My writing background

Here are a few of my favorite articles I've written!

I've primarily worked as a science writer, but I've also covered the following non-science beats: 

 

  • Food and beverage

  • Arts and culture

  • Theatre reviews
     

If you'd like to see more of my writing, google "RK Pendergrass" (my cool pen name) or reach out to me and I'll send you some clips!
 

Popular Science: A goopy guide to extracting strawberry DNA in your kitchen

Maybe you’ve always wanted to be that snarky, brilliant lab technician who helps solve the case by pulling DNA from crime scenes on TV. Or perhaps you dreamed of using the genetic material of extinct species to create a Jurassic Park of your own. If you can relate to either of these scenarios, this experiment is for you.

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HowStuffWorks: What Time Is It? Time for the World's Most Accurate Clock!

If you think your Apple watch is the coolest thing in timekeeping, think again. Scientists at Germany's Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) have just published a paper in the journal Physical Review Letters on the most accurate timekeeping device in history. It beats out the previous champs, atomic clocks, by a large margin. In fact, the new single-ion clock is so accurate that it may force us to redefine what a "second" is.

Image by Moritz Kindler

Deep Sea Mining Observer: Microplastics in The Deep Ocean

Giant gyers of floating plastic have long been at the forefront of the public conversation around ocean pollution, but there has been a dearth of research on the deeper issue of plastic that reaches below the surface. Since the onset of mainstream plastic production begin in the 1940s and 1950s, plastic pollution in the ocean has been a rapidly growing threat.