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In the High Himalayas, Sherpa Women Bear the Disproportionate Effects of Climate Change

A woman sells cold drinks on the way to Namche Bazaar of the Khumbu region. (Courtesy of Gobinda Pokharel) At 39 ye...
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Published on January 21, 2023 by Alex Ip

What's the Secret Behind Big River Chestnuts' First Harvest?

When Jono Neiger established Big River Chestnuts on a small slice of land in Western Massachusetts, he knew soil conditions were less than ideal for growing the trees that would produce the new farm’s namesake nuts. A firm believer in doing...
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Published on January 19, 2023 by Alex Ip

Sweet Sixteen: Some Cool Charts We Made in 2022

To wrap up the year, check out our greatest data journalism hits in 2022:...
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Published on December 30, 2022 by Alex Ip


 Founded in 2018, and based in Atlanta, The Xylom seeks to understand three questions:
1. ​”How can science look more like us?”
2. ​”How are scientists shaped by what happens outside of the lab?”
3. ​”How do people respond to the changing world through science?”

We do so through an award-winning collection of original personal essays, longform science features, and resources for early-career science professionals. We also send out a twice-monthly newsletter curating the best science stories in the American South and beyond. Our writers have gone on to win awards such as the National Academies Eric and Wendy Schmidt Awards for Excellence in Science CommunicationsAAAS Mass Media Fellowships, and the National Association of Science Writers Diversity Reporting Grant

The Xylom is part of the Institute for Nonprofit News Network, Covering Climate Now, and Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers.

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