Author: Knvul Sheikh

Knvul Sheikh grew up surrounded by the beauty of the Himalayas and sustained by Pakistani cuisine. A fascination for the natural world and travel brought her to the University of California, San Diego for a B.S. in molecular biology. She spent a few years doing research there and then in Singapore before stumbling into freelancing for the Singapore Scientist. When not planning her next big trip, Knvul enjoys running and experimenting with green smoothies.

An alternative to parks that gentrify

An alternative to parks that gentrify

A “just green enough” approach in Brooklyn aims for a balance between sustainability and equity

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted September 26, 2016

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The technology behind the Paralympic Games

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum Greg Uyeno Kelsey Kennedy and Knvul Sheikh | Posted September 6, 2016

VIDEO: Forensic genetics for saving wildlife

VIDEO: Forensic genetics for saving wildlife

DNA barcoding helps hunt down criminals trafficking illegal wildlife products

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted June 29, 2016

You don’t need to eat local

You don’t need to eat local

The trendy food label doesn’t mean what you think it does

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted May 30, 2016

The wrong kinds of trees could make global warming worse

The wrong kinds of trees could make global warming worse

Planting homogenous new forests isn’t going to save the planet

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted April 19, 2016

How bacteria can control your brain

How bacteria can control your brain

The microbiome affects more than just your gut

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted April 6, 2016

Fleshing it out

Fleshing it out

Behind the scenes, Rebecca Meah builds models of dinosaurs and other animals for museum exhibitions

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted March 21, 2016

Return of the gas chamber

Return of the gas chamber

A shortage of lethal injection drugs drives some states to think the unthinkable

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted February 21, 2016

Stoned at the wheel

Stoned at the wheel

Yes, marijuana impairs your driving, and no one is sure what to do about it

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted February 15, 2016

VIDEO: Bioart in action

VIDEO: Bioart in action

How Project Orange combines biotechnology and design to push the boundaries of art

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted February 7, 2016

Saving California condors

Saving California condors

How citizen scientists and biologists are working together to help the endangered birds

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted January 17, 2016

Eavesdropping on the brain

Eavesdropping on the brain

Scientists use neural prosthetics to supplement brain functions

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted January 10, 2016

When antidepressants aren't enough for late life depression

When antidepressants aren’t enough for late life depression

A two-drug combo can work better than antidepressants alone in some people

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted January 4, 2016

PODCAST: Life Hack Almanac looks at chicken soup

PODCAST: Life Hack Almanac looks at chicken soup

Can a home remedy like chicken soup fight off the cold virus?

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted January 3, 2016

Don’t be fooled by flavored tobacco — it’s still tobacco

Don’t be fooled by flavored tobacco — it’s still tobacco

New survey says hookahs and e-cigarettes are “gateways” to nicotine addiction

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted December 10, 2015

Is keeping up with K2 and other forms of “fake weed” a pipe dream?

Is keeping up with K2 and other forms of “fake weed” a pipe dream?

Efforts to rein in synthetic cannabinoid drugs are falling behind

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted November 10, 2015

It might be time to set your teenager’s sleep schedule

It might be time to set your teenager’s sleep schedule

Irregular sleep could be a factor in adolescent obesity

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted November 5, 2015

Marijuana candy: trick or treat?

Marijuana candy: trick or treat?

The fear of tampered Halloween candy may be unfounded, but you could be getting more than you bargained for

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted November 4, 2015

For the love of lemurs

For the love of lemurs

Patricia Wright has a passion for these endangered primates, and spent the last three decades studying them

By Knvul Sheikh | Posted November 3, 2015