Megan Cartwright
Megan Cartwright

Megan Cartwright is a Ph.D. candidate in toxicology at the University of Washington and was a 2015 Mass Media Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Follow her on Twitter or through her blog, Science-Based Writing.

Medical Examiner
Jan. 29 2016 8:26 AMLead Paint, Lead Toys, Lead Dietary SupplementsThe lead pipes in Flint, Michigan, are a tiny part of a huge problem.
Science
Aug. 21 2015 11:35 AMTreacherous ElementThe most beautiful, practical, and poisonous uses of lead in history.
Future Tense
Aug. 18 2015 5:01 PMHow a Meat Industry Byproduct Could Make Solar Panels Cheaper
Science
Aug. 10 2015 4:35 AMSocial StingersWhy are hornets and yellow jackets so aggressive this time of year?
Outward
Aug. 3 2015 2:38 PMWhy Do We Know So Little About How Sexual Orientation Develops in Women?
Wild Things
July 24 2015 3:04 PMBlack Widows Could Teach Pickup Artists How to Up Their Game
Medical Examiner
July 22 2015 5:56 AMWhat Ailments Were These Horrific Medical Treatments Supposed to Cure?The 17th century was a terrible time to suffer from apoplexy.
Lexicon Valley
July 9 2015 1:36 PMWhy Do Secular Scientists Keep Talking About Animal Sacrifice?  
Wild Things
June 30 2015 5:46 PMDon’t Forget: Eating These Clams Can Cause Amnesia
Wild Things
June 24 2015 5:00 PMPoisonous Birds Prove That Nature Wants You Dead
Wild Things
June 22 2015 3:50 PMPlatypus Venom Causes Excruciating Pain That You Will Feel for Months
Classes
Aug. 31 2015 5:00 AMThe Biggest DonationStudying anatomy taught me that the human body is not magical; it’s beautifully mechanical.
Medical Examiner
Aug. 19 2015 11:44 AMDo Chewing Sounds Make You Crazy?The condition has a name—misophonia—and a very small but contentious community of researchers.
Science
Aug. 11 2015 1:41 PMBiological WarfareThe parasite of my parasite is my friend.
20x
Aug. 5 2015 11:33 AMPubMed All Day, Captain Awkward All NightEvery website a Slate science writer visits more than 20 times a month.
Science
July 30 2015 7:01 PMWhy Cecil Was Such an Important LionIn videos, photos, and scientific research papers, he was a star.
Science
July 24 2015 10:10 AMBed-Wetting Is Not a Moral FailingThe bizarre, desperate, occasionally cruel medical treatments for a common complaint.
Science
July 13 2015 11:50 AMScience’s Superior SuperheroAnt-Man would be much more awesome if based on actual ants.
Medical Examiner
July 2 2015 1:38 AMDon’t Go in the WaterWhy a nasty parasite is thriving in chlorinated swimming pools and water parks.
Wild Things
June 29 2015 2:07 PMThese Men Died Trying to Achieve Epic Erections
Wild Things
June 23 2015 1:48 PMWhat It’s Like to Nearly Die From the Venom of a Blue-Ringed Octopus
Wild Things
June 16 2015 12:04 PMBiology Finally Explains Why Honey Badger Don’t Care