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 simple blood test might help figure out baby's arrival date. (Pexels/Amina Filkins)
A simple blood test might help figure out baby's arrival date. (Pexels/Amina Filkins)Biomarkers in expectant women’s blood change throughout pregnancy, according to a new study that lays the groundwork for a test that could pinpoint the date of a baby’s arrival.

Green sea turtles are less subject to ocean currents than previously thought. (Gustavo Stahelin)
Green sea turtles are less subject to ocean currents than previously thought. (Gustavo Stahelin)Researchers have gained a rare glimpse of the early lives of green turtles that challenges previous hypotheses that the reptiles passively drift along ocean currents, information that could help conserve this endangered species.

Animals don't avoid mating with blood kin as much as previously thought. (Unsplash/Dušan veverkolog)
Animals don't avoid mating with blood kin as much as previously thought. (Unsplash/Dušan veverkolog)Animals aren’t picky when it comes to mating with kin, according to researchers who say their findings challenge the widely accepted view that animals steer clear of inbreeding.

Soft cauliflower corals are teetering on the brink. (David Harasti)
Soft cauliflower corals are teetering on the brink. (David Harasti)The area occupied by soft cauliflower corals shrank by almost 70% between 2011 and 2019, according to researchers who say that extreme flooding in Australia in March wiped out even more of these endangered marine creatures.

An osteoporosis treatment is showing promising results in mice. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
An osteoporosis treatment is showing promising results in mice. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Researchers have developed an osteoporosis treatment that halted bone loss and promoted bone growth in a mouse model of the disease.

Intermittent fasting's benefits go far beyond any weight loss. (AP Photo/J.M. Hirsch)
Intermittent fasting's benefits go far beyond any weight loss. (AP Photo/J.M. Hirsch)The health benefits of intermittent fasting could be partly due to changes in certain gut bacteria, according to researchers who looked at people who fasted for the Islamic holy month.

Satellite images have shown the global threat to glaciers from the warming climate. (Brian Menounos)
Satellite images have shown the global threat to glaciers from the warming climate. (Brian Menounos)The pace of glacier melting has sped up over the last two decades, according to an analysis of hundreds of thousands of glaciers that researchers called the most accurate of its kind.

Air pollution from wildfires causes even more problems than we thought. (Unsplash/Joanne Francis)
Air pollution from wildfires causes even more problems than we thought. (Unsplash/Joanne Francis)Air pollution from wildfires could worsen eczema and itchy skin, according to the first study to examine the link between wildfire smoke on skin disease.

Swiss butterflies are suffering from a host of human-caused ills. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
Swiss butterflies are suffering from a host of human-caused ills. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)An analysis of butterflies in Switzerland found elevated nitrogen levels were linked with reduced species diversity and fewer individuals, suggesting that excess nitrogen could be an underestimated driver of insect declines.

"Compostable plastic" might shed more microplastics than conventional polymers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
"Compostable plastic" might shed more microplastics than conventional polymers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)A commonly used biodegradable plastic generated more tiny plastic fragments than a comparable conventional polymer, according to a lab-based pilot study that suggests compostable alternatives may not be as environmentally friendly as they seem.

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.