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Stories by Christopher Intagliata

Pesticide Additive Could Be One Culprit in Bee Deaths

A common pesticide additive, known as an "inert" ingredient, could be one of the causes of the die-offs beekeepers have observed in their hives. Christopher Intagliata reports.

January 21, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Knot Not Easy to Knot

Chemists have synthesized the most complex molecular knot ever, using a strand just 192 atoms long. The advance could lead to new tougher materials. Christopher Intagliata reports.

January 18, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Bat Chatter Is More Than a Cry in the Dark

Using algorithms developed for human speech recognition, researchers decoded which bats in an experimental colony were arguing with each other, and what they were arguing about. Christopher Intagliata reports.

January 14, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Hair Cells Could Heal Skin Sans Scars

Hair follicles appear to be key in reprogramming other cells in the wound, restoring the original skin architecture, instead of simply scarring. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

January 6, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Concrete Defects Could Become Strengths

By optimizing the imperfections in concrete, manufacturers could make the material tougher and stronger—allowing builders to use less of it. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

January 5, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

When Dining for Trillions, Eat Wisely

What you ate in the past can shape the diversity of your gut flora, and affect how well your gut microbes respond to new foods. Christopher Intagliata reports.

December 29, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Isolated Low Temps May Reassure Climate Skeptics

Areas of the country that have experienced record low temperatures since 2005 happen to be home to many global warming deniers. And researchers theorize there may be a connection. Christopher Intagliata reports.

December 26, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

"Necrobiome" Reveals a Corpse's Time of Death

The microbial ecosystems inhabiting corpses could help forensic scientists determine a person’s time of death, even after almost two months. Christopher Intagliata reports.

December 22, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Pregnancy Primes the Brain for Motherhood

Areas of the brain related to social cognition shrink in first-time mothers—a structural change that could boost maternal attachment. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

December 19, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Migrating Birds Prefer Lakefront Property

Night-flying migratory birds over water turn back to lakeshores at daybreak—meaning crowded shores along the water. Christopher Intagliata reports.

December 14, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

New Insecticide Makes Mosquitoes Pop

The substance prevents mosquitoes taking a blood meal from producing waste—causing them to swell up, and sometimes even explode. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

December 8, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Dogs Teach Bomb-Sniffing Machines New Tricks

A dog’s sniff pulls a plume of fresh scents toward them, which fluid dynamicists say is a technique that could make for better bomb detectors. Christopher Intagliata reports.

December 2, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

"Power Poses" Don't Stand Up

A 2010 study claimed that striking certain poses could alter hormone levels and risk-taking behavior. But subsequent studies can’t replicate that finding. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

December 1, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

High-Fiber Diet Keeps Intestinal Walls Intact

A low-fiber diet causes fiber-eating microbes to dwindle, opening up real estate for mucus munchers that make the intestine more vulnerable to infection. Christopher Intagliata reports.

November 23, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

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