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Stories by Christopher Intagliata

Comet Dust Kicks Up Clouds over the Moon

Comet Dust Kicks Up Clouds over the Moon

The same particles that streak through Earth's atmosphere as "shooting stars" kick up lunar dust when they strike the surface of the atmosphere-less moon. Christopher Intagliata reports

June 17, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Chimps Want Us to Cook Their Food

You won’t see them on your favorite cooking show any time soon, but chimps prefer their food cooked and will bring items to be cooked before they eat them — Christopher Intagliata, Eliene Augenbraun, Benjamin Meyers

June 16, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun, Christopher Intagliata and Benjamin Meyers
Mars Surface Glass Could Hold Ancient Fossils

Mars Surface Glass Could Hold Ancient Fossils

Scientists have found ancient "impact glass" on the surface of Mars, which formed when asteroids struck, a billion or more years ago. If anything was alive at the time, biological materials could be trapped inside. Christopher Intagliata reports

June 12, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

The Science of Online Dating

Looking to get ahead in the online dating world? Science has evidence for some surprising tips. —Eliene Augenbraun, Christopher Intagliata

June 11, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun and Christopher Intagliata
"Brainprints" Could Be Future Security ID

"Brainprints" Could Be Future Security ID

We all emit slightly different brain waves in response to stimuli, and researchers say that an individual’s specific "brainprints" could be used to validate our identities. Christopher Intagliata reports

June 5, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
Chimps Would "Cook" Food If They Could

Chimps Would "Cook" Food If They Could

A new study suggests that chimps have the cognitive skills necessary for cooking—such as patience—even if they don't control fire. Christopher Intagliata reports

June 2, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
Blood Pressure Vaccine Lengthens Rat Lives

Blood Pressure Vaccine Lengthens Rat Lives

A DNA-based vaccine gave rats six months of protection against high blood pressure as well as healthier hearts. Christopher Intagliata reports

May 29, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
Pop Music Gets Its Fossil Record Analyzed

Pop Music Gets Its Fossil Record Analyzed

An investigation of more than 17,000 hit tunes suggests popular music undergoes periods of shifting diversity, and that new styles evolve in bursts. Christopher Intagliata reports

May 5, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
Latex Lining Could Quiet Plane Rides

Latex Lining Could Quiet Plane Rides

Engineers devised a latex-laced honeycomb material that could make an airplane cabin sound more like a quiet living room. Christopher Intagliata reports

May 1, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
Infants Already Glued to Multiple Screens

Infants Already Glued to Multiple Screens

A new survey suggests that most kids by age two are using tablets and smartphones, sometimes while watching TV. Christopher Intagliata reports

April 29, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
Taste Salty with Less Salt

Taste Salty with Less Salt

Making salamis and cheeses with more pores might make them taste just as salty but with less added sodium finding its way into the body. Christopher Intagliata reports

 

April 20, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
Granular Materials Could Thwart Missiles

Granular Materials Could Thwart Missiles

The harder a projectile hits a granular substance like sand, the more that material acts like a solid, effectively repelling the intruder. Christopher Intagliata reports

April 16, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
B.O. Gives Up Its Stinky Secrets

B.O. Gives Up Its Stinky Secrets

Staphylococcus hominis is a key perpetrator of body odor—and researchers say selectively interfering with it could make for more effective deodorants. Christopher Intagliata reports

April 3, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
Outdoor Exercise Worth Some Air Pollution Risk

Outdoor Exercise Worth Some Air Pollution Risk

A Danish study of more than 50,000 adults suggests that exercise lowers risk of death—even if you work out amidst urban air pollution. Christopher Intagliata reports

April 2, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
Malaria Parasite Attracts Mosquitoes with Perfume

Malaria Parasite Attracts Mosquitoes with Perfume

The Plasmodium parasite uses an altered type of plant chloroplast to manufacture pine-and-lemon-scented chemicals, which lure in the bloodsuckers. Christopher Intagliata reports

March 24, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
See Movement Better by Bicarb

See Movement Better by Bicarb

Bicarbonate, the chemical that transports CO2 through the blood, increases the "refresh rate" of rod cells in lab tests--which could mean better motion detection. Christopher Intagliata reports

March 23, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
Titan Could Host Life "Not As We Know It"

Titan Could Host Life "Not As We Know It"

Saturn's moon Titan is too cold for cell membranes to form as they do on Earth. But researchers have come up with a cell membrane that could exist on Titan. Christopher Intagliata reports

March 3, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
Beaver Teeth Have Iron Advantage

Beaver Teeth Have Iron Advantage

Beaver enamel is rich in iron—which is even more effective than fluoride at staving off cavities. Christopher Intagliata reports

February 23, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
Nectar Helps Bees’ Medicine Go Down

Nectar Helps Bees’ Medicine Go Down

In addition to fuel, nectar from various plant species contains chemical compounds that reduce the numbers of a common gut parasite in bumblebees. Christopher Intagliata reports

February 20, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
Stories by Christopher Intagliata

Beyond XX and XY

Biology. Identity. Equality.