Asher Jones

Asher Jones

Reporter, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences

@AsherGJones

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. 

Bees may not cross the road to get to the other side.  (Pixabay/Denis Geier)
Bees may not cross the road to get to the other side.  (Pixabay/Denis Geier) Bees delivered less pigment — a proxy for pollen — to flowers across roads than to flowers on the same side, suggesting that streets and highways may act as barriers to pollination.

Any sort of tobacco-smoke exposure appears to be bad for babies. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Any sort of tobacco-smoke exposure appears to be bad for babies. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) Infants exposed to higher levels of nicotine that lingers on surfaces and in the air had different gut bacteria than babies with lower exposure, a study found.

Cows and ants work together to keep soil healthy. (Zhiwei Zhong)
Cows and ants work together to keep soil healthy. (Zhiwei Zhong) Leaf litter decomposition rates were higher in pastures with both cattle and ants than on plots with either or both animal groups excluded, according to researchers who say these findings could inform better management of grassland ecosystems.

Lanthanide oxides: clockwise from top center: praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium and gadolinium. (US Department of Agriculture/Peggy Greb)
Lanthanide oxides: clockwise from top center: praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium and gadolinium. (US Department of Agriculture/Peggy Greb) Crucial components of magnets, batteries and other technologies, lanthanides disrupt important cellular pathways in yeast, but to varying degrees, according to a new study that dug into the toxicity of these widely used metals.

California condor No. 67 takes flight near Big Sur, California. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
California condor No. 67 takes flight near Big Sur, California. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) The California condor, a critically endangered vulture that was once extinct in the wild, has unexpectedly high genetic diversity, according to researchers who say this increases the birds' chance of adapting to climate change and other anthropogenic modifications to the environment.

Plants with pretty flowers get more research than their less-showy cousins. (Martino Adamo)
Plants with pretty flowers get more research than their less-showy cousins. (Martino Adamo) Scientific studies are skewed toward plants with colorful and conspicuous blooms, according to researchers who argue that these findings indicate an ‘aesthetic bias’ in plant research.

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.