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Stories by Karen Hopkin

Nose Knows What the Mind Tells It

When people with asthma think they’re smelling something noxious, their airways become inflamed—even when the odor is harmless. Karen Hopkin reports

August 18, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

Education Level Linked to Nearsightedness

In a German study, half of those with a university degree were myopic compared with less than a quarter of folks who quit after high school or secondary school. Karen Hopkin reports 

 

July 21, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

Malarial Mice Smell Better to Mosquitoes

Mice infected with the parasites that cause their type of malaria produce odorous compounds that attract mosquitoes, increasing the odds that the parasites will be spread to the next victims
 

July 1, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

2-Face Moon Tells How It Got That Way

A new analysis says that the asymmetry between the two faces of the moon is due to crust thickness differences that resulted from variable cooling rates after the molten formation of our companion. Karen Hopkin reports

 

June 13, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

Polar Bear Rapid Evolution Lets Them Be Fat Fit

Since diverging from a common ancestor with brown bears less than half a million years ago, polar bears have accumulated genetic changes that allow them to eat a superhigh-fat diet without suffering cardiovascular consequences. Karen Hopkin reports

 

May 22, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

Expert Violinists Bad at Picking Strads

Ten violin soloists who played different instruments blindfolded then picked a Stradivarius over a modern instrument as being the superior violin at rates no better than chance. Karen Hopkin reports

April 28, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

Help ID Moon Craters from Your Couch

Citizen scientists have helped professional astronomers locate more than 500 million lunar craters by using an app called MoonMappers. Karen Hopkin reports 

 

April 22, 2014 — Karen Hopkin

Cereal Box Characters Look Down at Kids

Tony the Tiger and his kid-friendly cohort tend to gaze downward whereas the Quaker Oats guy stares straight ahead at thee. Karen Hopkin reports

 

April 15, 2014 — Karen Hopkin