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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Ernest Hemingway's Florida home is ready for its 168th hurricane season

[F]or those in the know, the most compelling feature of the Hemingway Home and Museum may just be what you don’t see: damage from more than a century’s worth of storms.

For Popular Science. 

 

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

The history of science is for sale

The history of science is for sale

Welcome to the 105-Roundabout Town

Welcome to 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

Museums are on the cutting edge of climate preparedness

Museums are on the cutting edge of climate preparedness

Animal, vegetable miserable

Animal, vegetable miserable

My ancestor died of a splinter. Wait, what?

My ancestor died of a splinter. Wait, what?

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

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

The surprising politics of sidewalks

The surprising politics of sidewalks

A road trip through Atomic Town (audio)

A road trip through Atomic Town (audio)

Bonnie and Clyde's getaway car prefigures the self-driving future

Bonnie and Clyde's getaway car prefigures the self-driving future

American children deserve a better death

American children deserve a better death

The spies who mapped large swathes of South Asia by foot

The spies who mapped large swathes of South Asia by foot

For  Bright Wall/Dark Room , I wrote about the widow’s dangerous allure in film, television, and literature

For Bright Wall/Dark Room, I wrote about the widow’s dangerous allure in film, television, and literature

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

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

Sex, starvation, and saltwater moats: snail farms are wilder than you could ever imagine

Sex, starvation, and saltwater moats: snail farms are wilder than you could ever imagine

Learning to farm on Mars could save agriculture on Earth

Learning to farm on Mars could save agriculture on Earth