Beth Mole

All Stories by Beth Mole

  1. Environment

    Replacement ‘plastic’ may be as risky as BPA

    Bisphenol chemicals are the basic building block of many common plastics. Some governments have banned BPA from baby bottles. But mounting evidence suggests that its replacement, BPS, may be no safer.

  2. Microbes

    Clouds may be dining cars for some germs

    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.

  3. Environment

    Spidey sense: Eight-legged pollution monitors

    Spiders that prey on aquatic insects can serve as sentinels that naturally monitor banned chemicals that still pollute many rivers across the United States.

  4. Environment

    Thirdhand smoke poses lingering danger

    The pollutants in cigarette smoke can linger indoors for hours. Indeed, they may pose risks long after any visible smoke is gone.

  5. Environment

    Watering plants with wastewater can spread germs

    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.

  6. Environment

    Seeing red: North’s CO2 hits new peak

    CO2 values are now 50 percent higher than before the Industrial Revolution.

  7. Animals

    Sharks become science helpers

    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.

  8. Environment

    Oil harms fish hearts

    Oil spills in the ocean can perturb the beating of heart cells.

  9. Animals

    Koalas’ very deep voice

    Serenading males can sing some surprisingly low notes, and scientists have just uncovered how they do it.

  10. Chemistry

    Self-forming envelope holds fluids

    These plastic-laced water molecules can create their own protective shell. That can make capsules for holding drugs or for hosting chemical reactions.