Eleanor Cummins Portfolio

Eleanor Cummins is a science journalist focusing on the urban environment, especially waste and climate. A selection of her work is here in this portfolio.  

 

featured WORK

I'm a reporter interested in sharing culturally significant and emotionally impactful stories about science, health and the environment and its intersection with human values, norms and culture.

 
 
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Museums are just about the only places ready for the next natural disaster

But as once-rare storms like these become more common and more consequential (Sandy caused an estimated $70 billion in damage, behind only Hurricane Katrina), coastal communities are reorienting to a world where they might be underwater at a moment’s notice. And museums are leading the charge.

For Slate. 

 

Incredible, inedible oysters

The road to Queens was once paved with oyster shells, so plentiful was Crassostrea virginica in New York’s waters. But after centuries of mismanagement and mistreatment, there aren’t many left, and the road is reduced to good intentions. 

For Edible Queens Magazine. 

 
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Babe Ruth's cancer changed medical history

“It went from mice to Babe Ruth,” Bikhazi says with a sense of amazement, even after all these years. “There was no intermediary.”

For Popular Science. 

 

SELECTED workS

  Meet the 105-Roundabout Town

Meet the 105-Roundabout Town

  Americans used to eat pigeon all the time—and the tasty little bird could be making a comeback

Americans used to eat pigeon all the time—and the tasty little bird could be making a comeback

  Even plastic art decays, but museum curators are on it

Even plastic art decays, but museum curators are on it

  Animal, vegetable miserable

Animal, vegetable miserable

  My ancestor died of a splinter. Wait, what?

My ancestor died of a splinter. Wait, what?

  Rooftop solar panels are great for the planet—but terrible for firefighters

Rooftop solar panels are great for the planet—but terrible for firefighters

  American children deserve a better death

American children deserve a better death

  Mushrooms might save the world—if they don't kill us first

Mushrooms might save the world—if they don't kill us first

  A road trip through Atomic Town (audio)

A road trip through Atomic Town (audio)

  A new look at Captain Cook reveals how much the Arctic has changed

A new look at Captain Cook reveals how much the Arctic has changed

  Learning to farm on Mars could save agriculture on Earth

Learning to farm on Mars could save agriculture on Earth

  The surprising politics of sidewalks

The surprising politics of sidewalks

  Big box stores are dying. What do we do with all the bodies?

Big box stores are dying. What do we do with all the bodies?

  The spies who mapped large swathes of South Asia by foot

The spies who mapped large swathes of South Asia by foot