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Leo Bear-McGuinness

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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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Butterfly and bee rest on flowers.

Profits Blooms When Flowers Are Planted on Indian Farms

After planting flowers alongside moringa trees in orchards in southern India, researchers increased the abundance and diversity of flower-visiting insects, ultimately improving pollination and boosting crop yield.
Three burgers.

Researchers Dispute Findings of Study on the Appeal of Ultra-Processed Foods

The surprising findings have been called into question by certain food and nutrition researchers. Their main critique: the study’s participants judged pictures of food, not actual food.
Coffee mug with coffee beans.

Used Coffee Harbors New Compounds for Treating Brain Diseases

The authors of the study say that caffeic-acid based carbon quantum dots – which can be derived from spent coffee grounds – have the potential to protect brain cells from damage.
A tin of caviar.

Europe’s Caviar Has a Poaching Problem

Within the European Union, caviar, the famously fancy delicacy, can only legally be sourced from farmed sturgeon. Yet, according to a new study, it seems much of the caviar sold in Eastern Europe is sourced from wild fish, illegally.
Petri dish of worms

“Naked Clams” Could Be the Eco-Friendly Seafood of the Future

These saltwater clams are the eco-friendly, sustainable grub of the future, according to a new study published in Sustainable Agriculture.
Like a flower to a bee

Bumblebees Can’t Taste Pesticides in Their Nectar

In a behavioral experiment, bees consumed the same amount of food, regardless of whether the solution contained pesticides or not, even when the pesticides were at concentrations high enough to “make the bees very ill.”
Four sweets in a row.

Researchers Turn the Dregs of Wine Into Jelly Sweets

Researchers in Turkey have demonstrated how a waste product of wineries can be reused as an ingredient in gelatine-based sweets.
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.