Laurel Hamers

All Stories by Laurel Hamers

  1. Climate

    Climate change is shifting when Europe’s rivers flood

    Climate change has been shifting when European rivers flood by weeks or even months. This is likely to have been impacts on cities, farms and ecosystems.

  2. Chemistry

    New ‘magnet’ pulls pesky nonstick pollutants from drinking water

    Chemicals that help make pans nonstick can themselves stick around forever in the environment. But a new material can remove them from drinking water.

  3. Animals

    Evolving for flight may have changed the shapes of bird eggs

    Birds that are strong fliers tend to have stretched-out or asymmetrical eggs. This might reflect how their bodies evolved for flight.

  4. Brain

    Food smells better to sleepyheads

    People who want to resist junk foods or overeating may want to make sure they get a good night’s rest. Being tired makes the scent of foods more appealing, a new study finds.

  5. Brain

    Anxious about math? Your brain may tackle simple problems differently

    A study found more variable brain activity in people who get nervous about math problems than those who do not.

  6. Animals

    Malaria parasites lure mosquitoes to infected hosts

    Malaria parasites leave behind an alluring molecule in their hosts’ blood. It draws mosquitoes to sip it, helping spread the disease these carry.

  7. Chemistry

    Explainer: What is a catalyst?

    Catalysts are used in manufacturing and many technologies. They’re also found in living things. They help chemical reactions move along.

  8. Brain

    Chewing or breathing sounds make you seethe? Blame your brain

    People who can’t stand everyday sounds, such as chewing and breathing. The reason traces to how their brains are wired, new research finds.

  9. Ecosystems

    Underwater meadows appear to fight ocean germs

    The seagrasses that sway in coastal currents are more than aquatic groundcover. They can reduce harmful bacteria that might otherwise sicken neighboring animals, new data show.

  10. Life

    Scientists watch germs evolve into superbugs

    To study how bacteria can evolve resistance to a wide variety of drugs, scientists spread the germs on a food-filled plate the size of a foosball table. Then, they watched resistance rise.

  11. Life

    Nobel awarded for unveiling how cells recycle their trash

    Cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for discovering how cells take care of housekeeping.

  12. Brain

    Good dog! Canine brains separate tone of speech from its meaning

    Dogs brains divide up the tasks of interpreting words and interpreting emotion. It’s a skill that may have evolved even before people did.