Shannon Hall

Award-Winning Freelance Science Journalist


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Yellowstone Supervolcano Could Be an Energy Source. But Should It?
National Geographic, August 2018

"The national park could power the entire continental U.S. with clean energy. Here’s why it remains untapped."

Summer Solstice 2018: The Search for Life in the Galaxy
The New York Times, June 2018

"As you mark the longest day of the year, consider the debate among astronomers over whether Earth’s tilt toward the sun helps make life on our world and others possible."

A New World's Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine
Quanta Magazine, May 2018

"Scientists argue that there’s an undiscovered giant planet far beyond the orbit of Neptune. A newly discovered rocky body has added evidence to the circumstantial case for it."

Earth's Tectonic Activity May Be Crucial for Life — and Rare in Our Galaxy*
Scientific American, July 2017

"Some researchers argue that shifting plates, which have the ability to help regulate a planet’s temperature over billions of years, are a crucial ingredient for life. This connection raises the tantalizing possibility that if scientists could find exoplanets that quake and rumble, they might be able to find life beyond our Pale Blue Dot."

*This story was honored with the 2018 David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism.