Nala Rogers

Science Writer

Washington DC

Nala Rogers


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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Smell Of Sex Lures Moths To A Spidery Doom

Andy Warren spent the summer of 2014 driving around the country with a pair of “magic spiders.” Warren, senior collections manager for the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the Florida Museum of Natural History, calls the spiders “magic” because of the way they seduce moths into their webs.
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How To Win Friends And Influence Ducklings

How should you treat your ducks? The answer is mired in duckling politics. When ducklings head out to bathe in a pool, they usually follow the same individual, new research has found. But do they visit the pool that’s best for everyone, or just the one their chief prefers? This puzzle has made it hard for farmers to know how to provide for all their ducks equally, and for biologists to know what social animals really want.
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Driving Fee Rolls Back Asthma Attacks in Stockholm

Most people weren't worried about air pollution in Stockholm, Sweden in 2006, according to Emilia Simeonova, an economist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The city already had relatively low levels of nitrogen dioxide and fine particulates, pollutants from car exhaust that can damage lungs and exacerbate asthma.

Slideshow: The Dazzling Diversity of Bees

Think of a bee. Chances are you are picturing a western honey bee, an Afro-Eurasian species commonly raised by beekeepers. But western honey bees are just one of more than 20,000 bee species in the world. Unlike honey bees, most wild bee species are solitary, and many specialize on one or a few types of flowers.
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The Changing Face of American Forests

This mushroom is the fruiting body of an ectomycorrhizal fungus, an organism that forms partnerships with trees and can decompose organic matter. Other parts of the fungus grow in sheaths around tree roots or branch out through the soil in search of nutrients. Fossil fuel emissions are transforming forests from the bottom up by releasing massive amounts of nitrogen into soil.
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BRIEF: Mining May Threaten Newly Discovered Ocean Ecosystems

In 2003, researchers discovered a never-before-seen biological world: vast forests of sponges and corals growing on the metal-encrusted peaks of mountains submerged deep in the sea. Now, researchers are scrambling to document these unknown ecosystems before mining operations start grinding some of them into rubble.
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Male Guppies Try to Swim Through Walls; Females go Around

Male fish are better than females at navigating a complex maze, but they flounder when faced with a simple transparent wall, according to a new study. The findings may indicate that females take a more flexible approach to solving problems, whereas males try to power through using sheer persistence.
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Adolescent Boys Roam Farther To Find Mates

From myths to cartoons, our stories are full of teenage boys going off on roaming, romantic adventures. These stories may have a basis in fact, according to a new study: Men in a South American society travel more than women, but only during adolescence, when they are most actively seeking romantic partners.
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New Airport Screening Method Catches More Than 20 Times As Many Liars

Around the world, airport security teams attempt to identify terrorists by spotting nonverbal cues such as fidgeting or facial expressions that are believed to reveal deception. But according to many researchers, this approach just doesn’t work.
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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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