Shelby Nilsen

Shelby Nilsen

Shelby Nilsen writes research-backed health and science content for lay audiences. Her work focuses on climate change, public health, and the intersection of science with daily life. She is a full-time traveler, pathology enthusiast, and lover of bad puns. Connect with Shelby via her website.


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Social Media and Vaccine Misinformation

By Shelby Nilsen (@shellbeegrace) Social Media and Vaccine Misinformation Spread Surveys of nearly 2,500 Americans found that people who use traditional media are less likely to be misinformed about vaccines than social media users. Additionally, the level of trust an individual has in medical experts seems to affect the likelihood ...
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The water bear or moss piglet is a tiny invertebrate that's been around on Earth for more than half a billion years. This is a giant model at the AMNH's "Life at the Limits" exhibit. Photo courtesy of Eden, Janine, and Jim(CC BY 2.0)

Even the Resilient Tardigrade Has an Achilles Heel

By Shelby Nilsen (@shellbeegrace) Climate change is already affecting many habitats and ecosystems. As a result, scientists are working to understand how the rising temperatures we face might affect extant animals—that is, those species that are still surviving—including tardigrades, some of the toughest organisms around, which are well known for ...
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Children Create Foundation for New Language in Minutes

By Shelby Nilsen (@shellbeegrace) Human language is unlike any other form of natural communication. It is the fundamental mechanism that we as a society use to exchange information. Using oral sounds and written characters, we express our needs and ask questions. We describe our thoughts and opinions, tell stories, and ...
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