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Stories by 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. 

13 hours ago — 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

Poor Sleepers Worse at Recognizing Unfamiliar Faces

Subjects suffering insomnia got more wrong answers in a face-matching task—but they were paradoxically more confident of their responses. Christopher Intagliata reports.

October 19, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Yawns Help the Brain Keep Its Cool

Theory has it yawning helps cool the brain—and it turns out animals with bigger brains do indeed tend to yawn longer. Christopher Intagliata reports.

October 18, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Gender Influences Recommendations for Science Jobs

Female applicants to postdoctoral positions in geosciences were nearly half as likely to receive excellent letters of recommendation, compared with their male counterparts. Christopher Intagliata reports

October 6, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Arctic Pollinator Faces Uncertain Future

A housefly relative appears to be key to the reproductive success of a hardy tundra shrub. But the insect is threatened by the warming climate. Christopher Intagliata reports.

October 1, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata