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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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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.
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.