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. 

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.

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.

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 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.