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Stories by Christopher Intagliata

Trees Beat Lawns for Water-Hungry L.A.

Evaporation from overwatered lawns cost the city of Los Angeles 70 billion gallons of wasted water a year. But the city's trees were much thriftier. Christopher Intagliata reports.

May 27, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

New Concrete Recipes Could Cut Cracks

Recipes for concrete that incorporate by-products from the coal and steel industries, like fly ash and slag, could reduce road salt–related cracking. Christopher Intagliata reports...

May 19, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

The Sneaky Danger of Space Dust

When tiny particles of space debris slam into satellites, the collision could cause the emission of hardware-frying radiation. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

May 11, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Insects Donate DNA to Unrelated Bugs

Bacteria swap DNA among themselves. And that process may be more common in multicellular organisms than previously believed. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

May 10, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Gut Microbes Help Keep Starved Flies Fecund

Microbes living in the guts of fruit flies appear to influence the flies' food choice—and promote egg production, even under a nutrient-poor diet. Christopher Intagliata reports.

April 26, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Species Split When Mountains Rise

Plant species in China's Hengduan Mountains exploded in diversity eight million years ago—right when the mountains were built. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

April 13, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Cave Dwellers Battled Bed Bug Bites, Too

Researchers have found the earliest evidence of bugs in the Cimex genus co-habitating with humans, in Oregon's Paisley Caves. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

April 6, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

UV Rays Strip Small Galaxies of Star Stuff

Researchers measured the intensity of the universe's ultraviolet background radiation, and say it may be strong enough to strip small galaxies of star-forming gas. Christopher Intagliata reports...

March 22, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Low Biodiversity Brings Earlier Bloom

For every two species lost in a grassland, the remaining flowers there bloomed a day earlier—on par with changes due to rising global temperatures. Christopher Intagliata reports.

March 15, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

(Probably Not a) Giant Alien Antenna

Astrophysicists propose that mysterious "fast radio bursts" could, in very speculative theory, be produced by an antenna twice the size of Earth. Christopher Intagliata reports...

March 12, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Teeth Hint at a Friendlier Neandertal

By sequencing DNA in Neandertal dental plaque, scientists were able to find out about their diets—and their good relations with modern humans. Christopher Intagliata reports.

March 8, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Biggest Rivers Are Overhead

Atmospheric rivers can carry the same amount of water vapor as 15 to 20 Mississippi Rivers—and deliver punishing winds, too. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

March 3, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine