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Stories by 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

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

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
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine