

In a high-traffic city like Denver, a booming cannabis industry could make air quality even worse.

Sastrugi are gorgeous snow formations found in the polar north, but they're also no fun to travel over.