About Live Science

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Live Science is one of the biggest and most trusted popular science websites operating today, reporting on the latest discoveries, groundbreaking research and fascinating breakthroughs that impact you and the wider world.

We believe that science can help explain the things that matter to you and shine a light on everything from the mysteries of our universe to the inner workings of an atom. Our team of experienced editors and science journalists are here to guide you through the most important stories with clarity, authority and humor.

Whether you’re interested in dinosaurs or archaeology, weird physics or astronomy, health, human behavior or the mysteries of our planet — for those with a curious mind, your journey of discovery begins here.

Our mission

Our goal is to make the wonders of science and the world around us relevant, useful and interesting to everyone by informing and entertaining our readers.

When looking for the most fascinating and important stories, our staff dig through scientific journals and keep up to date with what the top institutions are working on, to investigate how science impacts current events and how new discoveries may affect you. We don’t just take scientists’ findings at face value, however — we investigate whole papers, scrutinize the results and speak to experts in the field to separate the science from the fiction. Read more about our editorial standards and how we write our articles

When we aren’t covering the latest science news, you can find us delivering in-depth features, such as the wildest conspiracy theories to the most inspiring Black scientists in past and modern history; holding a microscope to some of the oddest questions in Life’s Little Mysteries; or testing the toys, games and health products we think our readers will enjoy. Find out how we test, and why you can trust our reviews

If you would like to pitch stories to Live Science, please read our submission guidelines first.

Our history

Live Science launched in 2004 with just three team members, as a complement to the space and astronomy news site Space.com. The site received Webby Awards as an Honoree in the Science category in 2008 and 2010. It was acquired by TechMediaNetwork, later called Purch, in 2009. Future PLC acquired Purch in 2018 and is the current publisher of Live Science, operating out of New York City, London and Bath, England.

Who we are

Andy Hartup
Andy Hartup

Andy is a content director at Future, and has been working in media and journalism for over 20 years. He currently oversees Live Science, while working on projects across a number of brands at Future Plc. Andy is also a tutor in Game Design at the National Film and TV School in the UK, a photographer, and a professional mentor. In his spare time you'll find Andy out with a camera in his hand, capturing urban and night-sky landscapes, or building Lego with his son.

Alexander McNamara, Editor-in-Chief at Live Science
Alexander McNamara

Alexander McNamara is the Editor-in-Chief at Live Science, and has more than 15 years’ experience in publishing at digital titles. More than half of this time has been dedicated to bringing the wonders of science and technology to a wider audience through editor roles at New Scientist and BBC Science Focus, developing new podcasts, newsletters and ground-breaking features along the way. Prior to this, he covered a diverse spectrum of content, ranging from women’s lifestyle, travel, sport and politics, at Hearst and Microsoft. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Sheffield, and before embarking in a career in journalism had a brief stint as an English teacher in the Czech Republic. In his spare time, you can find him with his head buried in the latest science books or tinkering with cool gadgets. (alexander.mcnamara@futurenet.com)

Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer
Tia Ghose

Tia is the managing editor and was previously a senior writer for Live Science. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Wired.com and other outlets. She holds a master's in bioengineering from the University of Washington, a graduate certificate in science writing from UC Santa Cruz and a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Tia was part of a team at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that published the Empty Cradles series on preterm births, which won multiple awards, including the 2012 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. (tghose@livescience.com)

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Laura Geggel

Laura is the archaeology and Life's Little Mysteries editor at Live Science. She also reports on general science, including paleontology. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Scientific American, Scholastic, Popular Science and Spectrum, a site on autism research. She has won multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association for her reporting at a weekly newspaper near Seattle. Laura holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism with an advanced certificate in science writing from NYU. (lgeggel@livescience.com)

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Brandon Specktor

Brandon is the space channel editor at Live Science, and he was formerly a staff writer and editor at Reader's Digest magazine. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, CBS.com, the Richard Dawkins Foundation website and other outlets. He holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from the University of Arizona, with minors in journalism and media arts. He enjoys writing most about space/astronomy, geoscience and the mysteries of the universe. (brandon.specktor@futurenet.com)

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Nicoletta Lanese

Nicoletta Lanese is the health channel editor at Live Science and was previously a news editor and staff writer at the site. She holds a graduate certificate in science communication from UC Santa Cruz and degrees in neuroscience and dance from the University of Florida. Her work has appeared in The Scientist, Science News, the Mercury News, Mongabay and Stanford Medicine Magazine, among other outlets. Based in NYC, she also remains heavily involved in dance and performs in local choreographers' work. (nlanese@livescience.com)

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Hannah Osborne

Hannah Osborne is the planet Earth and animals editor at Live Science. Prior to Live Science, she worked for several years at Newsweek as the science editor. Before this she was science editor at International Business Times U.K. Hannah holds a master's in journalism from Goldsmith's, University of London. (hannah.osborne@futurenet.com)

Ben Turner
Ben Turner

Ben Turner is a U.K.-based staff writer at Live Science. He covers physics and astronomy, among other topics such as weird animals and climate change. He graduated from University College London with a degree in particle physics before training as a journalist. When he's not writing, Ben enjoys reading literature, playing the guitar and engaging in chess. (ben.turner@futurenet.com)

Harry Baker
Harry Baker

Harry is a U.K.-based staff writer at Live Science. He studied Marine Biology at the University of Exeter (Penryn campus) and after graduating started his own blog site "Marine Madness," which he continues to run with other ocean enthusiasts. He is also interested in evolution, climate change, robots, space exploration, environmental conservation and anything that's been fossilized. When not at work he can be found watching sci-fi films, playing old Pokemon games or running (probably slower than he'd like). (harry.baker@futurenet.com)

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Jennifer Nalewicki

Jennifer Nalewicki is a Salt Lake City-based journalist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics and more. She covers several science topics from planet Earth to paleontology and archaeology to health and culture. Prior to freelancing, Jennifer was a reporter at Interior Design Magazine, and before that she held an Editor role at Time Inc. Jennifer has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. (jennifer.nalewicki@futurenet.com)

James Price
James Price

James is Live Science’s production editor and is based near London in the U.K. Before joining Live Science, he worked on a number of magazines, including How It Works, History of War and Digital Photographer. He also previously worked in Madrid, Spain, helping to create history and science textbooks and learning resources for schools. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and History from Coventry University. (james.price@futurenet.com)

Lou Mudge, Health Writer
Lou Mudge

Lou Mudge is a health writer based in Bath, United Kingdom for Future PLC. She holds an undergraduate degree in creative writing from Bath Spa University, and her work has appeared in Live Science, Fit & Well and Coach, among others. She regularly writes about health and fitness-related topics such as air quality, gut health, sleep diet and nutrition and the impacts these things have on our lives. She has worked for the University of Bath on a chemistry research project and produced a short book in collaboration with the department of education at Bath Spa University. (lou.mudge@futurenet.com

Anna Gora
Anna Gora

Anna Gora is a health writer based in Bath, United Kingdom. She is a certified personal trainer, nutritionist and health coach with nearly 10 years of professional experience. Anna holds a bachelor's degree in nutrition from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, a master's degree in Nutrition, Physical Activity & Public Health from the University of Bristol, as well as various health coaching certificates. She is passionate about empowering people to live a healthy lifestyle and promoting the benefits of a plant-based diet. (anna.gora@futurenet.com)

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Sascha Pare

Sascha is a U.K.-based trainee staff writer at Live Science. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Southampton and a Master’s degree in Science Communication from Imperial College London. Besides writing, she enjoys playing tennis, bread-making and browsing second-hand shops for hidden gems. (sascha.pare@futurenet.com)

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Emily Cooke

Emily is a health news writer based in London, United Kingdom. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Durham University and a master's degree in clinical and therapeutic neuroscience from Oxford University. She has worked in science communication, medical writing and as a local news reporter while undertaking journalism training. In 2018, she was named one of MHP Communications' 30 journalists to watch under 30. (emily.cooke@futurenet.com

Elise Poore
Elise Poore

Elise studied marine biology at the University of Portsmouth in the U.K. She has worked as a freelance journalist focusing on the aquatic realm. Elise is working with Live Science through Future Academy, a program to train future journalists on best practices in the field.

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