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Stories by Christopher Intagliata

Oenophiles Confirm Fruity Flavors Finish First

Oenophiles Confirm Fruity Flavors Finish First

Wine researchers find that fruity flavors tend to finish quickest on the palate, whereas oaky flavors linger longer--as aficionados have long claimed. Christopher Intagliata reports

 

May 12, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Smartphones Vulnerable to App Attack

Smartphones Vulnerable to App Attack

Certain HTML5 apps that run across platforms can carry JavaScript attack codes that your smartphone will happily execute. Christopher Intagliata reports

 

April 16, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Hand Soap Ingredient Can Up Body Bacteria Burden

Hand Soap Ingredient Can Up Body Bacteria Burden

Residues of the antimicrobial agent triclosan can paradoxically boost bacterial growth in our bodies, by giving microbes a comfortable biofilm in which to rest. Christopher Intagliata reports

 

April 9, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Health Insurance Mystifies Many Americans

Health Insurance Mystifies Many Americans

A survey finds that sizeable percentages of Americans don't know how health insurance works and what various options mean. Christopher Intagliata reports

 

March 27, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Muscle Mass Beats BMI as Longevity Predictor

Muscle Mass Beats BMI as Longevity Predictor

A long-term study of more than 3,600 seniors found that more muscle mass was a better predictor of survival than was moderate body mass index. Christopher Intagliata reports

 

March 20, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Pain Pills May Be Future Antibiotics

Pain Pills May Be Future Antibiotics

By interfering with bacterial DNA repair and reproduction, some NSAID pain drugs could find future use as antibiotics. Christopher Intagliata reports 

 

March 14, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
1,000-Year-Old Teeth Reveal Diet and Disease

1,000-Year-Old Teeth Reveal Diet and Disease

The plaque on millennium-old teeth from a German cemetery contain the residue of pork, cabbage and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Christopher Intagliata reports

February 26, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Looking Good Trumps Health as Behavioral Motivator

Looking Good Trumps Health as Behavioral Motivator

Teenagers who watched videos about skin damage from sun exposure used sunscreen far more than those who saw info about sun-caused skin cancer. Christopher Intagliata reports

February 19, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Oregano Oil Kills Norovirus—but Not Enough

Oregano Oil Kills Norovirus—but Not Enough

Oregano oil cut numbers of the mouse version of norovirus 10-fold. Its active ingredient was better: a 10,000-fold reduction. But bleach achieves a million-fold reduction. Christopher Intagliata reports

 

February 12, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Shivering Activates Fat to Keep You Warm

Shivering Activates Fat to Keep You Warm

Shivering does more than contract muscles to produce warmth—it also activates brown fat to convert chemical energy directly to heat. Christopher Intagliata reports

 

February 6, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Crack Researchers Create Gutsier Glass

Crack Researchers Create Gutsier Glass

Glass with imperceptible built-in cracks is stronger than conventional glass, because the cracks dissipate flexing forces. More durable phone screens could result. Christopher Intagliata reports

 

February 4, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Treating Flu Symptoms May Create More Cases

Treating Flu Symptoms May Create More Cases

Medicines that cut fever and pain help viruses replicate and send infectious people out into the world, at a possible cost of an additional thousand U.S. flu deaths a year

 

January 23, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Clothing Fabric Could Contain Gadget Batteries

Clothing Fabric Could Contain Gadget Batteries

Researchers have built a battery from a conductive, nickel-coated polyester fabric, so that your phone battery could be sewn into your shirt. Christopher Intagliata reports

December 5, 2013 — Christopher Intagliata
<em>MIND</em> Reviews: June/July 2008

MIND Reviews: June/July 2008

Reviews and recommendations from the June/July 2008 issue of Scientific American MIND

June 1, 2008 — David Dobbs, Melinda Wenner, Nicole Branan and Christopher Intagliata
Competing Clocks

Competing Clocks

In timing a short event, your eyes may deceive your ears

April 3, 2008 — Christopher Intagliata
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