Neha Jain

Neha Jain

Neha is a freelance science writer based in Hong Kong who has a passion for sharing science with everyone. She writes about biology, conservation, and sustainable living. She has worked in a cancer research lab and facilitated science learning among elementary school children through fun, hands-on experiments. Visit her blog Life Science Exploration to read more of her intriguing posts on unusual creatures and our shared habitat. Follow Neha on Twitter @lifesciexplore.

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More Exercise Doesn’t Always Burn More Calories

Are you hoping to shed some weight this year? Research shows that more exercise doesn't always burn more calories. By ...
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The environmental impact of pet food

What is the environmental paw print of pet food? Larger than you may think! It takes an area twice the ...
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Covid-19. Image courtesy of Prachatai

Humidity and Respiratory Virus Transmission

Virus studies suggest that humidity levels may influence how easily respiratory viral infections spread. By Neha Jain As the novel ...
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Impact of Air Conditioning on Climate and Disease

By Neha Jain Climate change is making summers in many countries much hotter than they were several decades ago. Heat ...
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Washing clothes in short, cool cycles is better

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore  If you’ve been concerned about the impact of laundering on the environment, researchers have advice for ...
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Intense Lawn Mowing Lowers Biodiversity, Favors Pests

Intense Lawn Mowing Lowers Biodiversity, Favors Pests

Mowing lawns less frequently and allowing grass to grow may result in greater plant and pollinator biodiversity and fewer pests ...
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A disco clam shows off it's bright red tissue and flashing display. Lindsey Dougherty, University of Colorado at Boulder

Disco Clam, Colorful Mystery

By Neha Jain (@lifesciexplore) Dazzling bright-red tentacles first lured Lindsey Dougherty to the study of disco clams, which are found ...
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marine mammals

Marine Mammals Need a Voice in the Fishing Industry

Marine mammals such as dolphins, porpoises, and whales are often injured or killed by commercial fishing. New policies are needed ...
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Plastic Waste Necessitates Policies for Producers

By Neha Jain Countries around the world, both developed and developing, have been grappling with growing piles of plastic waste ...
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Curing Plant Blindness at Botanical Gardens and Farms

Plant blindness, the lack of awareness of plants and their importance, is addressed by botanical gardens and agricultural farms. By ...
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The US Needs a Federal Ban on Marine Plastic Pollution

Marine plastic pollution must be addressed by the United States through policies on single-use plastics and abandoned fishing nets. By ...
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Forest Restoration, Not Plantations, Will Curb Warming

Forest restoration efforts are a far more effective strategy for sequestering atmospheric carbon than monoculture plantations. By Neha Jain Forests ...
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Fire Management in California's Chaparal: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District conducted a controlled burn of central marine chaparral at Fort Ord, Calif., Oct. 15, to expose unexploded ordnance at the formerly utilized defense site. The burn, carefully coordinated with local agencies, lasted less than two hours and was timed so that prevailing winds would help blow the smoke away from population centers. The controlled burns are part of a comprehensive ordnance removal program at Fort Ord, which closed in 1994 under recommendation from the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. (U.S. Army photo/Released)

Fire Management in California’s Chaparral Harms Birds

A fire management practice known as mastication, or mechanically crushing vegetation to prevent forest fires, threatens bird communities. By Neha ...
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Honeybees Are Attracted to Fungicides and Herbicides

Honeybees Are Attracted to Fungicides and Herbicides

Scientists found that honeybees are attracted to fungicides and herbicides. Honeybees have a deadly attraction to the chemicals in Roundup ...
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California’s Urban Forests Have Lowest Tree Cover per Resident

California’s Urban Forests Have Lowest Tree Cover per Resident

Valued at $181 billion, California’s urban forests cover 90.8 square meters (109 square yards) per city resident, the lowest of ...
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Citizen Science Promotes Environmental Engagement

Citizen Science Promotes Environmental Engagement

An Australian study found that when people participate in citizen science projects, public knowledge of the scientific process and environmental ...
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Artificial Night-Lights Are Growing, Getting Brighter

Artificial Night-Lights Are Growing, Getting Brighter

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore As soon as it gets dark, street lights, which have become widespread in the developed world—and ...
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New Ways to Reduce Antibiotics in Food Animals by 2030.

New Ways to Reduce Antibiotics in Food Animals by 2030

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore In a new study, researchers in the United States and Europe propose three measures—capping antibiotic use ...
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Ocean Floor Warming Affects Antarctic Seabed Life

Ocean Floor Warming Affects Antarctic Seabed Life

Recent research shows that even a little ocean floor warming can change species composition, affecting entire ecosystems. By Neha Jain ...
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Coral Gardening Effectively Restores Staghorn Corals

Coral Gardening Effectively Restores Staghorn Corals

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Staghorn corals (Acropora cervicornis)—a threatened species that resembles deer antlers—are effectively restored by coral gardening, a ...
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Wood Ants Make Defensive Cocktails Against Microbes

Wood Ants Make Defensive Cocktails Against Microbes

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Wood ants are natural mixologists, concocting their own defensive cocktails, a new study finds. They protect ...
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Nuisance Flooding May Cost More Than Extreme Storms

Nuisance Flooding May Cost More Than Extreme Storms

Nuisance flooding and floods of all sizes are becoming more frequent, thanks to rising sea levels, and can turn out ...
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Reusable Lab on a Chip Costs One Cent

Reusable Lab on a Chip Costs One Cent

Scientists have developed a reusable lab on a chip (LOC) that can be printed using an inkjet printer at an ...
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Frequent Rainstorms Predicted with Climate Change

Frequent Rainstorms Predicted with Climate Change

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore If you live in California, you might recall the powerful winter rainstorm of 2014, dubbed the ...
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Plant Bacteria Thrive in Wet Weather

Plant Bacteria Thrive in Wet Weather

Plants need water to grow, but too much water creates a perfect environment for plant bacteria, viruses, and fungi to ...
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Seized Ivory Traced to Recently Slaughtered Elephants

Seized Ivory Traced to Recently Slaughtered Elephants

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Finished ivory ornaments and jewelry may look beautiful, but the ivory trade is a gory business ...
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Amazonian Frog Uses Mimicry to Ward Off Ants

Amazonian Frog Uses Mimicry to Ward Off Ants

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore More than a thousand species of frogs live in the warm and humid Amazonian forest. Some ...
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Mosquito Saliva Protein Fights Dengue Transmission

Mosquito Saliva Protein Fights Dengue Transmission

By Neha Jain Dengue, along with other viral diseases such as Chikungunya and Zika, is transmitted through the virus-infected saliva ...
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Water Weeds May Clean Up Oil Spills

Water Weeds Cleaning Up Oil Spills

Two water weeds have an amazing ability to absorb oil from contaminated water. Is this a new means of cleaning ...
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Robust Rice Varieties Cut Costs and Pollution

Robust Rice Varieties Cut Costs and Pollution

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Climate change coupled with our growing population is putting tremendous pressure on world food production, especially ...
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Tracking Climate Change Through Hibernating Toads

Tracking Climate Change Through Hibernating Toads

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Have you ever wondered how animals are coping with warming temperatures? Our warming planet affects the ...
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Solar-Powered Oxygen Saves Lives in Africa

Solar-Powered Oxygen Saves Lives in Africa

Scientists have devised a way to deliver oxygen to children with severe pneumonia: harnessing solar energy to power oxygen delivery ...
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Photo: Lund University / C. Schubert

Chickens Use Color Vision to Find Food, Pick Mates

Have you ever wondered how chickens see the world? Did you know that chickens use color vision? Get the answers ...
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Ancient Crops Reveal Asian Colonization of Madagascar

Ancient Crops Reveal Asian Colonization of Madagascar

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore For decades, the colonization of Madagascar has been one of the most puzzling mysteries of human history ...
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Curbing the Chainsaws: Recycled Smartphones Hunt Down Illegal Loggers

Recycled Smartphones Hunt Down Illegal Loggers

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore In the summer of 2011 Topher White, founder of Rainforest Connection, a nongovernmental organization (NGO), visited ...
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clear cutting forests and soil carbon

Soil Carbon Unstable After Clear-Cutting

Clear-cutting is chopping down all the trees in an area, as opposed to selective logging, which is removing only the ...
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Bees

Hungry Baby Bees More Resilient to Starvation as Adults

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore When was the last time you ate an apple? We rarely think about how fruits develop; ...
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Land carbon

Land Carbon Released During Last Deglaciation Period

Our planet has been going through glacial periods for ages. What does that mean for land carbon and carbon dioxide ...
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Fungi found in the guts of goats, horses and sheep help them digest stubborn plant material. A team of researchers report in the journal Science that these fungi could potentially lead to cheaper biofuel and bio-based products. Daniele Faieta/Flickr

Fecal Fungi May Lead to Cheaper Biofuel

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Fecal Fungi May Lead to Cheaper Biofuel Manure may be a good fertilizer, but there’s more ...
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A stranded humpback whale carcass in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Humpback whales were among the Alaska marine mammals that showed exposure to algal toxins, according to new research. Photo credit: Kathy Burek-Huntington, Alaska Veterinary and Pathology Services.

Algal Toxins Found in Alaskan Marine Mammals

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Harmful algal blooms produce toxins that can be deadly to marine mammals. In the US, such ...
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Strengthening the Endangered Species Act

Is it time to strengthen the endangered species act? Species are disappearing at a rapid pace, and the ESA is ...
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Hotspots of Bat-Human Virus Transmission

Covid-19 is not the first pandemic to strike humanity, and it won't be the last. Scientists are investigating bat-human virus ...
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Antibiotic resistance: Tinker Creek is a pristine black water stream on the Savannah River Site. The bacteria in this stream are susceptible to antibiotics. Photo credit: Linda Lee/University of Georgia

Environmental Contaminants Add to Antibiotic Resistance

Are you concerned about overuse of antibiotics leading to antibiotic-resistant bacteria? Industrial waste may be another trigger for antibiotic resistance. By ...
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Meltwater rivers gushing on top of the ice layers in Greenland

Greenland Ice Sheets Losing Ability to Absorb Meltwater

The Greenland ice sheets are losing their ability to retain meltwater, resulting in faster runoff of meltwater into the ocean ...
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