Karl Gruber


I grew up in a small town in the South of Panama, in an English/Spanish environment as my father was an English teacher, whereas my mother was a teacher of Spanish and other subjects. As a result, I spoke pretty good English very early in my life, which made me a bit of an oddity in my School where fellow student were struggling to learn this language. I have always been interest in Natural Sciences and enjoyed explaining science to anyone who would listen. After High School, I went on to become a biologist, and started a career in basic research working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Here, I built my scientific base, learning about evolution at the level of DNA in various organism, including bees, snails, and spiny rats. After a bit more than three years I decided to do Graduate Studies and went on to the University of Minnesota to pursue a Master of Science. I entered the world of journalism by pure chance, answering a request for science writers at an European Science magazine called Lab Times, where I still work as a freelancer. My first article was published in February 22, 2011. I saved this publication for framing, as it marked a special moment in my life: the moment I realized I love writing. Since that first publication I engaged in as much science writing as I could. In 2011 alone I published 15 articles in Lab Times, and in 2012 I decided to write for new places. As a result, in 2012 alone, I published more than 40 articles in a variety of places, including Lab Times, Science Now, New Scientist, The Lancet, Science News for Kids, The Pain Research Forum, The Munich Eye, GEN, and an invited article for the European Food Information Council. I have also served as a reviewer for PLoS One and Journal of Heredity, and I currently work as a freelance Academic Editor for Cactus Communications, where I edit articles aimed for peer-reviewed journals. I also have experience writing grants and peer-reviewed papers, since my time as a Bachelor student. I currently work as Editor for The Munich Eye, where I am in charge of the Science and Technology section of the paper and online edition.
Role: Managing Editor, Science
No. of articles: 75
Email: karl.gruber@themunicheye.com




New wave of online courses

Online universities courses are developing more interactive activities for more effective learning
Online courses in the past have been little more than long lectures simply posted online for students that could not get access to a university...

Extra-terrestrial life may exist just around the corner

This artist's impression shows HD40307g in the foreground (on the left hand side), with its host star HD40307 and two other planets in the system (on the right-hand side). The depicted atmosphere and continents are not detected or constrained by this work. Credit: J. Pinfield, for the RoPACS network at the University of Hertfordshire.
A new planet, which may have an Earth-like environment, has just been found not too far away from our planet. An international team of astronomers,...

Back to school? May be not for 2000 english students

On late August of this year the United Kingdom Border Agency announced its decision to revoke London Metropolitan university status that allows it to...

Sick mosquitoes live longer

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French researchers led by Dr. Julien Vezilier, report online on August 1st in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences,...

Ancient civilisations meet futuristic map maker

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Mapping an archaeological site usually take years to complete, but not anymore Researchers have invented "SUAVe" - an acronym for Semi-autonomous...

Zombie satellites come to life!

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Have you ever wondered what we are doing with all those old satellites orbiting the earth, which are now no more than space junk? Usually they are...

Meet the new real-life Transformer Robot Car

Recently, Japanese hobbyist Kenji Ishida revealed a new version of his real-life, remote controlled, Transformer Robot Car. The robo will be presented...

Vulnerability found in BMW cars

BMW cars made since 2006 carry an on-board computer that controls the engine, and makes sure everything is working OK. Also, it controls the...

Beetle can walk underwater

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Walking under water is no easy feat, especially if you are a tiny insect. Now, a team of researchers led by Professor Naoe Hosoda, National Institute...

Fish in space!

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Fish in aquariums are a favorite for relaxation and hobby, at least here on Earth. Now, researchers from the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) are sending...

How RNA helps

Damage to our DNA can lead to serious, sometimes fatal consequences, which is why understanding the different response mechanisms used by our body is...

Neurons to learn from others' errors

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Japanse scientists studying the brain of Japanese macaque monkeys have identified a group of neurons responsible for learning from others' mistakes....