Here, in no particular order, are some blog ideas we’ve been throwing around. If you’re looking for science writing opportunities and you want to take on one of these topics, let’s talk!

  • The biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions and what we can do to mitigate them
  • Invasive species in Illinois
  • The engineering, geology, and physics of building supertall skyscrapers
  • What are all of those chemicals in shampoo, skin creams, and cosmetics that commercials claim are so helpful?
  • What is cancer immunotherapy?
  • Why do Chicago’s roads become riddled with potholes every winter? Is there a solution?
  • The psychological benefits of exercise, meditation, and other healthy behaviors.
  • How is climate change putting us at greater risk for mosquito- and tick-borne illness?
  • How AR-15s work
  • The Dunning-Kruger effect vs. imposter syndrome
  • How is technology used agriculture?
  • “Supercharged” water and whether it has any grounding in scientific fact
  • Is organic/non-GMO/gluten-free food actually healthier?
  • The next mission to the Moon and beyond

Themes we’re interested in:

  • Can you explain your scientific research in a way everyone can understand? (e.g., conservation genetics)
  • Celebrating accomplished women, minority, and LGBT scientists (e.g., Alice Hamilton)
  • The surprising history of major scientific discoveries (e.g., antidepressants)
  • Odd episodes from scientific history and the impact they have today (e.g LSD and the elephant)
  • The importance of basic research
  • The science of everyday objects (e.g., how candles work)