Beth Mole's Articles
- Scientists had known microbes could hitchhike across and between continents on clouds. New research now shows that some germs don’t just treat clouds as a high flying jet, but also as a cafeteria.
- Spiders that prey on aquatic insects can serve as sentinels that naturally monitor banned chemicals that still pollute many rivers across the United States.
- The pollutants in cigarette smoke can linger indoors for hours. Indeed, they may pose risks long after any visible smoke is gone.
- Recycled waste water may slake the thirst of outdoor plants. But it also can spread bacteria, a new study finds — germs that antibiotics may not be able to kill.
- CO2 values are now 50 percent higher than before the Industrial Revolution.
- Jaws may scare beachgoers. But sharks bring a smile to some environmental scientists, who are using the toothy fishes to collect data on the ocean.
- Oil spills in the ocean can perturb the beating of heart cells.
- Serenading males can sing some surprisingly low notes, and scientists have just uncovered how they do it.
- These plastic-laced water molecules can create their own protective shell. That can make capsules for holding drugs or for hosting chemical reactions.