March 2024

  • Illustration of a family eating outside using a fan to protect against mosquitoes.

    Battling Bites

    Blocking Mosquito-Borne Diseases

    Mosquito bites aren’t just itchy and irritating. They can also spread disease. Researchers are testing ways to stop mosquitoes from biting people and keep those who are bitten from getting sick.
  • Illustration of a man refusing a plastic bag at the grocery store to use his own reusable bag.

    The Persistence of Plastics

    Can Tiny Plastic Pieces Affect Our Health?

    Plastics have become part of our daily lives. We make and use so much plastic that plastic pollution is now a big concern. Scientists are studying how tiny pieces of plastic—called microplastics or nanoplastics—might affect human health.

Contributors to this issue: 

  • Vicki Contie
  • Sharon Reynolds