Mary Alexandra Agner



Mary Alexandra Agner covers a variety of topics, ranging from planetary science to human anatomy to new materials, writing for both adults and children.

She's worked with Argonne National Laboratory, Muse, Sky & Telescope, and others.

She's a member of NASW, NESW, Broad Universe, and VPXX.

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Muse

September 2017

Out-of-Left-Field Cafe

A volcanologist, a marine biologist, and an ornithologist walk into your corner cafe...

Harvey Mudd College Magazine

Spring 2017

People-Centric Security

People are at the center of technology...


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Argonne National Lab APS Annual Report

2017

Improving the Development of New Materials for Nuclear Energy

Recently, an Illinois-based team has presented and demonstrated preliminary results for a new technique for evaluating fuel and reactor materials which requires less time and expense: irradiating potential materials with high-energy, atomic nucleus ions and then assessing the damage using synchrotron X-ray diffraction.


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Argonne National Lab APS Annual Report

2017

Non-Uniform Magnetic State May Flip Current Understanding of High-Temperature Superconducting Materials

Recent results from an international team reveal a new magnetic state for these materials, a state with non-uniform magnetization, which manifests at a temperature very close to the one at which superconductivity occurs.

Muse

February 2017

Science@Work: Valerie L. Buxton Behavioral Ecologist

Meet Valerie L. Buxton, park ranger turned frog wrangler...

Argonne National Lab APS Annual Report

2017

Extreme Pressures Show Off Magnetic Behavior of Superconducting Europium

This combination of superconductivity and magnetic moment indicates that europium's superconductivity result from magnetic fluctuations, unlike what occurs in many other superconductors.

Argonne National Lab APS Annual Report

2017

Inducing Polarization in Superlattices by Alternating Non-Ferroelectric Oxide Layers

The results include strong polarization, comparable to that of ferroelectric systems, which opens up new material options for photochemical and photovoltaic applications.

Argonne National Lab APS Annual Report

2017

New Compound Illuminates and Complicates Mantle Chemistry

So the recent laboratory discovery of a new iron oxide formed at mantle temperatures and pressures—Fe5O6—means the current understanding of mantle processes needs to expand to incorporate it.

Argonne National Lab APS Annual Report

2017

Discovery of a New Mantle Iron Oxide

Recent computational modeling and laboratory experiments have provided evidence for the existence of a new iron oxide—FeO2—whose presence and chemical interactions could give previously-unavailable insight into a number of seismic and geochemical anomalies in the deep mantle.

Argonne National Lab APS Annual Report

2017

When Your Lattices Don't Line Up: An Explanation for Charge Inversion Near Wet Charged Surfaces

In new work, a team with members from multiple Illinois universities used X-ray diffraction to investigate the lattices formed in this type of environment and their possible role in this charge reversal.

Argonne National Lab APS Annual Report

2017

Melts Make Waves Slow Down: The Behavior of Seismic Waves in Basalt Glass Enhances Understanding of Mantle Melt Fraction

In recent research, an international team shows that melts do not exhibit the behavior predicted by these extrapolations.

ChemMatters

April 2016

Frozen Fish Stick Blues

I am indebted to Dr. Roxane Karimi, Dr. Celia Chen, Dr. Stephen Koch, Dr. Jessica Polka, and Dr. Arthur Carty for jumpstarting my research for this story.


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ChemMatters

February 2016

Stuck on You

Many thanks to Dr. Jian Yang for his help with one of the sidebars in this story.


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Polu Texni

January 2016

Sculpting Science

Unlike the other people working aboard Tara, Haseltine didn’t head back to university and write a science paper about what she saw. Instead, she began a series of human-sized sculptures depicting the tiny plankton...


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Muse

January 2016

Science@Work: Helen Scales Marine Biologist

Meet Dr. Helen Scales— deep-sea diver, author, and seashell whisperer. She visits ocean animals in their native habitats and tells their stories...

Argonne National Lab APS Annual Report

2015

Carbon in the Core


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TED Ideas

September 2015

A Surprise from Your Gut: Good Blood Pressure

Researchers at Johns Hopkins think they might have come up with a novel way to manage blood pressure. Hint: Microbes.


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Sky & Telescope

May 2015

Old Glass, New Insights

Although digitization might soon make photographic plate technology obsolete, the detailed information on the plates won’t go stale...


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Cambridge Science Festival Blog

April 2015

Safety First

Concerned your cruise ship may stall in the Gulf? The Volpe National Transportation Systems Center is working to make your transit options as safe as possible...


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The Escapist Magazine

April 2015

Solar Sails: Not Just Special Effects

While films such as James Cameron's Avatar and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones depict spaceships powered by solar sails by emphasizing special effects over scientific accuracy, one of NASA's upcoming missions is planning to tell a big-screen story with a real-life solar sail...


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Argonne National Lab APS Annual Report

2014

Stability Vs. Activity: Characterizing Strontium Ruthenate Crystals for Electrochemical Applications


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Argonne National Lab APS Annual Report

2014

Acid and Iron Make the Most Sugar


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The Escapist Magazine

August 2014

Touring Titan: The Alien Sights of Saturn's Largest Moon

Looking for a great vacation destination? Let NASA's Chief Scientist take you on a guided tour of one of the most extraordinary travel spots in the Solar System!


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Argonne National Lab APS Annual Report

2013

New Materials for Capturing Carbon Dioxide from Combustion Gases

Argonne National Lab APS Annual Report

2013

Defining the Line: Melting Curve for Iron Helps Characterize the Earth's Core

Paper Droids

September 2013

No Show is a Must See


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Paper Droids

September 2013

How Powerful a Force: Star Wars and Sand Dune Dynamics


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Paper Droids

August 2013

Help Save Our Oceans with the OpenCTD Project


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Paper Droids

August 2013

What Does Your Gallery Grow?


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Paper Droids

July 2013

Wily Algorithms: What Artifical Intelligence is Up To


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Paper Droids

June 2013

Science Fantasy: Scientists Delve into Our Favorite Fantasy Worlds


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Paper Droids

June 2013

Botany Vs. Zombies Part Two: Mushrooms


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Paper Droids

May 2013

Botany Vs. Zombies Part One: Sunflowers


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Paper Droids

April 2013

The Future of Gaming: Oculus Rift


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Argonne National Lab APS Annual Report

2012

Turquoise + Yellow = Green: Avian Structural Colors and Photonics Innovation

Argonne National Lab APS Annual Report

2012

Iron-Bearing Perovskite in the Mantle

Under the Microscope

July 2012

Pink Lab Coats

Under the Microscope

June 2012

Smashing Asteroid Stereotypes


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Under the Microscope

May 2012

Teaching Engineering Through Yoga


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Under the Microscope

May 2012

Goals Not Gears: Reframing Engineering for the 21st Century


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Under the Microscope

February 2012

Overcoming Adversity through Science: When Crabs Muscle in on Mussels


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