Amelia Urry

Amelia Urry is Grist's associate editor of science and technology, and self-appointed poet-in-residence. Follow her on Twitter.

blade shunner

This wind turbine has no blades — and that’s why it’s better

The Vortex bladeless turbine uses the wind to vibrate instead of spin. That makes it cheaper, quieter, and more reliable than a bladed turbine.


Scientists may have found a way to eliminate antibiotic-resistant infections

New gene-editing technologies may take down antibiotic-resistant bacteria once and for all.


Scientists STILL haven’t figured out how to grow money on trees

Dang science. We'll write about it anyway.

Green Screen

Mad Max: Fury Road may be the Anthropocene at its worst — but it makes for pretty sick cinema

In Mad Max: Fury Road, humanity has done the irrevocable damage it had long been warned about, and now lives out its final days in mayhem.


These 3D maps of coral reefs are totally rad

3D usually sounds like a gimmick, but these 3D maps of coral reefs will actually help track their health.


It’s time to panic. Olives are in big trouble

Olive oil is like liquid, edible gold -- so we're bummed that olive trees in Italy are being eaten alive by an invasive pest.


This weird plant might be the future of Alaskan agriculture

Rhodiola rosae is a frost-tolerant succulent that just might be the biggest commercial crop the Last Frontier has ever seen.


Drought ended the Maya empire. Is California next?

If you thought America's drought problems are bad now, wait 'til you see what it can do to an entire civilization.

Taking the 100,000-foot view

These satellites are keeping an eye on California’s underground water

To the list of benefits satellites offer us, we can now add "monitoring our disappearing water."