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Stories by Christopher Intagliata

Inbred Songbirds Croon Out Of Tune

Inbred canaries sang songs with less pure tones, and at slightly different pitches, than their outbred cousins—and female canaries seemed to tell the difference.  

3 hours ago — Christopher Intagliata

For Lichens, 3's Not a Crowd

Biologists have identified a third species—a yeast—in some lichens, shaking up what's always been known as a two-party system. Christopher Intagliata reports.

July 21, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Chicken Scent Deters Malaria Mosquitoes

The smell of a chicken wards off one species of malaria-spreading mosquito—meaning the scent compounds, or the birds themselves, might help deter disease. Christopher Intagliata reports.

July 20, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Fuel-Efficient Engines Have a Sooty Flaw

A newer type of fuel injection offers better fuel economy, but paradoxically increases black carbon emissions—meaning a pollution trade-off. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

July 16, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Bees Rank Pollen by Taste

The discerning insects returned to flowers with sweetened pollen, but avoided revisiting flowers with bitter pollen. Christopher Intagliata reports.

July 13, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Chocolate Makers Cut Fat with Electricity

Reducing fat from chocolate can gum up manufacturing equipment, making low-fat chocolate hard to produce—but an electric field can help. Christopher Intagliata reports.

June 23, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Go to the (White) Light

An energy-efficient alternative to LEDs has greater focusing power, for microscopes and spotlights. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

June 10, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Bigger Glasses Rack Up More Wine Sales

Serving wine in larger glasses boosted sales 10 percent in an English bar, possibly because customers think they're imbibing less per glass. Christopher Intagliata reports.

June 8, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

From Wolf to Woof Twice

Dogs may have been domesticated from wolves twice, first in Europe, and again in Asia. Christopher Intagliata reports.

June 2, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata