Heather Goldstone

Science Editor and Host of Living Lab

Heather Goldstone is science editor at WCAI and host of Living Lab on The Point, a weekly show exploring how science gets done and makes its way into our daily lives. Goldstone holds a Ph.D. in ocean science from M.I.T. and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and spent a decade as researcher before leaving the lab to pursue journalism. She has reported extensively on Woods Hole’s unique scientific community and key environmental issues on Cape Cod. Her stories have appeared in outlets ranging from Cape Cod Times and Commercial Fishery News to NPR and PBS News Hour. Most recently, Goldstone hosted Climatide.org, an NPR-sponsored blog exploring present-day impacts of climate change on coastal life.

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Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website in the world, for obvious reasons. It’s a quick way to get an overview of just about anything.

Schools tend to discourage its use out of concerns about accuracy and reliability, but new research from MIT finds that scientists are using Wikipedia and it is influencing the ideas they investigate and write about.

Between Harvey, Irma, and Maria, hurricanes have left hundreds of thousands of people in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean with a gut-wrenching choice: rebuild, or relocate? It’s a question that some Massachusetts towns and property owners face on a regular – if less dramatic – basis.

Undersea canyons and seamounts off New England's coast are home to rare, slow-growing deep-sea corals.
Dr. Les Watling, University of Maine / NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration

About one hundred miles off the coast of Massachusetts, there are dramatic mountains and canyons, some larger than the Grand Canyon. Of course, they're hidden under hundreds to thousands of feet of water. And they're home to fragile and slow-growing deep-sea corals, and entire ecosystems that live on and around them.

The math for 2017 is pretty clear: fourteen North Atlantic right whales are known to have died, while only five new babies were sighted. It's the most dramatic example yet of what scientists have been saying for a few years, and what a new analysis makes official: these highly endangered whales are on the decline.

Entanglements and ship strikes are the leading causes of death for North Atlantic right whales, as well as other large whales. The most recent North Atlantic right whale death was a young female who was found severely entangled in snow crab fishing gear.

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I don’t know about you, but my phone feels like an extension of my brain. I can’t commit to an appointment without checking my calendar. There are to-do lists and voice memos to make sure I don’t lose an idea. And, of course, there’s Google to instantaneously answer any question.

What Wild Bees Can Teach Us

Sep 18, 2017
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Since honeybees are the original “hive mind,” what can we learn from these social insects?

Thomas Seeley is the Horace White Professor in Biology at Cornell University. He is based in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, where he teaches courses on animal behavior and does research on the behavior and social life of honey bees. He is the author of Honeybee Ecology (1985), The Wisdom of the Hive (1995), and Honeybee Democracy (2010).

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September is National Preparedness Month, and the devastation caused by first Harvey and then Irma have us wondering -- will I be ready when a storm comes my way?

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On Friday, the Cassini spacecraft ended its 20 year voyage with a dramatic kamikaze descent into Saturn.

But that's not quite the end of the story. 

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Woods Hole, MA Labels by Syagria / Public Domain

The waters off New England’s coast are warming faster than 99.9% of the world’s oceans. A new study finds that summer-like conditions in the Gulf of Maine now last two months longer than they did just a few decades ago. And that's not necessarily a good thing.

Scientists have known for a handful of years that the waters off the northeast coast are warming at an unusually rapid rate. Over the course of thirty three years, the average temperature has gone up about one degree. But the warming hasn't happened steadily.

The Zika virus
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In a surprising result, a team of researchers from a handful of universities has found that Zika virus kills off the cells that start a kind of brain cancer called glioblastoma. Glioblastoma is the most common and most aggressive form of brain cancer. It’s what Senator John McCain was diagnosed with in July, and it’s the cancer that killed Beau Biden and Senator Ted Kennedy. In fact, most people diagnosed with glioblastoma live less than five years.