Charles Bergquist

Recent Stories


A new home for honeybees, just off the tarmac


Airports don't have a particularly eco-friendly reputation. But they typically have large swaths of land that can't be developed. And at several airports in the US and overseas, that land has become popular for raising honey bees — and producing honey.


Scientists discover a potent new antibiotic

Antibiotics, among the most extraordinary drugs of the last hundred years, mostly come from a very ordinary source: dirt. But that source has been slowly exhausted, since 99 percent of the microbes in dirt can't be cultured in a lab. Now, a group of scientists has developed a new technique for cultivating bacteria on their home turf, so to speak: right in the dirt, where they grow best. The results are a game-changer.


Our unique 'microbial aura' travels with us wherever we go

Almost weekly, it seems, scientists confirm the importance and influence of the microbiome, the collection of bacteria and other microbes that live inside and on the human body and in the surrounding environment. From digestive health to allergy prevention, our microbiome affects the way we eat, breathe — even think.

Global Politics

Harvard researchers went undercover to reveal Chinese censorship tactics on the Internet

We all know about the so-called ‘Great Firewall of China,” the half-joking term for the barrier set up to prevent Western media from being consumed in China. And most of us assume there is a great deal of additional censorship with China itself. But until Gary King of Harvard University found a way to peer directly at the inner workings of Chinese censorship, no one knew exactly how it was done or what the Chinese were most serious about censoring.