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.

Do magnetic fields that hold the universe together exist? An answer might be close. (Unsplash/Tengyart)
Do magnetic fields that hold the universe together exist? An answer might be close. (Unsplash/Tengyart) About half of the relatively small portion of the universe that is not dark matter or energy is in fact a mixture of gases that may connect galaxies in a kind of a loose cosmic web, according to new research illuminating vast areas of the universe that were previously unknown.

A drug taken during pregnancy might be causing cancer later in life. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
A drug taken during pregnancy might be causing cancer later in life. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh) A drug given to pregnant women in the mid-20th century may be partly to blame for rising cancer rates in younger adults, a new preliminary study suggests. And the same drug, administered later in pregnancy, is currently the only one available in the U.S. to prevent preterm births in women who previously experienced one.

Blood thinners might have a benefit beyond preventing heart attacks. (AP Photo/Christina Paolucci)
Blood thinners might have a benefit beyond preventing heart attacks. (AP Photo/Christina Paolucci) Anticoagulant drugs may not only prevent blood clots in cancer patients — they may also help prevent the spread of tumors, according to the first in vivo experiment of its kind.

Strange swimming patterns seem to cross species. (Takashi Iwata, Shiomi Kozue, Kagari Aoki, Mark Royer, Tomoko Narazaki)
Strange swimming patterns seem to cross species. (Takashi Iwata, Shiomi Kozue, Kagari Aoki, Mark Royer, Tomoko Narazaki) At any given moment, a sea turtle is probably swimming in a constant, hypnotic circle somewhere in the ocean — and so are a king penguin, a tiger shark and a Cuvier's beaked whale, among a number of other species.

Solar arrays floating on lakes can interfere with its ecosystem. (AP Image/Susan Montoya Brian)
Solar arrays floating on lakes can interfere with its ecosystem. (AP Image/Susan Montoya Brian) Many countries are generating renewable energy using floating solar arrays, but by shielding the surface of bodies of water from solar radiation and wind, the technology could disrupt aquatic ecosystems, with mixed implications for flora and fauna.

An extinct Haitian bird has a puzzling family tree. (Unsplash/Rural Explorer)
An extinct Haitian bird has a puzzling family tree. (Unsplash/Rural Explorer) When it comes to identifying birds, DNA always beats binoculars and field guides.

New technology may help stop one of the leading toxins poisoning the world's water. (Ashok Gadgil)
New technology may help stop one of the leading toxins poisoning the world's water. (Ashok Gadgil) Difficult to remove and highly carcinogenic, arsenic is one of the most common water contaminants around the world, with millions of people drinking it every day. But that number may start to drop as newer, cheaper purification technology emerges — and U.S. researchers have invented one method that could make an impact in developing countries, especially.

A yeast used in food processing can aggravate Crohn's disease. (Pixabay/Oldiefan)
A yeast used in food processing can aggravate Crohn's disease. (Pixabay/Oldiefan) A common yeast used in food processing may exacerbate the effects of Crohn's disease by weakening the colon's healing process.

Posture tweaks can make all the difference for alpine skiiers. (Pixabay/Josef Pichler)
Posture tweaks can make all the difference for alpine skiiers. (Pixabay/Josef Pichler) Alpine skiers can reduce their aerodynamic drag by making slight tweaks to the angle of their hips and torso in a tucked position, according to new findings that were derived from elite athletes and add to the scant body of research on the physics of downhill skiing, a closely guarded trade secret.

The reservoirs that fuel many hydroelectric dams are causing an environmental issue. (Unsplash/Edward Koorev)
The reservoirs that fuel many hydroelectric dams are causing an environmental issue. (Unsplash/Edward Koorev) Even though they are ultimately cleaner than fossil fuels, many hydroelectric dams absorb so much solar radiation that they could take several decades to provide a net climate benefit.

Songbirds are changing their schedule as the climate warms. (Pixabay/Mickey Estes)
Songbirds are changing their schedule as the climate warms. (Pixabay/Mickey Estes) Over the last 40 years, some songbirds have been shifting their arrival time at important stopover sites on long migratory routes, raising questions about how well they can adapt to changing environments as temperatures rise.

One of the world's fastest birds is giving new clues about migration. (Andrew Dixon)
One of the world's fastest birds is giving new clues about migration. (Andrew Dixon) Scientists have believed for years that specific genes may influence how birds migrate, and a new study of peregrine falcons offers the clearest evidence yet to support this hypothesis.