Beth Mole

All Stories by Beth Mole

  1. truffles

    Microbes’ role in truffle scents not trifling

    Truffles make their prized aroma with a little help from their microbes, chemists suggest.

  2. U.S. oil and gas wells

    Fracking doesn’t always go to great depths

    Fracking at shallow depths is unexpectedly common in the United States and raises new concern for drinking water contamination.

  3. paclitaxel

    Biology may provide just the right chemistry for new drugs

    Using enzymes and microbes to make new drugs may help revive the pharmaceutical industry.

  4. sea spray

    Blooming phytoplankton seed clouds in the Southern Ocean

    Booming phytoplankton populations spark cloud formation in the Southern Ocean.

  5. One of Beauveria bassiana's (a fungus) vicitims

    A downy killer wages chemical warfare

    The common fungus Beauveria bassiana makes white downy corpses of its victims.

  6. Tech

    Flame-finding pistols set off decades of blazing technology

    Researchers unveiled a gun-shaped flame detector in 1965

  7. Climate

    Bumblebee territory shrinking under climate change

    Climate change is shrinking bumblebee habitat as southern territories heat up and bumblebees hold their lines in the north.

  8. rose

    Missing enzyme to blame for scentless roses

    The unusual enzyme behind roses’ sweet smell may help researchers revive the flower’s potent aroma.

  9. Environment

    Oil-munching microbes cleaning up Gulf marshes faster than expected

    Microbes in some of Louisiana’s marshes are breaking down oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill faster than expected.

  10. Microbes

    Spore-powered engines zoom ahead

    Engines that run on the dehydration of bacterial spores can power a tiny car and an LED.

  11. campfire

    Common campfire build confirmed as best

    A standard method for building fires, making the height about equal to the width, is the most efficient structure for stoking the hottest flames, calculations show.

  12. coral

    Real estate is tight as marine species move to cooler waters

    Marine species migrating amid global warming face shrinking habitats in cooler locations.