Julia Scott


The Panic Button

Notre Dame Magazine
October 1st, 2019

The problem with all our fears is that they tell good stories. The plots may vary, but the core message is unsettling. It’s about uncertainty, about our profound lack of control over our lives, on this planet, in this universe.


On Being Alone

Notre Dame Magazine
January 1st, 2019

We find so much comfort in the presence of others, sometimes without realizing it. Even having someone in the next room is a comfort. But when the house is still and there’s nothing else to do, the self confronts. And we would do almost anything to avoid hearing what it has to say.


Americans don’t need to name their success stories constantly because they’re all sewn into the tech mythology. But history is being made in real time by Canadians at home and abroad in an industry that has little narrative of its own.


Confessions of a Bad Writer Gone Good

Huffington Post
September 2nd, 2014

There is a certain kind of bad writing that occurs when you are between the ages of 16 and 24 and have an audience of one. Julia Scott explains the shameful origins of DRIVEL: the book.


I went 28 days without applying soaps, shampoo or deodorant while I tested out an invisible live bacterial body spray that promised to leave my skin feeling cleaner and more hydrated. Here’s what happened next.


Superlettuce! Extreme weather calls for extreme crops

Modern Farmer
September 30th, 2013

Global warming will dictate the world’s salad bar in the future – and scientists are rushing to prepare our produce.


Tracking honeybees to save them

Nautilus Magazine
July 16th, 2013

Could a breakthrough in radio tracking help solve colony collapse disorder by outfitting bees with tiny radio transmitters?


Maple syrup takes turn toward technology

New York Times
March 31st, 2013

Modern maple syrup collection is two-thirds technology, one-third nostalgia. As maple farmers get more sap from their trees than ever before, critics say flavor and tradition are disappearing for good.


A Hawaiian nene. Credit: Julia Scott

How did the first Canada goose fly all the way to Hawaii? The unlikely story of how Canada’s most reviled bird became Hawaii’s most coddled endangered species.


The father of all pumpkins

October 25th, 2011

Courtesy Macleans

Revered by giant pumpkin growers everywhere but otherwise obscure, Nova Scotia farmer Howard Dill invented the Atlantic Giant pumpkin that became the forbear for the truck-sized gourds weighed at competitions today. His children explain how he did it.


The race to grow the one-ton pumpkin

The New York Times
October 6th, 2011

A group of amateur gardeners share a single, consuming obsession with growing giant pumpkins. They’ll stop at nothing – drain their own bank accounts, experiment with radical products and techniques – to trounce the competition and bring home the top prize: a new world record and eternal pumpkin glory.


Pesticides indicted in bee deaths

Salon.com, Best American Science Writing
May 18th, 2009

Agriculture officials have renewed their scrutiny of the world’s best-selling pest-killer as they try to solve the mysterious collapse of the nation’s hives.


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