Tracy Staedter

Contributing Writer

Tracy Staedter covers health and technology for HowStuffWorks. As a science journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she has worked for numerous science publications, including Seeker, Discovery, HowStuffWorks, MIT Technology Review, Scientific American, Astronomy and Earth. In 1999, she authored the children’s science book, "Rocks and Minerals," part of the Reader’s Digest Pathfinders series. She also founded the Boston-based writing workshop Fresh Pond Writers, which caters to creative nonfiction and fiction writers.

Recent Contributions

Antarctic Farm Could One Day Journey to Mars

The high-tech greenhouse will brave frigid temperatures, a long, dark winter and extremely low humidity in order to provide fresh produce to Antarctic residents.

Flying, On-demand Taxis Are Taking Off

And in less than a decade they could save you from being stuck in heavy traffic.

Constellations of Internet Satellites Will Beam Broadband Everywhere

And those satellites could provide you with crazy fast internet service.

Pop​-​up Wetlands Helping Migrating Shorebirds

A new study on The Nature Conservancy's pilot BirdReturns program finds that renting rice fields from farmers for migrating birds works.

Wasted Bread Is Being Brewed Into Craft Beer

You know that last loaf of bread that no one wants? It could get transformed into microbrews, courtesy of an organization that's passionate about both ending food waste and making delicious beer.

Why the U.S. Needs a Backup for GPS

The signals from GPS satellites are fundamental to every network in the United States. What happens if that critical but vulnerable system is attacked or simply fails?

An App for Visually Impaired People to Experience the Total Solar Eclipse

After all, it's not just the light that changes when the moon passes in front of the sun.

When Your Face Is Your Boarding Pass

It's happened to all of us. You're at the front of the line, about to board, when you realize you can't find your paper boarding pass. Or it won't pull up on your phone. Facial recognition technology could change that — and help with security, too.

Virtual Reality Arcades Are Getting Real in the U.S.

And they look super fun, whether you're a gamer or not.

Electricity-free Fridge Could Change Millions of Lives

Food spoilage is an urgent issue for the millions of people with unreliable electricity — or no electricity at all. A supercool $35 fridge could change that common scenario.

Scientists Control Cells With Light, Make Cool Artwork

But the artwork is just the beginning of how scientists hope to boss around engineered bacteria.

A First for Airports: Flapping Robo-falcon to Scare Away Birds

A drone bird's the word at Canada's Edmonton International Airport.

Estonia's e-Residency Gives Brexit Businesses a Way to Stay in the EU

Post-Brexit, applications for Estonia's e-Residency program are soaring. But what does becoming an Estonian e-Resident actually allow you to do?

Aromatherapy Shows Promise for Stressed Horses

Humans may not be the only animals that dig a soothing whiff of lavender oil.