Lindsey Konkel

Freelance Writer

Lindsey Konkel likes to write stories about the environment and health for Science News for Students. She has degrees in biology and journalism. She has three cats, Misty, Trumpet and Charlotte, and one dog, Lucky.

All Stories by Lindsey Konkel

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    Dirty air can harm your brain and stress the body

    New research shows that polluted air can mess with the bodies — including the brains — of even healthy kids and teens.

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    Health & Medicine

    E-cigarettes don’t need nicotine to be toxic

    E-cigarettes without nicotine can still be toxic. New studies find the flavorings in e-cigarettes can harm cells of the human immune system.

  3. Environment

    Touching receipts can lead to lengthy pollutant exposures

    The chemical BPA, which coats some cash-register receipts, may linger in the body for far longer than if someone had ingested it.

  4. Earth

    Cool Jobs: Unearthing the secrets of soil

    In ordinary soil, scientists can find clues to past civilizations, evidence to catch criminals and bacteria that might help fight global warming.

  5. Chemistry

    Why are cicadas such clumsy fliers?

    Chemical clues in the cicada’s wing may help explain why the bulky insect is a lousy flier.

  6. Chemistry

    Why onions make us cry

    Researchers add another piece to the molecular puzzle biochemists have tried to solve for decades — why onions can make our eyes tear up.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Vape tricks could increase health risks, experts warn

    Many teen e-cigarette users try vape tricks, a new study shows. Researchers worry the tricks could boost the health risks of vaping.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Explainer: What is a vaccine?

    Vaccines give the body’s natural defense system a boost against infectious disease.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Hunting the mysterious source of a global illness

    Doctors and scientists around the world are scouring the environment for the elusive cause of Kawasaki disease, a harmful childhood illness.

  10. Tech

    Therapeutic robots may soon swim within the body

    Scientists are designing tiny robots that may one day do work inside the human body.

  11. Animals

    Popular pesticide may harm bee flight

    In a lab experiment, honeybees flew sluggishly after eating pesticide-tainted food.

  12. Environment

    Some food-packaging pollutants mess with the thyroid

    Chemical pollutants may hurt the ability of the thyroid gland to make an important hormone. Teens may be most at risk.