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 the National Association of Science Writers and New England Science Writers.


2020

· "Enzyme-Assisted Molecular Strain Contributes to Successful Reaction," Argonne National Lab APS Science, forthcoming

· "Silver Nanostructures Show Promise for Improved Medical Probes," Argonne National Lab APS Science, forthcoming

· "Get Bent Out of Shape: Transfer RNA Conformation Aids Efficient Ribosome Recycling," Argonne National Lab APS Science, forthcoming

· "Oil Blob Imagery for Assessing Surfactant-Enhanced Aquifer Remediation," Argonne National Lab APS Science 2019 Volume 2, June 2020

· "Temperature-Jump Method Reveals Protein Shape Dynamics," Argonne National Lab APS Science 2019 Volume 2, June 2020

2019

· "Buffing Up Your Skeleton: The Active Role of Collagen in Building Bones," Argonne National Lab APS Science 2019 Volume 1, December 2019

· "A Highly Efficient Fuel Cell Catalyst with an Ultralow Amount of Platinum," Argonne National Lab APS Science 2018 Volume 2, July 2019

· "How Surface Ligands Influence the Lattice Dynamics of Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dot Nanoparticles," Argonne National Lab APS Science 2018 Volume 2, July 2019

· "Changing Shapes in Fruit Fly Cryptochromes Dictate Circadian Rhythms," Argonne National Lab APS Science, forthcoming

2018

· "First laboratory results of supersaturated water nucleation characteristics at low temperatures," AIP Scilight

·  "Lessons learned from mapping diamond powder stresses can lead to improved compactness," AIP Scilight

· "Structure of metallic inclusions in vanadium dioxide influences its insulator-to-metal transition," AIP Scilight

· "Straining bismuth ferrite thin films provides current for mass data storage applications," AIP Scilight

· "Model choice affects piezoelectric response to probes," AIP Scilight

· "New architecture trains a nano-oscillator classifier with standard machine learning algorithms," AIP Scilight

· "Artificial intelligence characterizes rotational spectroscopy," AIP Scilight

· "Novel use of harmonic feedback enables powering of bioelectronic devices," AIP Scilight

· "Electric fields shift synthetic garnet spin waves," AIP Scilight

· "Carbon velvet trumps graphite for plasma devices by trapping electrons," AIP Scilight

· "Simple devices enhance the embedment of spheroids into hydrogel arrays," AIP Scilight

· "An Acidic Environment Increases the Solubility of Aerosol Iron," Argonne National Lab APS Science 2018 Volume 1, June 2018

· "A New Understanding of Shock-Compressed Fused Silica," Argonne National Lab APS Science 2018 Volume 1, June 2018

· "Bristled wings could provide a propulsive punch for future micro air vehicles," AIP Scilight

· "The pascal gets a quantum-based makeover," AIP Scilight

· "Neural nets enhance the accessibility of metagratings," AIP Scilight

· "Higher harmonic waveforms are revealed in nonlinear structures of magnetized plasma," AIP Scilight

· "Perovskite-polymer mashup makes for full-color tunable LED film," AIP Scilight

· "Detection of water vapor nanobubbles offers insight into process of boiling," AIP Scilight

· "New measurements indicate potential exfoliant solvents for separating graphite into graphene," AIP Scilight

· "Teasing Out Iron's Structural Subtleties," Argonne National Lab APS Science 2017, August 2018

· "Nearest Neighbor Behavior Behind Non-Cubic Scaling Law for Metallic Glasses," Argonne National Lab APS Science 2017, August 2018

· "Alice & Bob Are On the Case: Protecting Your Digital Privacy," Muse, March 2018

· "Moon Shadow: Alumni Gather for Eclipse Events Across the U.S.,", Harvey Mudd College Magazine, Winter 2017/2018

· "Science@Work: Julia Oh Microbiologist," Muse, January 2018

2017

·  "Out-of-Left-Field Cafe" Muse, September 2017

· "People-Centric Security", Harvey Mudd College Magazine, Spring 2017

· "Improving the Development of New Materials for Nuclear Energy", Argonne National Lab APS Annual Report

· "Non-Uniform Magnetic State May Flip Current Understanding of High-Temperature Superconducting Materials" Argonne National Lab APS Science

· Science@Work: Valerie L. Buxton Behavioral Ecologist, Muse, February 2017

· "Extreme Pressures Show Off Magnetic Behavior of Superconducting Europium" Argonne National Lab APS Science

· "Inducing Polarization in Superlattices by Alternating Non-Ferroelectric Oxide Layers" Argonne National Lab APS Science

· "New Compound Illuminates and Complicates Mantle Chemistry" Argonne National Lab APS Science

· "Discovery of a New Mantle Iron Oxide" Argonne National Lab APS Science

· "When Your Lattices Don't Line Up: An Explanation for Charge Inversion Near Wet Charged Surfaces" Argonne National Lab APS Science

· "Melts Make Waves Slow Down: The Behavior of Seismic Waves in Basalt Glass Enhances Understanding of Mantle Melt Fraction" Argonne National Lab APS Science

2016

· "Frozen Fish Stick Blues", ChemMatters, April 2016  (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.)

· "Stuck on You", ChemMatter, February 2016  (Many thanks to Dr. Jian Yang for his help with one of the sidebars in this story.)

· "Sculpting Science", Polu Texni, January 2016

· Science@Work: Helen Scales Marine Biologist, Muse, January 2016

2015

· "Setting a Baseline for Iron's Isotopic Clock", Argonne National Lab APS Science

· "Carbon in the Core", Argonne National Lab APS Science

· "A Surprise from Your Gut: Good Blood Pressure", TED Ideas, September 2015

· "Old Glass, New Insights", Sky & Telescope, May 2015

· "Safety First", Cambridge Science Festival Blog, April 2015

· "Solar Sails: Not Just Special Effects", The Escapist Magazine, April 2015

2014

· "Stability Vs. Activity: Characterizing Strontium Ruthenate Crystals for Electrochemical Applications", Argonne National Lab APS Science

· "Acid and Iron Make the Most Sugar", Argonne National Lab APS Science

· "Touring Titan: The Alien Sights of Saturn's Largest Moon", The Escapist Magazine, August 2014

2013

· "New Materials for Capturing Carbon Dioxide from Combustion Gases" Argonne National Lab APS Science

· "Defining the Line: Melting Curve for Iron Helps Characterize the Earth's Core" Argonne National Lab APS Science

·  Multiple pieces with the now-defunct Paper Droids

2012

· "Turquoise + Yellow = Green: Avian Structural Colors and Photonics Innovation" Argonne National Lab APS Science

· "Iron-Bearing Perovskite in the Mantle" Argonne National Lab APS Science

·  Multiple pieces with the now-defunct Under the Microscope