Kevin Wheeler

Kevin Wheeler

Reporter, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences

@kdub_333

Kevin Wheeler, based in Peekskill, NY, covers Life Sciences and Physical Sciences for The Academic Times. Prior to that, Kevin wrote for Audubon Magazine, USA Today and KUT Public Media in Austin, Texas. He won the William J. Rowley Award for journalistic writing at the University at Albany. He graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2018.

It looks like the Red Sea might be the Red Ocean. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
It looks like the Red Sea might be the Red Ocean. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) New research indicates that the Red Sea may not be a sea at all, because it is spreading like an ocean basin and has reached its young adulthood after 13 million years.

A once-pristine habitat is suffering from the demands placed on the area by the tourists who support the area's economy. (Fernanda Adame Vivanco)
A once-pristine habitat is suffering from the demands placed on the area by the tourists who support the area's economy. (Fernanda Adame Vivanco) The Yucátan Peninsula's mangrove sinkholes are known sources of soil carbon, and researchers just found the most carbon-rich one yet, marking an important step in assessing the economic value of these ecologically vital areas — and highlighting the need for their conservation.

We love our dogs, but our love for specific breeds is damaging them. (Pixabay/Rebecca Schönbrodt-Rühl)
We love our dogs, but our love for specific breeds is damaging them. (Pixabay/Rebecca Schönbrodt-Rühl) Researchers have uncovered the basis for a range of undesirable genetic variations in dogs, from golden and Labrador retrievers to Yorkshire terriers, pointing to the preservation of recessive mutations fostered over hundreds of years of inbreeding.

New findings show the toxic pesticides used on U.S. crops are everywhere to be found in our rivers. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
New findings show the toxic pesticides used on U.S. crops are everywhere to be found in our rivers. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) Many U.S. waterways contain pesticide levels that pose potential harm to aquatic life, according to a new study from the United States Geological Survey.

Doctors may have a new way to assess a baby's likelihood of allergies very early on. (Unsplash/Chiến Phạm)
Doctors may have a new way to assess a baby's likelihood of allergies very early on. (Unsplash/Chiến Phạm) A baby's first poop correlates with whether the newborn will develop allergies later on, because the metabolite content of this earliest excretion may play an important role in teaching an infant's immune system to accept stimuli ranging from peanuts to pollen.

It turns out we can add "watching dolphins" to the list of things drones are really good for. (Stephanie Stack/Pacific Whale Foundation)
It turns out we can add "watching dolphins" to the list of things drones are really good for. (Stephanie Stack/Pacific Whale Foundation) Marine scientists have discovered that using drones to monitor the physical condition of dolphins is nearly as accurate as examining a dolphin in person — but much easier to practice.

Your tomato plants might appreciate this insect taking a hit, but what does it mean for the environment? (Wikimedia/Daniel Schwen)
Your tomato plants might appreciate this insect taking a hit, but what does it mean for the environment? (Wikimedia/Daniel Schwen) Repeated exposure to sublethal heat waves can severely impede the development of the relatively hardy tobacco hornworm larvae, according to a new study that adds to a growing body of literature describing how the insect kingdom is faring as the world warms.

Cats might beat kidney disease before they even get it, thanks to a new test. (Henry Moore Jr.)
Cats might beat kidney disease before they even get it, thanks to a new test. (Henry Moore Jr.) Chronic kidney disease, a common killer of elderly cats, can only be managed, not treated. But U.S. researchers have invented a new genetic test that may help at-risk cats get the care they need before their kidneys start to fail.

A "baby galaxy" has been found, expanding our knowledge of the cosmos. (ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), Fujimoto et al., NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope)
A "baby galaxy" has been found, expanding our knowledge of the cosmos. (ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), Fujimoto et al., NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope) Researchers have uncovered a "baby galaxy" 12.4 billion light-years from Earth, whose discovery upends previous knowledge about galaxy formation in the early universe and may aid in the future identification of more hidden galaxies.

Discovery of new respiratory cells may hold key to preventing SIDS. (Unsplash/Marie Despeyroux)
Discovery of new respiratory cells may hold key to preventing SIDS. (Unsplash/Marie Despeyroux) Scientists discovered new types of cells in the respiratory system's epithelial lining that could shed new light on the mysterious sudden infant death syndrome.

The black fruited stenophylla coffee, photographed in Ivory Coast. (E. Couturon, IRD)
The black fruited stenophylla coffee, photographed in Ivory Coast. (E. Couturon, IRD) The answer to the coffee industry's climate problem may lie in the forests of Sierra Leone, where there exists a newly rediscovered species of bean that researchers have now proven to grow at high temperatures and make a great cup.

A human-monkey embryo has been created using stem cells. (Ivan D. Gromicho)
A human-monkey embryo has been created using stem cells. (Ivan D. Gromicho) Chinese researchers have successfully created chimeric embryos by combining human stem cells and monkey blastocysts, a groundbreaking advance with both practical and ethical implications for the future of medicine.