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Stories by Christopher Intagliata

E.T. May Reveal Itself with Vibration

E.T. May Reveal Itself with Vibration

Looking for movement could complement chemical searches for extraterrestrial life. Christopher Intagliata reports

January 5, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
Lyme Helps Spread Other Tick Infections

Lyme Helps Spread Other Tick Infections

Mice infected with Lyme and the Babesia parasite are more likely to pass on babesiosis than mice infected with babesiosis alone. Christopher Intagliata reports

December 31, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Laser Zap Determines Fruit Ripeness

Laser Zap Determines Fruit Ripeness

The way fruit reflects and absorbs laser light may be a good measure of its progression toward peak ripeness. Christopher Intagliata reports

December 15, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Quarter-Million Tons of Plastic Plague Oceans

Quarter-Million Tons of Plastic Plague Oceans

Based on trawling samples and visual observations of plastic debris, computer models calculate that some 5.25 trillion particles of plastic—about 269,000 tons—may litter the world's oceans. Christopher Intagliata reports

December 10, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Sun's Magnetic Field Boosts Earth Lightning

Sun's Magnetic Field Boosts Earth Lightning

When the Sun's magnetic field is pointed away from Earth, lightning strikes in the U.K. go up 50 percent. Christopher Intagliata reports

November 24, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Worse Than the Bite

Worse Than the Bite

A new study suggests bed bugs can transmit Chagas disease to mice—but the same thing is unlikely to happen in humans. Christopher Intagliata reports

November 20, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Select Few Can Truly Drink to Their Health

Select Few Can Truly Drink to Their Health

Alcohol's supposed benefit to the heart may only be available to people with the right genes. Christopher Intagliata reports

November 14, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Bats Jam Rivals’ Sonar to Steal a Meal

Bats Jam Rivals’ Sonar to Steal a Meal

Mexican free-tailed bats make calls that interfere with fellow bats’ echolocation, causing them to miss their insect targets. Christopher Intagliata reports

November 6, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Online Personalization Means Prices Are Tailored to You, Too

Online Personalization Means Prices Are Tailored to You, Too

Christo Wilson, a computer scientist at Northeastern University, says prices online are "super subjective" and vary according to your past clicks and purchases or whether you are shopping on a mobile phone. Christopher Intagliata reports.

October 28, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Fecal Transplanters Fish Out Key Ingredient

Fecal Transplanters Fish Out Key Ingredient

The bacterium Clostridium scindens, a member of the gut’s microbiome, appears to ward off the hospital-acquired infection C. difficile. Christopher Intagliata reports

October 22, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Dino Devastator Also Ravaged Veggies

Dino Devastator Also Ravaged Veggies

After the Chicxulub meteorite, more than half the plant species in temperate North America perished along with the dinosaurs, and the composition of post-impact vegetation changed markedly. Christopher Intagliata reports

 

September 19, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Synthetic Fabrics Host More Stench-Producing Bacteria

Synthetic Fabrics Host More Stench-Producing Bacteria

Micrococcus bacteria thrive on the open-air lattice of synthetic fibers—where they sit chomping on the fatty acids in our sweat, turning them into shorter, stinkier molecules. Christopher Intagliata reports

September 5, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Google Searches Linked to Stock Market Moves

Google Searches Linked to Stock Market Moves

When Web searches related to business and politics go up, the market tends to take a dive—although that connection may already be fading. Christopher Intagliata reports

August 12, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Andromeda Snickers at Milky Way Mass

Andromeda Snickers at Milky Way Mass

A new estimate finds that the Milky Way, once thought to be twice as massive as Andromeda, may actually only have half our neighbor galaxy's mass. Christopher Intagliata reports 

 

August 6, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Ocean Plastic Particles Could Get in Gills

Ocean Plastic Particles Could Get in Gills

Sea creatures eat plastic dumped in the ocean, but they also might be accumulating plastic by sucking up tiny particles with their siphons and gills. Christopher Intagliata reports 

 

July 28, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Mobile Phones Carry Owners' Microbiomes

Mobile Phones Carry Owners' Microbiomes

The bacteria found on someone's mobile phone is a good match for the most common kinds of bacteria that live on their hands. Christopher Intagliata reports

 

July 2, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
Stories by Christopher Intagliata

Confronting Common Wisdom