Andrew Porterfield

Porterfield is currently a freelance writer, specializing in life sciences, biotechnology and healthcare. He has worked with Pfizer, Amgen, CalTech, the University of California, and the Salk Institute. He started out as an assistant in a genetics laboratory, and quickly found a preference for writing about science. He has an M.S. in biotechnology management from the University of Maryland, a B.A. in physical anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. When not writing about science, he can be found surfing California\\\\\\\'s central coast or biking its rural roads.
Role: Journalist, Science
No. of articles: 33

Google vs. Death

Could Google´s new company researchs delete or delay mortality?
Google, the American company known for its popular search engine, is supporting a new venture that aims to significantly extend human life. The new...

Life On Earth, With A Martian Twist?

Mars, from The Hubble Space Telescope. Source: Wikipedia.
UFO conspiracies and early sci-fi filmmakers may have been right all along, as we might all come from Mars, after all. New research suggests that a...

The End Of All Coral Reefs?

Carnegie Institution for Science's Ken Caldeira takes a water sample at Australia's Great Barrier Reef. His research estimates that this an all other reefs could die by the century's end.
Coral reefs from all around the world may die by the end of this century, say researchers. Accelerated carbon dioxide production is making the oceans...

Termites Bang Their Heads To Signal Danger

Soldier Termite. Source: Wikipedia.
Head-banging is usually a sign of frustration in humans, resulting in little more than pain. But, for termites, head-banging serves a much more...

Even in the Brain, Practice Makes Perfect

Extensively practicing a given motor skill reduces metabolic activity in the cerebral cortex responsible for managing that skill
As any athlete or musician can attest, practicing makes a difficult task easier. In fact, repeating an activity can take us to a point where we a no...

Social networking makes lemurs smarter

Ringed-tail lemurs
Human evolution has been marked by two major milestones: an increase in brain size and the development of social groups. Many scientists have assumed...

Science Explains Why You Forgot To Take Out The Trash

A familiar voice is usually recognized between other voices, but as we age, maybe we can select not to hear them
It's often nice to hear a familiar voice, but sometimes we're also guilty of tuning out wives, husbands, parents and even some friends. It turns out...

Germany Approves No-Sex Option

Germany approves the Third Sex Option.
New German legislation will allow birth certificates to have a third option when asking about gender.

Germany is the first European country to...

Chaos, Not Order, Spark Creativity

Being neat and tidy has always been associated with order, tradition and general good sense. But being a slob may have a worse reputation than it...

Our Alien Gold

Source: Wikipedia.
    All the gold on earth is alien. Every atom of the precious metal probably came to us from violent collisions of dying stars, according to a team...

Celestial Music, at your fingertips

Crab Nebula, Wikipedia.
In the renaissance an scholar was considered educated only after mastering the so-called "quadrivium", which consisted of four subjects: arithmetic,...

The Mind Can Fly a Helicopter

Our mind can control an external device
A helicopter is a rather complicated craft to fly--it doesn't really glide, and moves by controlling the pitch and power of its rotor blades. Imagine...