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Stories by 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

Listen to the Sounds of Knees Cracking

Eavesdropping on the creaks and groans of an athlete’s knee could help doctors track healing after injury or surgery.

August 19, 2016 — Benjamin Meyers and Christopher Intagliata

Inbred Songbirds Croon out of Tune

Inbred canaries sang songs with less pure tones, and at slightly different pitches, than their outbred cousins—and female canaries seemed to be able to tell the difference.  ...

July 28, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

For Lichens, 3's Not a Crowd

Biologists have identified a third species—a yeast—in some lichens, shaking up what's always been known as a two-party system. Christopher Intagliata reports.

July 21, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata

Chicken Scent Deters Malaria Mosquitoes

The smell of a chicken wards off one species of malaria-spreading mosquito—meaning the scent compounds, or the birds themselves, might help deter disease. Christopher Intagliata reports...

July 20, 2016 — Christopher Intagliata
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