Shannon Hall


Award-Winning Freelance Science Journalist

News Stories From 2015


A Turning Point in Combating Climate Change May Be Here
Scientific American, December 2015

Hawaii's Telescope Controversy Is the Latest in a Long History of Land-Ownership Battles
Scientific American, December 2015

Archaeologists Survey Seaplanes Sunk During Pearl Harbor Attack
Scientific American, December 2015

Little Fusion, Deep Learning and Other World Changing Ideas
Scientific American, December 2015

5 Reasons to Thank Your Lucky Constants This Thanksgiving
Scientific American, November 2015

The Case of the Disappearing Quasars
Scientific American, November 2015

Astronomers Indirectly Spot Neutrinos Released Just 1 Second after the Birth of the Universe
Scientific American, November 2015

Geologists Confirm Mantle Plumes Generate Volcanic Hotspots
Scientific American, November 2015

Bubbling From the Deep
Dormancy, October 2015

Exxon Knew about Climate Change Almost 40 Years Ago
Scientific American, October 2015

A Strong Work Ethic Brings Sick Doctors to Work
Scientific American, October 2015

Hubble's Looming Deathbed
Dormancy, October 2015

Drifting with Daydreams
Dormancy, October 2015

A Dusty Mystery Around AU Miscroscopii
Sky & Telescope, October 2015

Light from Universe's First Stars Spotted in Hubble Photos
Scientific American, October 2015

VW Scandal Causes Small but Irreversible Environmental Damage
Scientific American, September 2015

The Supervolcano Under Yellowstone is Alive and Kicking
Nautilus, August 2015

Is it Time to Embrace Unverified Theories?
Nautilus, August 2015

6 Graphs That Showed Landmark Discoveries But Were Later Debunked
Nautilus, August 2015

Is Coloring Within the Lines the New Form of Meditation?
Nautilus, July 2015

A Visual History of Humantiy's Exploration of Pluto
Nautilus, July 2015

Black Hole Too Big for its Breeches
Sky & Telescope, July 2015

Why Fireworks Displays Can't Include a Perfect Red, White and Blue
Nautilus, July 2015

What Do Aliens See at the End of Their Days?
Nautilus, June 2015

Fallingwater: A Building that Bonds with Nature and Dances with Time
Nautilus, June 2015

The Recklessness of Playing God with the Planet
Scienceline, June 2015

Microwave Ovens Spark Radio Signals
Sky & Telescope, May 2015

Science and Religion Clash Over Telescope Construction on Sacred Summit
Discover, May 2015

Moose are in a Climate Noose
Motherboard, May 2015

Giant Whales' Mouths Have Unique Nerves: They Stretch
Live Science, May 2015

Snapshot of a Storm: Scientists Capture 1st 'Image' of Thunder
Live Science, May 2015

Satellite Photos Aiding Nepal Earthquake Recovery Efforts
SPACE.com, May 2015

Best Evidence Yet That Black Holes Really Exist
Sky & Telescope, May 2015

Century-Old 'Mini-Supernova' Captured in Gorgeous NASA Photo
SPACE.com, May 2015

Size of the Milky Way Upgraded, Solving Galaxy Puzzle
SPACE.com, May 2015

Chile Volcano Unleashes Massive Plume of Ash (Photo)
Live Science, May 2015

Aurora Flare-ups on Jupiter Cuased by volcanic Moon Io
SPACE.com, April 2015

Newborn Star Erupts After Binging on Gas and Dust
SPACE.com, April 2015

The Last Hubble Servicing Mission: Q&A with Photograph Michael Soluri
SPACE.com, April 2015

'Infinite Worlds': NASA's Last Hubble Telescope Mission in Photos by Michael Soluri
SPACE.com, April 2015

Abandoned Baby Tiger Triplets Thrive with Zoo's Aid
Live Science, April 2015

Where in the US are People Most Worried About Climate Change?
Live Science, April 2015

Giant Radio Telescope Peels Away Magnetic Field Shrouding a Black Hole
SPACE.com, April 2015

Spooky Ring of Light Created by Arctic's Ice-Mapping Lasers (Photo)
Live Science, April 2015

Where Wildfires and Climate Scientists Meet
Scienceline, April 2015

'Cosmic Precipitation' Can Extinguish Star Formation in Galaxies
SPACE.com, April 2015

Stars May be Forming in Shadow of Milky Way's Monster Black Hole
SPACE.com, April 2015

What Are the Most Endangered Rivers in the US?
Live Science, April 2015

'Freak Weather Event' Sets Antarctic Heat Records
Live Science, April 2015

Search for Alien Life Should 'Follow the Methane,' Scientists Say
SPACE.com, April 2015

Amped-Up Atom Smasher Will Restart This Weekend
Live Science, April 2015

Zap! New Map Charts Every Lightning Bolt
Live Science, April 2015

Antarctic Octopus's 'Blue Blood' Helps It Survive in Frigid Waters
Live Science, April 2015

New Map of Global Ocean Temperatures Is a Work of Art
Live Science, March 2015

Darwin's 'Strangest Animals' Finally Placed on Family Tree
Live Science, March 2015

Flat CO2 Emissions Are Not Enough to Curb Climate Change, Experts Say
Live Science, March 2015

Space Experiment Hunts for Key to Alzheimer's Disease in Weightlessness
SPACE.com, March 2015

US Military Satellite Explosion Is No Threat to European Space Missions
SPACE.com, March 2015

Snowy Owls' NYC Visit Reveals Migration Habits
Live Science, March 2015

Wow! Watch a Drone Fly Through the World's Largest Atom Smasher
Live Science, March 2015

Why Do Geysers Erupt? It Boils Down to Plumbing
Live Science, March 2015

Gallery: Probing Geysers in Yellowstone and Chile
Live Science, March 2015

'Love' Hormone Sobers Up Drunken Rats
Live Science, February 2015

Earth's Worst Mass Extinction Preserved Ancient Footprints
Live Science, February 2015

Triassic Tracks: Gallery of Ancient Reptiles' Footprints
Live Science, February 2015

A Star's Closest Flyby to the Sun
Sky & Telescope, February 2015

Cluster Filled with Dark Matter May House 'Failed Galaxies'
SPACE.com, February 2015

'Fast Radio Burst' Spotted Live in Space for 1st Times
SPACE.com, February 2015

Wavelike Cloud Hugs Grand Teton Mountains (Photo)
Live Science, February 2015

Student Loans May be Bad for Young Adults' Mental Health
Live Science, February 2015

Cosmic 'God's Hand' Shines in Telescope Photo, Video
SPACE.com, February 2015

This Super-Saturn Alien Planet Might Be the New 'Lord of the Rings'
SPACE.com, February 2015

Haunting Space Bubbles Shine in Amazing Hubble Telescope Photo
SPACE.com, February 2015

Americans Will Vote for Climate-Loving Politicians, New Poll Suggests
Live Science, January 2015

BICEP2 Was Wrong, But Publicly Sharing the Results Was Right
Discover Magazine, January 2015

Lightning Electrifies Cyclone's Eye in Dramatic Space Photo
Live Science, January 2015

Mountain-Size Asteroid Flies by Earth Today: Watch It Online
SPACE.com, January 2015

Mountain-Size Asteroid to Fly by Earth Monday: How NASA Will Watch
SPACE.com, January 2015

Gamma-Ray Signals from Beyond Our Galaxy Pinpointed for 1st Time
SPACE.com, January 2015

Atmospheres Spin Worlds to Habitability?
Sky & Telescope, January 2015

Why Rain Gives Off That Fresh, Earthy Smell
Live Science, January 2015

What's the Secret to Getting Kids to Eat Veggies? Let Them Play First!
Live Science, January 2015

When Two Supermassive Black Holes Merge, Its a Galactic Train Wreck
Universe Today, January 2015

Big Asteroid to Zoom by Earth on Jan. 26
SPACE.com, January 2015

Monster Black Hole Caught Feeding in Galactic Crash
SPACE.com, January 2015

New 3D Printed Models of Eta Carinae Reveal Hidden Features
Universe Today, January 2015

Prying Planets Out of The Shadows: The Gemini Planet Imager's First Year of Light
Universe Today, January 2015

Kepler Targets Supermassive Black Hole
Universe Today, January 2015

Exciting Exoplanet News From the AAS: How Rocky Worlds are Made; Oceans on Super-Earths
Universe Today, January 2015

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