Beth Mole

All Stories by Beth Mole

  1. trail of covert forms of neurotoxin
    Environment

    Mystery toxins in tainted New Zealand honey nabbed

    Sweet and stealthy toxins have been caught sticky-handed, potentially solving a decades-long mystery of tainted honey in New Zealand.

  2. dead dolphin
    Environment

    Rising dolphin deaths linked to Deepwater Horizon spill

    Lung lesions and other injuries link an extensive die-off of dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  3. carbon sink
    Climate

    Tranquil ecosystems may explain wild swings in carbon dioxide stashing

    Semiarid ecosystems, such as grasslands and shrublands, are behind the large variation in the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide sucked in by land each year.

  4. someone smoking an e-cigarette
    Environment

    E-cigarette flavorings may harm lungs

    Certain e-cigarette flavors, such as banana pudding, may damage lung tissue

  5. Sea sawdust cyanobacterium
    Oceans

    Mysterious form of phosphorus explained

    Mysterious form of phosphorus may be used as shadow currency by marine microbes, potentially upending scientists’ understanding of nutrient exchanges.

  6. drugs in fingerprints
    Chemistry

    Fingerprints give away more than identity

    Scientists can now detect and measure the amount of illegal drugs, such as cocaine and heroin, on a lone fingerprint.

  7. pig farm
    Microbes

    Pig farm workers at greater risk for drug-resistant staph

    Pig farm workers are six times as likely to carry multidrug-resistant staph than workers who have no contact with pigs.

  8. gram staining bacteria
    Chemistry

    Bacteria staining method has long been misexplained

    New research upends what scientists know about a classic lab technique, called gram staining, used for more than a century to characterized and classify bacteria.

  9. blood cell type enzyme
    Chemistry

    Sugar-cleaving molecule raises hope for universal blood

    An engineered enzyme can quickly slice and dice some A and B markers from blood cells, bringing researchers closer to creating universal blood.

  10. bombardier beetle
    Animals

    Beetle’s toxic, explosive vapor explained

    From a two-chambered gland in their rears, bombardier beetles unleash a toxic, blazing hot spray to defend themselves.

  11. polar bear with cubs
    Animals

    Climate change revs up extinction risks

    One in six species on the planet may face extinction if the global temperatures continue to rise.

  12. dried up swimming hole in Australia
    Climate

    Warming’s role in extreme weather quantified

    Scientists calculate how much to blame human-driven climate change for extreme high temperatures and heavy rainfall.