Science writer + journalist

Brooke Borel is a writer and journalist specializing in science.

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The Rise Of The Incredible Edible Insect

Start-ups are marketing an unlikely new protein. It’s nutrient-rich, all natural, and six-legged.

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The Doctor Who Thought Bed Bugs Spread Smallpox

Old, completely unethical studies tried—and failed—to pin the virus on the bloodsucker

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The Bed Bug: A Musical Muse | Popular Science

Songs about bed bugs provide one more set of data to trace how the bed bug reigned, then faded, then bounced back.

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The Environmental Benefits Of Eating Crickets Vs. Chicken: It's ...

Controversial new research examines how well crickets convert feed to protein.

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150 Years After the Civil War: Reflections on Medical Care | Popular ...

Infectious disease and questionable medical care during the Civil War.

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Do Plants Get Stressed?

Humans aren't the only ones who get stressed out.

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Do Insects Get Stressed?

Yes, yes they do.

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Do Microbes Get Stressed?

Yes, microbes stress, too.

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Will Gardeners Buy A Color-Changing GMO Petunia?

Two plant molecular biologists in Colorado hope to introduce a GMO for the garden: a petunia that changes color.

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Stress: How It Works And How To Beat It

It doesn't have to be this way

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Tuberculosis: Exclusive Clips From “The Forgotten Plague”

A new documentary explores the history of TB in America.

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Bed Bugs: Chemical Cover Caveats

Mixed reviews on a mattress and box spring liner impregnated with insecticide.

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Bed Bugs May Be Splitting Into New Species

New research confirms the bed bug's origin from bats and suggests a chance at observing evolution in real time.

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iChip: The Future of Antibiotic Discovery | Popular Science

A new device may help uncover new sources of antibiotics and other drugs.

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Can Bed Bug Traps Clear An Infestation?

A new device uses pheromones to lure bed bugs into a trap, but it's not likely the end of the pest.