I've always loved science. As a graduate student, I trained gray seal pups (Halichoerus grypus) for my Master's degree at the University of St. Andrews and helped tag wild Norwegian killer whales (Orcinus orca) for my Ph.D. at MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
These days, as a science reporter, I record a species that I'm better equipped to understand — Homo sapiens. My radio stories have been featured on PRI’s The World, Radiolab, and NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. In the fifth grade, I won the “Most Contagious Smile” award.
Rainey’s parents came to Lebanon from Sri Lanka 20 years ago to get away from their country’s civil war. In fact, Lebanon has become something of a haven for a quarter million migrant workers from Asia and Africa, who tend to be employed as maids, trash collectors, and gas station attendants. They come to escape economic and political hardship back home.
Ryan and Noor are best friends. In Lebanon, they are an unlikely match. Ryan belongs to a religious sect called the Druze, and Noor is a Sunni Muslim. With the way things are in this country, kids from different religious groups do not normally hang out, let alone become inseparable friends.
Ahmad, like many Lebanese kids, wants to be a basketball star when he grows up. For now, he's getting to train towards his unlikely goal thanks to a Lebanese NGO that believes such dreams are important for disadvantaged children.
Karen and her family once lived a happy life in Aleppo, Syria. But when the civil war arrived in their city, they fled to Lebanon in the middle of the night with little more than a few suitcases, and their two-week stay has now lasted two years.
Health & Medicine
Millions of cows die each year from a disease called nagana, which is carried by tsetse flies. But waterbucks, a kind of antelope, manage to keep the flies away thanks to their smell. So scientists are harnessing the scent to protect cows, and hope to do the same for people soon.