Cynthia Graber, The Boston Globe

Cynthia Graber

The Boston Globe

Somerville, MA, United States

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Past articles by Cynthia:

The Future of Food: Podcast + story: The power of urban farming

The Future of Food from @GlobeIdeas: What we eat, where it comes from, and how we get it are being reimagined like never before. Our food can be tastier, more accessible, and healthier for us and the planet. → Read More

Oldest Known Indigo Dye Found in Peru

Fabric dyed with indigo just found in Peru is some 1,600 years older than indigo-dyed fabrics that have been found in the Middle East. → Read More

Ancient Mexican Metropolis Engaged in Hare-Raising Activity

Upending the belief that residents of ancient Central America did not practice animal husbandry, new evidence shows that people in Teotihuacán raised and bred rabbits and hares. → Read More

Silk Road Transported Goods--And Disease

A 2,000-year-old latrine in China provides the first hard evidence that people carried diseases long distances along the ancient trading route. → Read More


Biologists have recreated life inside a computer — NOVA Next

Using evolution as a guide, developmental biologists have built an organism using nothing but computer code. → Read More

Culinary explorer uses koji (yes, it’s a mold ) to make cookies

Mechanical engineer Rich Shih investigates food, then teaches others what he’s learned. → Read More

Oldest Chinese Beer Brewery Found

Remnants of a beer-making operation some 5,000 years old have been found in northern China. → Read More

This Plant Bleeds Nectar To Attract Help

When a species of nightshade is injured by hungry beetles, it produces sugary nectar at the wound site. The nectar attracts ants that then keep the beetles at bay. → Read More

Garbage Pickings Get Storks to Stop Migrating

Some white storks have stopped migrating from Europe to sub-Saharan Africa in the winter, because of the availability of food in landfills. → Read More

Quick Test Could Tell If Patient Needs Antibiotics

Antibiotics work against bacterial infections but are often prescribed to people with viral infections, which don't respond to the drugs. But a new gene test could show if a patient's infection is viral or bacterial. → Read More

Better Gut Microbiome Census Through Computing

Sophisticated computational techniques make it possible to analyze gene samples from all the bacteria in the gut at once to take a census of the species present. → Read More

Iceman Otzi Died With A Bellyache

Researchers were able to determine the genome of stomach bacteria that infected the famous Iceman at the time of his death, in the process giving us clues about ancient human migrations. → Read More

Individuals' Blood Glucose Levels After Meals May Be Predictable

Closely tracking 800 people's blood glucose levels in response to meals allowed researchers to develop a predictive algorithm for individuals. → Read More

Massive Survey Creates Amazon Tree Census

A tree survey in the Amazon by more than 150 researchers led to an estimate that up to 57 percent of Amazon trees could qualify for threatened species status by 2050 → Read More

Stone Age Pottery Reveals Signs of Beekeeping

Beeswax residues found on shards of Stone Age in the Mediterranean region indicate that humans were keeping honeybees as early as 9,000 years ago. → Read More

Fall Foliage Timing Comes into Clearer Focus

Researchers picked apart satellite imagery from two New England forest ecosystems to get a better handle on exactly what factors influence the timing of the color changes of the autumn leaves → Read More

Designer Probiotics for Cancer

New research on mice demonstrates a way to use designer bacteria as a non-invasive test for cancer. → Read More

Ancient Human Ancestors Heard Differently

Early human species may have had sharper hearing in certain frequencies than we enjoy, to facilitate short-range communication in an open environment. Cynthia Graber reports. → Read More

Domesticated Pigs Kept Oinking With Wild (and Crazy) Boars

Domesticated pigs had many dalliances with wild boars that added new genes to the pig population well after they settled had down on the farm. → Read More

Chinese Cave Graffiti Agrees With Site's Drought Evidence

Researchers linked dated graffiti about droughts in a cave in China to physical evidence in the cave of the water shortages, such as changes in ratios of stable isotopes in specific layers of stalagmites. → Read More