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Rachel Wayne

strategic storyteller and creative communicator

Location icon United States

I'm a feature writer specializing in reported essays, profiles, and media releases. Previously, I worked for the University of Florida as a magazine editor and science writer.

From Kinshasa to Gainesville

In a locked room at Smathers Library on the UF campus, rows of manila folders and stacks of cardboard boxes are filled with polyester sleeves and simple copy paper, among which hide one of Smathers' - and the world's - most unique collections.

Vodou and Valency

By Rachel Wayne The tiny island nation of Haiti holds centuries of history from another continent. Sung in Creole, the sacred songs of Haitian Vodou impart the rich spirituality and diverse languages of West African cultures in a long-running oral tradition.

Conservation Clues

by Rachel Wayne Ecological modeling. Saving the world. The two go hand-in-hand for theoretical ecologist and evolutionary biologist Bob Holt, who recently joined a team of nine scientists to describe how conservation models must be designed with consideration of climate change.

The Big Chirp

With considerable involvement of UF researchers, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, has detected two "chirps" of gravitational waves - a cute phrase for an epic cosmic event, the merger and collapse of two black holes.

The Thing We Don't Admit About Sex

Real people share how the media contributed to their orgasm gap Candles appeared out of nowhere and illuminated the bed in a warm glow. Soft music played as the silky sheets stretched and swelled and collapsed over writhing bodies. Lips pressed tenderly against each other beneath eyes closed in bliss.

Denison Magazine
Summer 2018 - Open Mic - Magma Master - Denison Magazine

Associate Professor and Chair of Geosciences Erik Klemetti is hot on the trail of volcanic ... | Denison Magazine is the flagship publication of Denison University, Denison Magazine is published three times a year by the Office of University Communications

How do sea snakes in salt water get a drink? - Futurity

New research solves the mystery of how sea snakes, who live surrounded by salty ocean water, stay hydrated. Previously, scientists thought that sea snakes were able to drink seawater, but recent research has shown that they need to access freshwater.

How big plant-eating animals affect biodiversity - Futurity

A new study may upend a widely held ecological theory about how grazing herbivores influence their ecosystems. The theory holds that plant-hungry creatures help shape ecosystems by mowing down dominant plants that might smother other plants, thus enhancing biodiversity-but only if the area is lush.

Merging galaxies fuel supermassive black holes - Futurity

New research offers a preview of what will likely happen in our own cosmic backyard when our Milky Way combines with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy and their respective central black holes smash together. No need to worry, though-this process is several billion years away and takes a billion years itself.

We Are All Archie Carr's Children

When UF Distinguished Professor of Biology Karen Bjorndal PHD'79 was an undergraduate student in the 1970s, she set her research sights on iguanas. Set on going to the Galápagos, she embarked on a six-month research trip to study the social behavior of land iguanas, but soon found herself enthralled by a different reptile.

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