marissa-fessenden

Marissa Fessenden


Marissa Fessenden is a science writer whose work has appeared in Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, and the Santa Cruz Sentinel. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Cornell University and a certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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What you need to know about the Orion test flight

This is just the first step to getting humans to Mars

On Dec 3, 2014 by Marissa Fessenden

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After hacking his hearing aids, this man can hear Wi-Fi

What must this be like, we wonder?

On Nov 14, 2014 by Marissa Fessenden

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Here’s what you need to know about the first-ever comet landing

These videos explaining the Rosetta mission are adorable and amazing.

On Nov 8, 2014 by Marissa Fessenden

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Remote-controlled rover goes undercover as a baby penguin

The Emperor penguins accepted it as one of their own.

On Nov 5, 2014 by Marissa Fessenden

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Don’t worry, dog-sized spiders won’t be taking over the world

If recent reports of giant spiders are freaking you out, we have some comforting news. 

On Oct 22, 2014 by Marissa Fessenden

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Dolphins use a magnetic GPS to navigate

Just another one of their amazing abilities. 

On Oct 11, 2014 by Marissa Fessenden

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This mind-controlled prosthetic arm changes everything

Watch a Swedish man uses an electric drill and hold an egg without it breaking while shaking his arm.

On Oct 10, 2014 by Marissa Fessenden

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Gorgeous animation illuminates the science of animal flight

I believe they can fly. 

On Oct 7, 2014 by Marissa Fessenden

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Ocean explorers are taking you into an underwater volcano

Say hello to the Dumbo octopus on your way. 

On Sep 30, 2014 by Marissa Fessenden

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Scientists invented a drone to collect whale sneezes

Thar she blows! Right under the Snot Bot.  

On Sep 19, 2014 by Marissa Fessenden

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You don’t have to wait for ‘Interstellar’ to explore space travel

The movie's tie-in app is actually pretty cool. 

On Sep 18, 2014 by Marissa Fessenden

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This bowling ball experiment demonstrates the beauty of physics

This video is mesmerizing. 

On Sep 12, 2014 by Marissa Fessenden

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The Curiosity rover is ready for some Martian mountain climbing

The little rover that could is moving on up. 

On Sep 11, 2014 by Marissa Fessenden

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Doctors discover woman complaining of dizziness was missing part of her brain

The human body can be pretty amazing. 

On Sep 11, 2014 by Marissa Fessenden

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97 cartoonified scientists want to set the record straight on climate change

Scientists are declaring their 97-percent consensus on climate change, loud and clear. 

On Sep 10, 2014 by Marissa Fessenden