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


An ecological periodic table could help scientists predict what will happen as climate change forces ecosystems to evolve. But is such a thing possible?

Hearing loss due to loud noise or certain medicines is irreversible, but soon we might be able to prevent hearing loss before it begins.

Why do some people become more aggressive, even violent, after they've had a few drinks?

Nutria are jumbo-sized rodents that reproduce and eat at a jumbo-sized pace.

Helium balloons are dangerous to the environment and wildlife — so why isn't releasing them illegal?

Cheddar Man was a dark-skinned, blue-eyed Stone Age Brit. You don't see those every day.

Two new studies show that regular use of ibuprofen might lower men's fertility, and even that of a woman's unborn daughter.

English mathematician Benjamin Gompertz formulated the first natural law of the way we die.

Dimethylpolysiloxane has many uses, not the least of which might be curing baldness.

Naked mole rats are famous for their longevity, but they also don't age like the rest of us do.

Ice cream that won't melt sounds like an impossible idea, but it's available now in Japan.

We might not be able to reanimate a corpse, but Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' has influenced the research and ethics of scientists for 200 years.

The first 'manned' mission to the moon since the 1970s will be populated by bugs and plants.

The Gulf corvina is the loudest fish on the planet, helping lead to its overfishing and endangerment.

Dust traveling over the Atlantic from North Africa feeds both phytoplankton that makes the oxygen we breath and the bacteria that could kill us.

Insects are crucial to the functioning of every ecosystem on the planet. Now they're disappearing, and nobody's sure why.

Fecal transplants have been proven effective in treating C. diff bacterial infections, but a new pill might be cheaper and less invasive.

Some people are afraid of snakes or heights or plane crashes. For people with telephobia, a phone call is a big fat "no-can-do."

Your favorite comic book superhero might be saving the world, but at what carbon cost?

Until now, it would be difficult to find a tattoo artist willing to ink your loved one's DNA into your skin. But times are changing in the tattoo world.