Jude Coleman

All Stories by Jude Coleman

  1. Seven yellow water-resistant jackets hanging up on a rack next to a pair of yellow rain boots

    Common, cheap ingredients can break down some ‘forever chemicals’

    Forever chemicals, or PFAS, are harmful compounds that are very difficult to degrade. But some are no match for lye and dimethyl sulfoxide.

  2. A pink Caribbean tube sponge in the midst of a reef with tiny fish swimming around it

    Sea sponges launch slow-motion snot rockets to clean their pores

    Sea sponges rely on a sneezing mechanism to clear their pores, using mucus to flush out debris. This mucus provides food for other marine life.

  3. photo of three spongy moths resting tree bark

    The spongy moth’s new name replaces an ethnic slur

    The Entomological Society of America renamed Lymantria dispar the “spongy moth,” replacing its previous problematic common name, “gypsy moth.”

  4. an aerial view of a forest

    Earth may have 9,200 more tree species than previously thought

    Estimating how many tree species are on Earth is an important step for forest conservation and protecting biodiversity.

  5. photo of Kristine Bohmann using a vacuum to collect air samples near a sloth hanging from a tree

    Scientists vacuumed animal DNA out of thin air for the first time

    The ability to sniff out animals’ airborne genetic material has been on researchers’ wish list for over a decade.

  6. A Misonne’s spider geckos standing on sandy ground

    Here’s how spider geckos survive on Earth’s hottest landscape

    An analysis of the stomach contents of Misonne’s spider geckos shows there are more critters in the heart of Iran’s Lut Desert than meets the eye.