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Leo Bear-McGuinness

Science Writer & Editor

 at Technology Networks

Leo is a science writer with a focus on environmental and food research. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Newcastle University and a master's degree in science communication from the University of Edinburgh.

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Published Content
Total: 85
A wood on fire.

Lightning Is the Leading Cause of Fires in Boreal Forests

Researchers have documented that lightning – not human activity – is the dominant cause of wildfires in boreal forests.
Diver in the sea cave.

New Device Can "Smell" Sea Sponges

With the help of a new device, the In Situ Marine moleculE Logger, or I-SMEL, researchers at Station Marine d’Endoume, Marseille, have been able to collect sea sponge compounds with newfound ease.
Butter melting in a pan.

Synthetic Fats Could Reduce Palm Oil Reliance

Researchers posit that swapping out palm oil for synthetic fats could save the world millions of tons of carbon emissions per year.
A ruminant chewing on a bush.

Most Plant Rewilding Efforts Fail To Control Herbivores

According to the analysis, herbivorous creatures living near rewilding sites reduced vegetation abundance by 89%, on average.
Meat in fridges

Cigarette-Style Packaging Warnings Could Help Cut Meat Consumption

Participants in the research were between 7-10% less likely to purchase meat products if they came with bold warning labels, similar to the kind used in cigarette packaging.
Tractors in fields.

Soybean Production and Pesticides Linked to Childhood Leukemia Deaths in Brazil

The high quantities of pesticides used on the soybean crops are thought to be responsible for the country's rising rates of childhood cancers.
Ice sheet with penguins.

Underwater Robot Reveals New Details of Antarctic Ice Crevasses

Under the direction of a Cornell-led research team, the robot has meandered through the many crevasses below Antarctica, scanning the slopes of ice and examining water conditions along the way.
An overflowing bowl of blueberries.

Sunflower Extract Can Protect Blueberries From Mold

Researchers from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, demonstrated that several compounds extracted from sunflower stems can fight against Botrytis cinerea, a mold that often grows over picked berries.
Coral bleaching in action.

Coral Bleaching Found at New Ocean Depths

Scientists from the University of Plymouth have found coral reef bleaching 90 meters below the surface of the Indian Ocean – a new record depth for coral damage.

Ancient Europeans Regularly Ate Seaweed

In a new paper, published in Nature Communications, researchers say they have found “definitive” archeological evidence that seaweeds and other freshwater plants were eaten in Europe from the Mesolithic period to the early Middle Ages.