Asher Jones

Asher Jones

Reporter, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences

Asher Jones, based in Arlington, Virginia, covers Life Sciences and Physical Sciences for The Academic Times. Prior to that, Asher was an intern at The Scientist and an AAAS Mass Media fellow at Voice of America. She has a Ph.D in Entomology from Penn State University. 

A new type of dumbo octopus has been discovered in the briny depths. (Alexander Ziegler)
A new type of dumbo octopus has been discovered in the briny depths. (Alexander Ziegler)Researchers used medical imaging techniques to peer inside a deep-sea octopus, allowing them to describe a new species without destroying the unique specimen.

Just as with humans, chronic stress can shorten the lives of baboons. (Fernando A. Campos)
Just as with humans, chronic stress can shorten the lives of baboons. (Fernando A. Campos)A long-term study of baboons found that high levels of stress hormones were strongly linked with shorter lifespan, providing the first evidence that stress influences the survival of wild animals.

Infinitely recyclable plastic is possible, but it needs to be cheaper. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Infinitely recyclable plastic is possible, but it needs to be cheaper. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)A new type of plastic that can be recycled over and over again has the potential to help reduce the staggering amount of plastic waste that is crammed into landfills and pollutes the environment, but researchers recommend tweaking production processes to make the material cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

Hormone therapy for some transgender people may lead to hypertension. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Hormone therapy for some transgender people may lead to hypertension. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)Transmasculine people’s blood pressure increased after starting hormone therapy, while the opposite trend was seen in transfeminine participants, according to the largest and longest study of its kind.

Researchers have developed a new method to prevent heart failure in mice.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Researchers have developed a new method to prevent heart failure in mice.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Researchers have developed a compound that blocked an important regulator of heart failure in mice, which could pave the way toward future therapeutics for the often fatal condition.

CRISPR is not quite ready for one of its biggest hoped-for purposes. (AP Photo/CDC)
CRISPR is not quite ready for one of its biggest hoped-for purposes. (AP Photo/CDC)CRISPR caused unintended changes to the genetic code in 16% of human embryo cells in a new study, and its authors say the findings highlight that more research is needed before the gene-editing tool is safe for human fertility applications.

The new frontier in lung cancer detection involves the breath from those lungs. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The new frontier in lung cancer detection involves the breath from those lungs. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)A new test that detected lung cancer from exhaled breath with 96% accuracy is simpler and faster than similar breath tests, according to researchers, who suggest their advance is a step toward improved diagnostics for the prevalent disease.

A shockingly small percentage of the planet is "ecologically intact." (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
A shockingly small percentage of the planet is "ecologically intact." (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)A new study argues that just 2.8% of Earth's terrestrial area is "ecologically intact," about 10 times lower than previous estimates, which scientists use to help prioritize areas for conservation.

Young city birds' immune systems take a hit from light pollution. (Hannah Watson)
Young city birds' immune systems take a hit from light pollution. (Hannah Watson)Researchers found that exposing great tit nestlings to artificial light at night altered their immune responses, suggesting that light pollution could harm the health of urban birds by potentially making them less able to fend off infections.

A new Ebola test could change the testing game. (Christopher Black/World Health Organization via AP)
A new Ebola test could change the testing game. (Christopher Black/World Health Organization via AP)A new test for Ebola provides a result in 60 minutes and detects infections in monkeys earlier than other assays, according to U.S. researchers who say the technology could help thwart deadly virus outbreaks.