Lauren J. Young, Popular Science

Lauren J. Young

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New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Lauren:

4 reasons to put down the cotton swab and love your earwax

Hear us out. You might be obsessed with digging out the flaky to syrupy stuff, but your earwax helps keep your ear holes healthy. → Read More

Plastic microfibers in the Mediterranean Sea are keeping bacteria afloat

A study concentrated on the northwestern Mediterranean Sea found harmful bacteria on plastic microfibers, a common ocean pollutant. → Read More

Bees can sense a flower’s electric field—unless fertilizer messes with the buzz

A new study finds that synthetic fertilizer sprays alter the electric field of flowers, causing bumblebees to avoid them. → Read More

Termites work through wood faster when it’s hotter out

In warmer environments, these tiny insects are breaking down wood at a rate four times greater than microbial decomposers. → Read More

These fungi demand more pumpkin in their pumpkin spice lattes

In a social media experiment, a mycologist brewed special batches of the autumnal beverage to see how fungi species would grow. → Read More

Jumping spiders might be able to sleep—perchance to dream

While in a deep REM sleep-like state, jumping spiders stretch and twitch in a similar fashion to how we snooze and dream. → Read More

Human eggs have a ‘standby battery mode’ that allows them to last decades

Human oocytes can last for up to 50 years—and a newly discovered metabolic pathway is key to this longevity. → Read More

Macro portraits reveal the glamor and peril of endangered insects

In a new exhibit, photographer Levon Biss captures the exquisite majesty of bugs and the pressures that threaten them. → Read More

The mites that breed on our faces are getting clingier by the day

Tiny face mites are already clingy to skin pores, but extensive genome reduction could make them even more dependent on humans. → Read More

Satellite images of Las Vegas show just how extreme urban heat islands can get

During this week's heat dome, the pavement in Las Vegas got up to 122 degrees. NASA satellite images show the effect, → Read More

Biohacked cyborg plants may help prevent environmental disaster

What are cyborg plants and how do they sense pollution? This biohacked flora glows when sensing metal toxins and sucks them up. → Read More

These male spiders fling into the air to escape post-coital cannibalism

Arachnologists witness male spiders of the species Philoponella prominens escape sexual cannibalism by catapulting off females after mating. → Read More

Tardigrades go where the slime takes them

A new experiment looks to tackle the mystery of how tardigrades move so far and wide on microscopic limbs. → Read More

Neptune is already an ice giant, but it might be having a cold snap

A new survey of thermal images reveals that atmospheric temperatures on the ice giant might fluctuate more rapidly than previously thought. → Read More

Dogs know exactly what they’re doing when they give you the ‘puppy eyes’

The centuries-old bond between people and dogs has shaped canine evolution—from bark to adorable expressions. → Read More

COVID relief funds are drying up—and so are free tests and treatments

Congress has not renewed COVID relief funds, which means free tests, vaccines, and boosters are running out for uninsured Americans. → Read More

This cone snail’s deadly venom could hold the key to better pain meds

Marine cone snails are known for their deadly venom, but this toxic cocktail has compounds that can help develop non-opioid painkillers. → Read More

The march of the penguins has a new star: an autonomous robot

An autonomous vehicle called ECHO is monitoring Emperor penguin colonies to assess the impacts of climate change on Antarctic's ecosystems. → Read More

Happy Mars-iversary, Perseverance

The Perseverance rover has drilled into Mars rocks and dirt, created oxygen, flown a helicopter—and is still trucking along on its mission to find microbial life. → Read More

This new synthetic tooth enamel is even harder than the real thing

Engineers from the US and China made artificial tooth enamel that's even harder than the material in people's mouths—a feat that dental researchers have been chasing for many years. → Read More