Fears over falling human sperm count may be overblown

Rising fears over declining human sperm count among men in Western countries may be overblown, according to researchers at Harvard’s GenderSci Lab.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite • harvard
today ~5 min

Male fertility: how everyday chemicals are destroying sperm counts in humans and animals

Our chemical environment appears responsible for an alarming plummet in sperm counts – in humans and in animals.

Gary Hutchison, Professor of Toxicology and Dean of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University • conversation
April 14, 2021 ~9 min

Water being pumped into Tampa Bay could cause a massive algae bloom, putting fragile manatee and fish habitats at risk

Harmful algae blooms are an increasing problem in Florida. Once nutrients are in the water to fuel them, little can be done to stop the growth, and the results can be devastating for marine life.

Larry Brand, Professor of Marine Biology and Ecology, University of Miami • conversation
April 8, 2021 ~8 min

To help insects, make them welcome in your garden – here's how

Looking for a new gardening challenge? Turning your yard into an insect-friendly oasis could mean less work and more nature to enjoy.

Brian Lovett, Postdoctoral Researcher in Mycology, West Virginia University • conversation
March 22, 2021 ~8 min

Medieval ‘birthing girdle’ parchment was worn during labour, study suggests

Scientists have used proteomic techniques to find evidence of vaginal fluid, along with honey and milk, on a rare manuscript from the late 15th century.   

Cambridge University News • cambridge
March 10, 2021 ~5 min

Medieval parchment was worn as ‘birthing girdle’ during labour, study suggests

Scientists have used proteomic techniques to find evidence of vaginal fluid, along with honey and milk, in a rare manuscript from the late 15th century.   

Cambridge University News • cambridge
March 10, 2021 ~5 min

Male fertility: how age affects men's chances of having children

Older fathers have a lower chance of conceiving and increased chances of negative effects on children.

Michael Carroll, Reader / Associate Professor in Reproductive Science, Manchester Metropolitan University • conversation
March 3, 2021 ~7 min

Why do flowers smell?

Not all flowers smell good, to people at least, but their scents are a way to attract pollinators.

Richard L. Harkess, Professor of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture, Mississippi State University • conversation
March 1, 2021 ~5 min

Grey squirrels: is birth control the solution to Britain's invasive species problem?

Squirrel feeders laced with contraceptives could be used to suppress grey squirrels in the UK.

Jason Gilchrist, Ecologist, Edinburgh Napier University • conversation
Feb. 3, 2021 ~7 min

Author Robert Paarlberg argues against buying organic

An excerpt from “Resetting the Table: Straight Talk about the Food We Grow and Eat” by Robert Paarlberg, associate in the Sustainability Science Program at the Harvard Kennedy School and at Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Robert Paarlberg • harvard
Feb. 2, 2021 ~21 min

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