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Stories by Christopher Intagliata124 articles archived since 1845

Gut Microbes Lessen Mice Malarial Malaise

Mice with the right mix of microbes were spared the worst of a malaria infection, possibly via some sort of "booster effect" on the immune system. Christopher Intagliata reports

February 12, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Asphalt Roads Could De-Ice Themselves

Researchers engineered bitumen—the sticky black stuff in asphalt—to release its own salt, to battle the formation of ice. Christopher Intagliata reports

December 31, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Small Fish Takes Fast-Evolution Track

Stickleback fish in Alaska evolved from living in seawater to freshwater in just 50 years, with the help of freshwater traits in their genome. Christopher Intagliata reports

December 17, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Espresso Machines Brew a Microbiome of Their Own

Researchers sampled 10 espresso machines and found that most of them harbored coffee residues rich in bacteria—including some potentially pathogenic strains. Christopher Intagliata reports

December 1, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Why We Live in a Cloud of Microbes

Pets and people shed clouds of microbes as unique and personal as their fingerprints, but the clouds can change over time.

November 30, 2015 — Jack Penland and Christopher Intagliata

Your Brain Can Taste without Your Tongue

Stimulating the "taste cortex" was enough to trick mice into thinking they'd tasted sweet or bitter substances, when in fact their tongues tasted nothing at all. Christopher Intagliata reports

November 19, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

What Makes Sand Dunes Sing

Engineers at Caltech discovered that for sand dunes to produce sound they need a dry layer on top that amplifies internal frequencies during sand movement. Christopher Intagliata reports

November 11, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

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