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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Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

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Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

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How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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