Kendall Morgan

All Stories by Kendall Morgan

  1. A Rocky Start

    A new origin-of-life theory holds that life began within the confines of iron sulfide rocks surrounding hydrothermal vents at the ocean bottom.

  2. Ecosystems

    At a Snail’s Place: Rock climbing cuts mollusk diversity

    As rock climbing soars in popularity, some cliff-side snail populations may be crashing.

  3. Earth

    Wrong Number: Plastic ingredient spurs chromosomal defects

    The primary chemical in some plastics causes female mice to produce eggs with abnormal numbers of chromosomes.

  4. Earth

    Clean Casualties: Everyday chemicals may shift ecosystems

    Trace amounts of the chemical concoctions used to battle bacteria in kitchens and bathrooms may kill off algae, an effect that researchers say may have far-reaching consequences.

  5. No Rest for the Waking: Brain cells for alertness fire without cues

    The brain cells that keep people awake fire spontaneously and continuously on their own, suggesting that sleep depends on signals from other brain regions that quiet these neurons.

  6. Health & Medicine

    More than a Kick

    Nicotine ramps up activity throughout the body, making the drug a suspect in many tobacco-related ailments.

  7. Earth

    Fallen Trees? Scotch pines emit nitrogen oxides into the air

    Northern pine forests may exude nitrogen oxides—a contributor to smog and acid rain—in quantities that rival those produced by industry and traffic worldwide.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Pregnancy Woe Uncovered: Protein may underlie preeclampsia

    New evidence links a placental protein to preeclampsia symptoms and may lead to new ways of detecting and treating the disease.

  9. Earth

    Sexual Hang-Up: Fish hormones change when oxygen is scarce

    Oxygen deprivation—an escalating problem in freshwater ecosystems worldwide—tampers with sex hormones in carp and might underlie the decline in some fish and amphibian species.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Hold the Phone? Radiation from cell phones hurts rats’ brains

    A single 2-hour exposure to the microwaves emitted by some cell phones kills brain cells in rats.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Montezuma’s Welcome Revenge? Bacterial toxin may fend off colon cancer

    A diarrhea-inducing toxin from some strains of the common gut bacterium E. coli stifles colon cancer cell growth and may lead to new treatments.

  12. Health & Medicine

    Mind Numbing: Anesthesia in baby rats stunts brain development

    General anesthetic drugs commonly used in pediatric surgery, when given to baby rats, trigger brain cells to commit a cellular form of suicide that leads to lasting memory and learning deficits.