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Steven Sparkman

Sr. SciTech Editor

Steven Sparkman is Newsy's senior science nerd. In the five years since he joined the company, he's helped streamline production and helped the development team create software that meets the newsroom's needs. He leads the Sci-Tech team and can talk for hours about space, biology or psychology. In his free time, he lifts heavy things, makes small knickknacks out of wood and eats a lot of meat.

  Recent Work
A soldier standing next to a satellite dish in Iraq
U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Jacob PruittU.S.

The US Military Has A Satellite Problem

Plasma on the surface of the sun takes the shape of a tornado

Are There Giant Tornadoes On The Sun's Surface?

South Sudanese refugees use Oxfam water pumps
Oxfam East AfricaSci/Health

Guinea Worm May Be The 2nd Human Disease To Be Completely Wiped Out

Two men in a boat collect lost fishing nets
National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationSci/Health

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Has Even More Garbage Than We Thought

Stephen Hawking on stage at the Breakthrough Starshot initiative
Getty ImagesSci/Health

Hawking Brought Profound Science To The Masses Like Few Others

A man using a smartphone in front of a twitter logo
Getty ImagesSci/Health

Fake News On Twitter Spreads Farther And Faster Than Truth

Handguns held over a display case
Getty ImagesU.S.

RAND Report On Guns Finds Policy Research Is Sorely Lacking

Hands reaching into grocery cart
Getty ImagesSci/Health

Choosing A Low-Fat Vs. A Low-Carb Diet Doesn't Seem To Matter

A worker watches a natural gas flare burn off
Getty ImagesSci/Health

Even With Loose CO2 Rules, The US Could Still Hit Paris Climate Goals

SpaceX's Dragon capsule entering Mars' atmosphere

After Falcon Heavy, What's Next For SpaceX?

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy lifting off amid a dust cloud
Getty ImagesSci/Health

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch Was Impressive Despite Years Of Delays

A woman stands under a sunshade in a deforested area of the Amazon
Getty ImagesSci/Health

Can Everyone On Earth Live Well Without Wrecking The Planet?

Moon colored red during a lunar eclipse

This Supermoon Is Actually Worth Checking Out

A scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope

What's Taking NASA's James Webb Telescope So Long To Launch?

A student wears a virtual reality headset on the beach
Matt Perko, UC Santa BarbaraU.S.

Could VR Field Trips Replace The Real Thing?

A poster at the March for Science in Washington, D.C.
Newsy StaffSci/Health

Science May Not Be Political, But The March For Science Sure Was

Marchers for science in Washington, D.C.
Newsy StaffSci/Health

What Motivates People To March For Science?

Toy man being bitten by dinosaur
Kevin Dooley / CC BY 2.0Sci/Health

So How Nutritious Is A Human Being, Anyway?

A person watching a television.
Newsy / Evan ThomasPolitics

How To Cope With Your Candidate Losing The Election

Hookworm under a microscope
Marina I. Papaiakovou / CC BY SA 4.0Sci/Health

The People Who Give Themselves Hookworm May Be Onto Something

Earth as seen from more than 40,000 miles away by NASA's Messenger spacecraft

How Will Mars Crews Cope With Watching Earth Fade Into The Distance?

The Ein Gedi scroll.
Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library / S. HaleviSci/Health

The Delicate Science Of Reading Ancient Scrolls That Can't Be Opened

Drug-resistant bacteria growing on Harvard's MEGA-plate petri dish
Harvard University Medical SchoolSci/Health

Watch Bacteria Become Drug-Resistant Like It's No Big Deal

Dogs gathered around an MRI machine
Borbála FerenczySci/Health

Dogs Understand Language A LOT More Than We Give Them Credit For

Earth-like planet Proxima b orbiting its star
Y. Beletsky (LCO)/ESO/ESA/NASA/M. ZamaniSci/Health

What We Know So Far About Earth's New Twin

A Greenland shark swimming
Julius NelsenSci/Health

This Giant Shark Can Live For 400 Years

Cells passed back and forth between humans and animals
Newsy / Evan ThomasSci/Health

Scientists Are Pushing Ahead With Human-Animal Hybrid Research

A statue of Yu the Great.
Gisling / CC BY SA 3.0.Sci/Health

A Legend Of A Flood Spurring Chinese Civilization May Be A Little True

A patient gets a nasal swab from a doctor.
Getty Images / Mario VillafuerteSci/Health

An Antibiotic Found In Our Noses Fights MRSA

Collage of older people

We Might Stop Growing As We Age, But Our Ears Don't