Neha Jain Is a GotScience Contributor

Neha JainNeha 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.

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

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Climate change affects us in many ways, particularly those of us living near the coasts, who ...
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Reusable Lab on a Chip Costs One Cent

Reusable Lab on a Chip Costs One Cent

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Scientists have developed a reusable lab on a chip (LOC) that can be printed using 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

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Plants need water to grow. But too much water isn’t good for them either. Scientists have ...
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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 @lifesciexplore Dengue, along with other viral diseases such as Chikungunya and Zika, is transmitted through the virus-infected ...
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Water Weeds May Clean Up Oil Spills

Water Weeds May Clean Up Oil Spills

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Oil—we use it every day, whether to power our cars or to heat our homes. Our ...
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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

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore If you’ve ever stayed in a hospital, you might remember the oxygen delivery system mounted on ...
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Photo: Lund University / C. Schubert

Chickens Use Color Vision to Find Food, Pick Mates

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Have you ever wondered how animals see the world? Do they see the same colors we do? ...
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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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Soil Carbon Unstable after Clear Cutting

Soil Carbon Unstable After Clear-Cutting

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore We’ve all heard that clear-cutting forests has many adverse effects on the environment. But humans have ...
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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

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore During the ice ages, ice sheets covered large parts of the Earth, unlike today, when ice ...
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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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exercise, weight loss, health

More Exercise Doesn’t Always Burn More Calories

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Are you hoping to shed some weight this year? You may need to plan your exercise ...
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Strengthening the Endangered Species Act

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Have you ever heard of the Ōlulu plant? What about the vernal pool tadpole shrimp or ...
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bat

Hotspots of Bat-Human Virus Transmission

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Since the turn of the century, we’ve already been gripped by three major outbreaks of new diseases—SARS ...
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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

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Environmental Contaminants and Antibiotic Resistance Are you concerned about the overuse and misuse of antibiotics causing ...
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Meltwater rivers gushing on top of the ice layers in Greenland

Greenland Ice Sheets Losing Ability to Absorb Meltwater

By Neha Jain Greenland Ice Sheets Losing Ability to Absorb Meltwater Sea-rise levels caused by a warmer Earth may be ...
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