Kate Baggaley

Kate Baggaley

Reporter, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences

Kate Baggaley, based in northern New Jersey, covers Life Sciences and Physical Sciences for The Academic Times. Prior to that, Kate was a freelance reporter whose work appeared in Popular Science, NBC News MACH and other publications. She has a master’s degree from New York University’s Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program and a degree in biology from Vassar College.

Urban oil wells have health impacts for the surrounding neighborhoods. (Sandy Navarro)
Urban oil wells have health impacts for the surrounding neighborhoods. (Sandy Navarro)People who live near active or dormant oil wells have poorer lung function than those whose homes are farther away, according to a study of two predominantly low-income Black and Latinx neighborhoods in South Los Angeles.

The land is sinking and the sea is rising, meaning Texas floods will be more severe. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
The land is sinking and the sea is rising, meaning Texas floods will be more severe. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Houston and other cities in the populous southeastern part of the Lone Star State are likely to face worsened flooding later this century due to the combined impacts of sea level rise and a gradual sinking of the land, scientists have reported.

The Cretaceous saw billions of T. rex roaming the Earth. (Keegan Houser)
The Cretaceous saw billions of T. rex roaming the Earth. (Keegan Houser)During its reign of more than 2 million years, Tyrannosaurus rex persisted for more than 125,000 generations and ultimately spawned roughly 2.5 billion tyrant lizards, scientists reported this week.

Scientists are learning more about whether these planets can sustain life. (NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle via AP)
Scientists are learning more about whether these planets can sustain life. (NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle via AP)Scientists have separated out a trio of key processes to understand how each one keeps heat moving and shapes the atmospheres of tidally locked planets, which have permanent day and night sides.

Warm water in Antarctica is causing troubling developments along an ice shelf. (Alexsandra Mazur)
Warm water in Antarctica is causing troubling developments along an ice shelf. (Alexsandra Mazur)For the first time, scientists have visited the northwestern face of the vast Thwaites Ice Shelf, in Antarctica, and discovered that it is inundated with warm water from multiple directions, which could speed its melting.

Solar power facilities disturb animal habitats, no matter their size. (Ji Yoon Kim)
Solar power facilities disturb animal habitats, no matter their size. (Ji Yoon Kim)Solar power facilities in Japan and South Korea can destroy substantial amounts of wildlife habitats, but building future plants in urban areas could mitigate the damage, scientists have reported.

New facts about Osiris' atmosphere have been discovered, telling us more about where this "hot Jupiter" formed. (NASA/European Space Agency)
New facts about Osiris' atmosphere have been discovered, telling us more about where this "hot Jupiter" formed. (NASA/European Space Agency)Scientists have observed an array of molecules in the atmosphere of a well-known "hot Jupiter" that indicate the exoplanet formed much farther from its sun than previously thought.

An increase in Arctic lightning strikes is another way climate change is expected to impact the world. (Unsplash/NOAA)
An increase in Arctic lightning strikes is another way climate change is expected to impact the world. (Unsplash/NOAA)Summer lightning strikes across the Arctic could more than double by the end of the century, potentially altering the vegetation and soil in ways that further exacerbate the impacts of climate change.

New technology could let spacecraft dodge satellites in orbit. (Unsplash/NASA)
New technology could let spacecraft dodge satellites in orbit. (Unsplash/NASA)Researchers are seeking a patent for a technique that would estimate the relative locations of satellites beyond low Earth orbit with unprecedented accuracy, which could allow spacecraft to navigate autonomously at high altitudes.

Some of the coldest seawater on Earth has a thriving fish population. (Pauline Snoeijs Leijonmalm)
Some of the coldest seawater on Earth has a thriving fish population. (Pauline Snoeijs Leijonmalm)Scientists have discovered acoustic evidence of a small but unexpected trove of small fish and zooplankton hundreds of meters below the surface of the icy Central Arctic Ocean, an area that will become more exposed due to climate change in the coming decades.

Melting sea ice drove harsh winter weather in Europe. (Hannah Bailey)
Melting sea ice drove harsh winter weather in Europe. (Hannah Bailey)The extraordinarily snowy winter that Europe endured in 2018 was fueled by the melting of ice in the Barents Sea, new research indicates, meaning the region could be in store for more extreme blizzards in the decades to come.

Lasers might give us a better way to track cow ... emissions. (AP Photo/Charlie Litchfield)
Lasers might give us a better way to track cow ... emissions. (AP Photo/Charlie Litchfield)Scientists used lasers to measure methane emissions from cows more precisely over large areas than previously possible, which could lead to better estimates of how much greenhouse gas livestock produce.