Meet the Team

Steven Sparkman

Sr. SciTech Editor

After climbing down from a beanstalk, Steven Sparkman became Newsy’s resident science nerd and giant. When not thinking about quantum physics or neuroscience, he can be found scrambling up rocky hills, climbing trees or doing other things that involve mud and splinters. The Newsy crew has compared him to a lumberjack, a Viking and a bear.

  Recent Work
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

A synthetic stingray that uses living cells to maneuver
Karghen Hudson and Michael RosnachSci/Health

A Remote-Controlled Cyborg Stingray Now Exists

Map of the observable universe
Pablo Carlos Budassi / CC BY SA 3.0Sci/Health

The Impatient Person's Guide To The End Of The Universe

A Bing user searchers for early cancer signs

Microsoft Used Bing Search Histories To Detect Cancer

Two dogs play in the woods

Humans May Have Tamed Wolves Twice Because Dogs Are Worth It

A rendering of an ancient Martian ocean.

Mars Didn't Just Have Oceans; It Might've Even Had Giant Tsunamis

DNA double helix
ColiN00B / CC0Sci/Health

Scientists Want To Synthesize The Human Genome. What Does That Mean?

Puddles could be where life on Earth first arose
ramszei / CC0Sci/Health

It's Surprisingly Easy To Brew Something Like RNA In A Puddle

A research participant sleeps while scientists play beeping noises in their ears.
Newsy / Evan ThomasSci/Health

Can't Sleep In A New Place? Your Brain May Be Waiting For Danger

Nanoparticles could end allergies to eggs, peanuts, ragweed and more

Food Allergies Could Soon Be Turned Off By Tiny Bits Of Plastic

The sun is often thought of being yellow or red but is actually white.

The Sun Isn't Yellow Or Orange; It's White

Nearby supernovas scattered debris on Earth.
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory / Greg StewartSci/Health

Earth Survived 2 Close Calls With Supernovas

News sites try to explain the Panama Papers
McClatchy, The Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, FusionWorld

The Panama Papers Story Is Dense, So News Sites Made Quirky Explainers

Melting ice from Antarctica contributes to sea level rise

Sea Levels Could Rise Twice As Fast By The End Of The Century

Illustration of Japan's Hitomi space telescope, which has malfunctioned.
Japan Aerospace Exploration AgencySci/Health

Japan May Have Lost Its Black Hole Telescope

A new synthetic bacteria has the smallest possible genome
J. Craig Venter InstituteSci/Health

Synthetic Life Has Been Streamlined And Is Ready To Be Put To Work