Wynne Parry

Journalist, Science Writer

Location icon United States

Mostly, I write about science – the nagging questions, the controversies, and the clever solutions generated when we try to better understand ourselves and our world. But I am game for any good story. My work has appeared in numerous scientific and general interest publications, including Quanta Magazine, LiveScience.com, The New York Times, the New York Post, ScientificAmerican.com, Txchnologist.com and the New York Genome Center’s blog. Prior to focusing on science, I covered education for the Stamford Advocate in Connecticut.

Dinosaur Fossil Smuggler Gets 3-Month Sentence

An international drama centering on the restored skeleton of a predatory dinosaur began on the auction block two years ago and came to a close here in a Manhattan courtroom today (June 3). Eric Prokopi, the man who pleaded guilty to charges he smuggled these fossils and others into the United States, was sentenced to three months in federal prison.

Can iPod Powered Scarecrows Protect Africa's Farms?

The problem and the basic solution are ancient. Farmers plant crops, animals raid them, and farmers put up scarecrows to frighten off the marauders. Now, researchers are combining common technologies with insight into animal behavior to update the ancient scarecrow in the hopes of helping the most vulnerable of growers.

Cell Phones Help Detect Disease Outbreaks in Papua New Guinea

In developing countries, a lack of resources can make keeping tabs on outbreaks difficult. In Papua New Guinea, an island nation in the southwestern Pacific, health officials are turning to cell phones, an abundant technology here and elsewhere in the developing world, to help address this challenge.

Quanta Magazine
RNA's Secret Life Outside the Cell

For decades, researchers have been finding DNA and its sister, RNA, circulating in the body, outside the safe interior of cells where these molecules do their essential work of storing and translating the code of life.

Quanta Magazine
Evolution as Opportunist: Modeling Study Provides New Evidence for Exaptation

Evolution is littered with examples of opportunism. Hosts infected by viruses found new uses for the genetic material the agents of disease left behind; metabolic enzymes somehow came to refract light rays through the eye's lens; mammals took advantage of the sutures between the skull bones to help their young pass through the birth canal; and, in the signature example, feathers appeared in fossils before the ancestors of modern birds took to the skies.

Despite Legal Challenge, Tyrannosaur Sells for $1 million

NEW YORK - A nearly complete tyrannosaur skeleton has sold for just over $1 million, in spite of a call to halt its auction because the fossils may have been taken illegally from Mongolia. During an auction this afternoon (May 20), Heritage Auctions sold the Tyrannosaurus bataar specimen to an anonymous bidder on the condition that the sale receive court approval.

Spring Shows Earlier and Earlier for Many Plants, Animals

NEW YORK - A tiny, cloverlike plant with heart-shaped leaflets caught Steve Brill's attention as he scanned the ground of a Brooklyn park. "We have really messed up our climate if this plant, which dies in November, is alive now," Brill announced as he introduced the plant, yellow wood sorrel, to the group following him.

Unusually Warm Winter, But Is It Climate Change?

In Washington, D.C., the annual cherry blossom festival has been moved up thanks to signs of early an bloom; in New York City, a winter festival was canceled because temperatures were too high for artificial snow; and in many other cities, big savings have been realized without snow and ice to clear from roads.

Stamford Advocate
A class apart -- former Wright Tech seniors prepare to graduate

After the state closed the school in late July, these students scattered. In the school year's first quarter, Mckeithen, who had been a B average student, said she "kind of freaked out." Sixteen of these students returned to Stamford's public schools, according to district spokeswoman Sarah Arnold.

The New York Times
A Wing and a Prayer

When Eduardo Urbina's pet pigeon disappeared from his apartment in Spanish Harlem three summers ago, he suspected something nefarious. Mr. Urbina, a street vendor who sells hats and watches along Third Avenue in the East 80s, recalled having seen a burly man with dreadlocks scooping live pigeons off Third Avenue with a fishing net, then depositing them into the back of his van.

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