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Jessica Marshall is an award-winning science, environmental and health journalist. She has been a regular contributor to Discovery News and New Scientist. Her work has also appeared in Nature, TheAtlantic.com, Science's online news service, Science News for Kids, and on public radio, among other outlets. She has taught science journalism at the University of Minnesota. Jessica earned her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley before becoming a science journalist. She attended the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

3 responses to “Bigger than a breadbox: Size comparisons in science writing”

  1. Kendall Powell

    Both my Labradors weigh more than 75 pounds! And they are not even overweight. Here’s where variation can get you. English or American Labs? Male or female? 🙂 Cultural differences can also get you when you least expect it: I once said an opening was the size of a “doggie-door” and the British publication’s copyeditors changed it to a “cat-flap” which I think of as being considerably smaller!

    I think onlineconversion.com is useful for checking sizes/amounts/volumes of things when I have it in one measurement and need it in another.

    I once said an opening was the size of a “doggie-door”

  2. David Steen

    Whoa that would be a tall bison! They can reach 11.5 feet in length, not in height.

    Some great tips/guidelines in here, thanks!

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