Kate Baggaley

Kate Baggaley was the fall 2014/spring 2015 intern at Science News.

All Stories by Kate Baggaley

  1. sorghum
    Agriculture

    Restoring crop genes to wild form may make plants more resilient

    Restoring wild genes could make plants more resilient in tough environments.

  2. plastic chip with dozens of little wells
    Life

    Fast test reveals drug-resistant bacteria

    A new test uses time-lapse photography to see within a few hours whether individual bacterial cells are vulnerable to antibiotics.

  3. Neuroscience

    Molecule impairs brain cells that fail in Alzheimer’s

    In mice, blocking a molecule on immune cells allowed them to mop up the type of protein buildup seen in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Fatty coat on cancer drugs protects the heart

    Cancer drugs encased in a layer of fat reduce but don’t eliminate heart damage.

  5. Vulture eating roadkill
    Animals

    Vulture guts are filled with noxious bacteria

    Vultures’ guts are chock-full of bacteria that sicken other creatures.

  6. Neuroscience

    Areas people like to be caressed match up with nerve fibers

    A caress in a sweet spot at the right speed activates nerve fibers tied to social touch.

  7. bath salts, the stimulant drug
    Neuroscience

    ‘Bath salts’ reduce communication in rat brains

    The recreational drugs known as bath salts cause a loss of communication between areas in the rat brain.

  8. football tackle in a college game
    Neuroscience

    Magnets in helmets might make football safer

    The repulsive force of magnets in football helmets could slow the impact of collisions, reducing concussion danger and making the game safer.

  9. rotting fish
    Health & Medicine

    Foul smells during sleep may help smokers quit

    A night of smelling rotten eggs and fish while inhaling cigarette odors makes smokers reach for fewer cigarettes upon waking.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Increase in Denmark’s autism diagnoses caused by reporting changes

    Changes in how autism is detected and recorded explain 60 percent of the recent increase in diagnoses, a Danish study finds.

  11. rover disguised as emperor penguin chick
    Animals

    Remote-controlled rover doesn’t spook penguins

    Remote-controlled rovers get close to skittish penguins without bothering them; a chick disguise wins over the wariest birds.

  12. aqua-hamster test
    Tech

    Sheath helps ‘aqua-hamster’ survive underwater

    Scientists hoped a membrane invented in 1964 would let submarines pull air from seawater.