Ellen Ruppel Shell

Ellen Ruppel Shell is the co-director of the Graduate Program in Science Journalism at Boston University. She is the author of Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture.

  • fat stuff

    As the author of a book on obesity (The Hungry Gene) I cannot resist responding to Ed's observation that restaurant goers tend to order unhealthy…

  • Cheap Thrills

    It's wonderful to be here with you, blogging on the Atlantic site.  I've got a new book coming out next month:  Cheap:  The High Cost of Discount…

  • New World Syndrome

    Spam and turkey tails have turned Micronesians into Macronesians. A case study of how fatty Western plenty is taking a disastrous toll on people in developing countries

  • Does Civilization Cause Asthma?

    Asthma is growing at an alarming and puzzling rate in industrialized countries, and the answers to the mystery of its origins may lie in our very attempts to prevent childhood disease

  • Could Mad-Cow Disease Happen Here?

    Britain's horrifying experience taught us a few things, but perhaps not enough to preclude an outbreak of our own

  • Malaria: Resurgence of a Deadly Disease

    Malaria kills roughly twice as many people worldwide as AIDS, drugs no longer work against some strains, and mosquitoes in diverse parts of the United States now carry the disease.

  • An Element of Doubt

    Disinterested research casts doubt on claims that lead poisoning from paint is widespread among American children. Ironically, lead-paint removal can be a cause of poisoning

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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.

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Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

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The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

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Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

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Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

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Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

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