Shannon Hall


Award-Winning Freelance Science Journalist

Print Features From 2020


The Hunt for the First Exomoons
Sky & Telescope, September 2020

A handful of scientists are attempting to discover the first moons outside our solar system — a finding that would be transformative, yet remains elusive. Learn more in Sky & Telescope's September issue.


Frozen Mission to the Top of the World
Nature, May 2020

After three months trapped in Arctic ice, researchers have returned with crucial information about the rapidly warming region. Learn more in Nature's May issue.


Life in the Dark Arctic
Science News, April 2020

A year long expedition spotlights night life in the Arctic winter. Learn more in Science News' April cover story.

News Stories From 2020


Babies' Mysterious Resilience to Coronavirus Intrigues Scientists
Scientific American, July 2020

Summer Solstice 2020 and the Search for Life in the Galaxy
The New York Times, June 2020

Biggest Ever Yellowstone Eruption Revealed
Scientific American, June 2020

A Surprise Discovery Points to the Source of Fast Radio Bursts
Quanta Magazine, June 2020

Familiar Culprit May Have Caused Mysterious Mass Extinction
The New York Times, June 2020

Meteorites Might be More likely to Strike Near the Equator
Science News, May 2020

SpaceX Plans Sunshades to Save Night Skies From Starlink Satellites
The New York Times, May 2020

Could There be Life Under a Hydrogen Sky?
Sky & Telescope, May 2020

Coronavirus Shutdown Forces Research Ship to Break out of Arctic Ice
Nature, April 2020

Researchers Claim Rainfall Triggered Kilauea Eruption, but Others Remain Skeptical
Scientific American, April 2020

Life on the Planet Mercury? ‘It’s Not Completely Nuts’
The New York Times, March 2020

Kilometers of “Dark Cable” Form the Newest Seismic Sensors
Scientific American, March 2020

Why Mars Needs Leap Days Too
The New York Times, February 2020

Colorado River Is in Danger of a Parched Future
Scientific American, February 2020

OneWeb Launches 34 Satellites as Astronomers Fear Radio Chatter
The New York Times, February 2020

Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Was Great for Bacteria
The New York Times, February 2020

The Voyage to the End of the Ice
Quanta Magazine, January 2020

Volcanoes on Venus Might Still be Smoking
The New York Times, January 2020

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