Nala Rogers

Science Writer

Washington DC

Nala Rogers


Retired NOAA Scientist Doubles Down on Climate Data Controversy


How the Bees You Know are Killing the Bees You Don’t

Sam Droege slides a drawer from a tall white cabinet, releasing an odor of mothballs. Row after row of small bodies stand skewered on pins, fragile limbs frozen, furry backs as bright as sunflowers. They are all examples of Bombus affinis, most collected from meadows where this bumblebee species no longer flies.
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'Clean-burning' Fuels May be Worse for Your Lungs

Government policies encourage people to use supposedly "clean" fuels, such as processed wooden pellets for heating homes and diesel for powering ships. But these measures may do more harm than good for human health, according to recent research. In a series of experiments with human lung cells, researchers found that low-emission fuels can be highly dangerous because of the particular types of particles they contain.
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BRIEF: Methuselah Clam Reveals How We Upended the Climate

For most of the last millennium, ocean temperatures changed first, and the air above followed. But greenhouse gas emissions have reversed this pattern, warming the atmosphere so fast that the ocean is forced to catch up, according to a new study in Nature Communications. The findings were made possible by Earth’s longest-lived animal, the quahog clam, which builds a new layer of shell each year for up to five centuries.
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Ravaged Western Lands: The Dilemma of Horse & Burro Management

In the June heat, Neil Perry watched a herd of elk approach a spring at the end of a scrubby canyon. Before they could reach their goal, a white stallion charged from the trees.
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Return of the Fire Forests

Reese Thompson's family has lived in longleaf country for six generations. Once, they bled the tall, stately longleaf pines (Pinus palustris) for turpentine. When that industry died in the mid-20th century, Thompson began selling the trees for pulp wood, replacing them with other species that were easier to grow. Still, some of the original longleaf forest remained, and, in 2004, Thompson strolled through it with a visiting biologist from the National Wild Turkey Federation. "She laid a yard-square aluminum frame randomly on the ground, and she proceeded to identify 29 different species of plants that were in that yard square area," said Thompson. "I thought to myself, I'm 50 years old, I've been walking on this all my life, and I didn't realize what was underneath my feet."
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Plover chicks survive harrowing adventures to fledge on new beaches

From New Jersey to Manitoba, young piping plovers (Charadrius melodus) are learning to fly on beaches that haven’t seen plover nests in years. The birds’ expansion to new beaches is good news for the federally listed species, and it reflects hard work by wildlife professionals to keep the chicks from being crushed or eaten.
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Supposed wolf species may actually be hybrids

American canids are all mixed up, genetically speaking. That’s the conclusion of a new study examining wolf and coyote DNA, and the findings could change which animals receive Endangered Species Act protection. Red wolves (Canis rufus) have long been protected as a separate species, and more recently, researchers have proposed that “eastern wolves” in Canada’s Algonquin Provincial Park also represent a unique species.
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Flat river valleys serve as hotspot for mountain wildlife

When renowned conservation leader Harvey Locke hiked through the Flathead River Valley with TWS member Ric Hauer in 2008, he already knew the area was a hotspot for wildlife. But, like most people, he thought the river ended at the bank. He was therefore perplexed when Hauer told him they had been walking on top of the river for half an hour.
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‘Frankenturtles’ may help solve turtle stranding mystery

There’s no bringing a dead sea turtle back to life. But by filling its carcass with Styrofoam and a GPS tracker, researchers can turn it into a scientific instrument, gathering information that may some day save the lives of other turtles. Last week, researchers began releasing such “Frankenturtles” into the Chesapeake Bay in an effort to understand how carcasses drift in ocean currents.
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Museum drawers go digital

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Biologists ask NSF to reconsider plan to pause collections funding program

Leaders of U.S. natural history collections yesterday asked the National Science Foundation (NSF) to reconsider a recent decision to suspend a key funding program for a year, warning that a “vital resource is at risk.”. Agency officials, however, say the move is part of the agency’s periodic efforts to assess the effectiveness of its spending, and they played down worries that NSF will abandon its support for maintaining collections of both dead and living organisms that are important to biologists and ecologists.
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Nala Rogers

I am a staff writer at Inside Science, where I cover the Earth and Creature beats. I have written for Science, Nature, Scientific American, the University of Utah, and other outlets. In my free time I like to play with wildlife.

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