My nonfiction articles for children and adults have appeared in the following magazines.
Magazine Articles by Rebecca Hirsch
Flying with Arctic Terns
A young tern makes its first voyage from one end of the earth to the other. (February 2014)
The Dark Past of the Polar Bear
Want to know how polar bears survive in the Arctic? Take a look at their brown bear cousins. (READ EXCERPT. © 2011 by Carus Publishing Company. November/December 2011)
Mount Everest: What a Mess!
Everest's popularity with mountain climbers has given it a big problem: trash! (forthcoming Nov/Dec 2014).
When Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous house was voted the greatest work of American architecture, there's was just one problem. It was falling down. (May/June 2014).
Male bowerbird's impressive architectural skills have one purpose: to woo females. (May/June 2014)
Wind Farms Are Coming: Scientists Race to Protect Marine Wildlife
With offshore wind farms coming to the mid-Atlantic, scientists want to protect marine birds, but first they have to find them. (April 2014)
Gone Today, Here Tomorrow?
Can a tree that had disappeared be brought back from the edge of extinction? (April 2011)
DNA Evidence Exposes Ice Age Stranger
A sliver of bone found in a cave leads to an unexpected discovery: an unknown species of humans may have once lived there. (May 2010)
Mirror, Mirror: Studying the Smarts of Swine
Pigs are known to be smart animals, but they may be even smarter than we thought. (December 2009)
The Return of the Rodent: Researchers Make Knockout Rats
Rats have lagged behind other model organisms in the study of human disease, but a new technique promises to change that. (October 2009)
Light Sensing in Birds: On the Trail of a 70-Year-Old Mystery
Spring is when birds mate, build nests, and hatch chicks, but how do they know when the time is right? (READ ARTICLE. September 2009)
All Pumped Up
Doris Taylor set out to build a beating heart in her laboratory. (READ ARTICLE. February 2008)
Insect Altruism — More than a Family Matter?
Why do bees selflessly rear the offspring of others? Famed biologist E. O. Wilson tackles this age-old question. (January 2008)
Robots Lead Roaches into the Light
Scientists learn about insect behavior using an ingenious tool: a robot that behaves like a cockroach. (December 2007)
Secret Senses: Birds "See" Magnetic Field
Songbirds are masters at finding their way. How do they do it?
(READ ARTICLE. November 2007)
Silent No More: Genetic Evidence that Neanderthals Could Speak
Who were Neanderthals? Why did they disappear? DNA analysis offers new insight. (November 2007)
Talking Bones: Skeleton Joins Endocrine Team
Scientists discover an unsuspected role for the human skeleton: control of body weight and metabolism. (READ ARTICLE. September 2007)
Chimps Toy with Temptation
Like humans, chimps practice a mental trick: distracting themselves to ward of temptation (September 2007)
Aliens: Far Weirder than We Think?
In the search for life in the solar system, scientists rethink what life might look like. (August 2007)
Bloomin' Mystery Solved... Again
For 70 years, botanists have struggled to identify the flowering signal in plants. Now they may have found it. (June 2007)
T. Rex Sheds Light on Family Tree
A 68-million-year-old protein is found inside the leg bone of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. What can it tell us about dinosaurs and their kin? (May 2007)
Migratory Birds Suffer as Seasons Change
Populations of European pied flycatchers have plummeted. A new study shows why: climate change is putting the bird out of sync with its prey. (June 2006)
Devoted Dad or Deadbeat: It's in the DNA
What makes a good dad? A new study traces fatherly behavior in voles to so-called junk DNA. (July 2005)
The Animal Kingdom Just Got Bigger
Scientists in Africa and Asia discover two mammals unknown to science. (READ ARTICLE. July 2012)
Blight Resistance: It's in the DNA
DNA studies are aiding the effort to restore the American chestnut. (READ ARTICLE. May/June 2012)
Healing Work: Bringing Chestnuts Back to Old Mine Lands
A new approach promises to bring chestnut forests to old surface coal mines in Appalachia.
Chestnuts in China: A Science Expedition Turns into an Adventure
A research expedition heads to China and encounters twists along the way. (Nov/Dec 2012)
Snapshots of Scholars
Students in the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program talk about their research. (February 2005)
Nourishing Pennsylvania's farmers and families at the 14th annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. (February 2005)