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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
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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.
Sourdough bread

Different Bacteria Need Different Flour in Sourdough

The type of bacterial ecosystem found in a sourdough starter depends on the type of flour used, according to a new paper.
A jar of honey with a honey stick above, held in a hand.

New Sensor Can Identify Watered-Down Honey

Some honey is more watered-down than golden brown, and this new sensor can tell the difference.
A magic mushroom in a test tube.

Psilocybin Is Safe to Give to Anorexic Patients, Trial Finds

Researchers gave the ‘magic mushroom’ drug to ten participants with anorexia, who then received follow-up psychological support.