Jennie Walters

Jennie Walters is a journalist for the Health Section.
Role: Journalist, Health
No. of articles: 11

"Sweet nectar for me", says the sick bumblebee

Bee useful
Several animals reach inside Mother Nature's medicine cabinet when they get sick. Chimps with parasitic worms have been observed swallowing whole...

Follow the leader: How cells 'talk' to each other to heal wounds

  Slicing a finger with a paring knife stings, but everyone knows the cut will slowly heal until a new layer of skin forms and hides any hint of the...

Here's Why Scientists Tallied Plastic Waste in the Ocean

Scientists estimate a worrisome trend of plastic pollution in the ocean
Lots of plastic ends up in the ocean. Discarded soda bottles and food wrappers blow into the water from the beach. Children abandon plastic sand toys....

How to Unboil an Egg ... Literally

Scientists find innovative ways to refold proteins
When scientists unboiled an egg in the lab, they were not trying to start a cooking trend. They were after better ways to refold proteins.


Fructose diets more harmful than sugary ones

Fructose worse than table sugar in mice, study suggests
  It's hard to escape sugar. It's not just about resisting junk food. Added sugars, like high fructose corn syrup, get snuck into a lot of our...

Poisonous Mushrooms to the rescue

Poisonous mushrooms could be used to create new medicines.
You don't have to be a mycologist, or fungi scientist, to know some mushrooms are deadly. But mycologists are finding that poisonous mushrooms hold...

Worms, Neurons, and What Scientists are Learning about Behavior Variability

Red light stimulates the worm neurons, giving scientists an idea of how they respond to environment
The human body has a mind-boggling amount of neurons. Nearly 100 billion neurons fire messages across almost 100 trillion synapses. It's an enormous...

The Hunt is On: Scientists Track Parasitic Diseases with Satellite Data

Mapping Parasites: Scientists -Gerard Kelly and Willie Batarii Embark on Hunt to Eradicate Diseases like Malaria, Using Satellite Data
Mosquitos droning lazily in the Solomon Islands spell danger for households without mosquito netting or insecticides to protect them from malaria.


From Scorpion Toxins to Drug Discovery

Scorpion toxins provide interesting insights in the lab
When a scorpion stings someone, its toxins attack specific regions in the human body, interrupting electric signals to the brain. Depending on the...

Submarine drones carry out ice algal census

Underwater Drones Make the Quest to Map Ice Algae Easier
The metallic underwater drone starkly contrasted Antarctica's blue sky and blue ice. Stretching 2.5 meters long, its sleek body epitomized modern...

Using maps to distribute HIV treatment?

Geo-Targeting Strategies Could Improve HIV Intervention in South Africa
The South African government could start distributing a promising HIV-preventive treatment, if clinical trials go well. But the challenge will be...