Beth Mole

All Stories by Beth Mole

  1. Environment

    Store-receipt chemicals taint blood and urine

    Cashiers who handle receipts absorb potentially risky levels of chemicals that coat the receipts, a new study shows.

  2. Environment

    Can house dust make us fat?

    Materials found in dust, including common fats, may trigger human fat cells to grow. This might promote weight gain, some scientists worry.

  3. Animals

    Climate change shrinks bumblebee’s range

    Due to global warming, bumblebees are disappearing from their southernmost homes. But their northern borders are expanding to compensate. This leaves the insects with less territory.

  4. Chemistry

    Secret to rose scent surprises scientists

    Scientists discovered the molecular tool that roses use to make fragrance. And it wasn’t what they expected.

  5. Chemistry

    News Brief: Common campfire style is still the best

    Humans tend to build fires in the same way, in a pyramid as tall as it is wide. New calculations show this shape burns hottest.

  6. Environment

    Gulf oil spill: Still poisoning dolphins to crickets

    Once the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill ended, oil continued to harm animals in the Gulf of Mexico. Five years later, it still may not be over, biologists worry.

  7. Environment

    Vaping may harm the lungs

    E-cigarettes are the most widely used tobacco product among U.S. teens. But emerging data suggest vaping can harm the lungs.

  8. Climate

    Warming’s role in extreme weather

    Extremes in temperature and precipitation will be more common as global temperatures rise. Human-led climate change is largely to blame, a new study finds.

  9. Chemistry

    News Brief: Wash removes nano germ-killers

    Manufacturers coat many fabrics with silver nanoparticles to kill bacteria. But when those items get laundered it can be bye-bye germ killers.

  10. Environment

    Fracking wastes may be toxic, tests show

    Fracking operations have been polluting the environment. Some wastes have hormonal effects. Studies in mice now show that prenatal exposures to these wastes can trigger subtle but disturbing organ impacts.

  11. Chemistry

    Cooking up life for the first time

    The basic components for life could have emerged together nearly 4 billion years ago on the surface of Earth, chemists report.

  12. Chemistry

    Goopy tech leaves older 3-D printing in its wake

    A new way of 3-D printing combines light and oxygen to create solid objects from liquid resin. The method quickly creates detailed objects.