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Carolyn Y. Johnson

Johnson joined the Health team as a science writer in 2008. She also has covered telecommunications and tech culture for the Business section. Johnson was a physics and English major at Amherst College and earned her master’s degree in science writing from MIT.

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Science in Mind

Harvard-led team’s cosmic inflation discovery uncertain

By Carolyn Y. Johnson , Globe Staff

New data raise doubts about what was considered smoking gun evidence in favor of the theory of cosmic inflation — the “bang” of the Big Bang.

Quartet plays at the intersection of medicine and music

By Carolyn Y. Johnson , Globe Staff

Formed two years ago, the quartet uses music to explore mental illness from a different angle.

Science in Mind

Ig Nobels give a playful nod to weird science

By Carolyn Y. Johnson , Globe Staff

Thursday night at Harvard, Nobel laureates will take the stage to hand out the satirical version of the real prizes.

Ig Nobels awarded for banana peel physics, mental health repercussions of cat ownership

By Carolyn Y. Johnson , Globe Staff

It’s that one night of the year when esteemed scientists who have made discoveries that have transformed our understanding of the world stand up to congratulate scientists whose meticulously researched insights have made us guffaw. Thursday night at Harvard University, real Nobel laureates take the stage to hand out the Ig Nobels, a satirical version of the real Nobel prizes that takes place shortly before the real prizes are announced in early October.