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Stories by Christopher Intagliata

Computers Confirm Beethoven’s Influence

By breaking 900 classical piano compositions into musical chunks, researchers could track Ludwig van Beethoven’s influence on the composers who followed him. Christopher Intagliata reports. ...

March 3, 2020 — Christopher Intagliata

Having an Albatross around Your Boat

By outfitting 169 albatrosses with GPS data loggers, scientists were able to track fishing boats apparently trying to hide their location. Christopher Intagliata reports.

February 5, 2020 — Christopher Intagliata

Did Animal Calls Start in the Dark?

One hypothesis says the ability to vocalize arose in nocturnal animals—and a new evolutionary analysis suggests there may be some truth to it. Christopher Intagliata reports. ...

February 1, 2020 — Christopher Intagliata

Docs Given Updated Opioid Prescribing Habit

Researchers dialed down the default number of opioids in two hospitals’ prescription systems—and doctors ended up prescribing fewer pills. Christopher Intagliata reports.

January 26, 2020 — Christopher Intagliata

Barred Owls Invade the Sierra Nevada

By listening to the sounds of the forest, biologists were able to identify an invasion of barred owls in spotted owl habitat. Christopher Intagliata reports.

January 24, 2020 — Christopher Intagliata

Antarctic Is Ripe for Invasive Species

Mussels and crabs are two of the creatures most likely to invade Antarctica in the next 10 years, a panel of scientists say. Christopher Intagliata reports.

January 15, 2020 — Christopher Intagliata

Meteorite Contains Material Older Than Earth

The Murchison meteorite, which screamed to Earth 50 years ago, carried with it stardust that's seven billion years old. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

January 13, 2020 — Christopher Intagliata

Brittle Stars Can “See” without Eyes

The starfish relatives can recognize patterns using photoreceptors on their arms—and their color-changing abilities could have something to do with it. Christopher Intagliata reports...

January 9, 2020 — Christopher Intagliata

Atlantic Puffins Spotted Using Tools

Scientists observed two Atlantic puffins using sticks to scratch themselves—the first known instance of seabirds using tools. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

January 7, 2020 — Christopher Intagliata

Ancient Seawall Found Submerged

In shallow waters off the coast of Israel, archaeologists have found entire villages—including one with a sunken seawall. Christopher Intagliata reports.  

December 18, 2019 — Christopher Intagliata

Certain Zip Codes Pick Losers

People in certain zip codes are more likely to purchase products that flop, buy homes that are poor investments and pick political candidates who lose. Christopher Intagliata reports...

December 12, 2019 — Christopher Intagliata

Romans Would Roam for Wood

Archaeologists unearthed wood from a Roman villa when digging Rome’s subway—and scientists determined the planks came all the way from France. Christopher Intagliata reports. ...

December 10, 2019 — Christopher Intagliata

Bots Outperform Humans if They Impersonate Us

Bots masquerading as humans in a game outperformed their human opponents—but the their superiority vanished when their machine identity was revealed. Christopher Intagliata reports. ...

November 21, 2019 — Christopher Intagliata
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