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Stories by Christopher Intagliata

Road Noise Takes a Toll on Migrating Birds

Researchers built a "phantom road" through wilderness using tree-mounted speakers to play traffic sounds, and witnessed a decline in bird fitness and diversity. Christopher Intagliata reports

September 1, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Sick Ants Seek Out Medicinal Food

Healthy ants wanted nothing to do with free-radical-rich foodstuff, but ants exposed to a pathogenic fungus sought it out, which upped their odds of survival. Christopher Intagliata reports

August 27, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Vomit Machine Models Cruise-Ship Virus Spread

Using a simulated vomiting device, scientists determined that projectile vomiting can aerosolize noroviruslike particles, allowing the infection to spread short distances through the air. Christopher Intagliata reports

August 22, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Spicy Food Linked to Lower Risk of Death

In a study of nearly half a million volunteers in China, those who ate chilies just a couple times a week had a 10 percent lower risk of death. Christopher Intagliata reports

August 5, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Male Black Widows Strive for Mate's Monogamy

During courtship, male black widow spiders snip and bundle up the female's web in their own silk, which discourages other suitors from stopping by. Christopher Intagliata reports

July 16, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Noses Agree When Genes See Eye to Eye

We all perceive smells differently—and two people’s preferences may give clues to their degree of genetic similarity. Christopher Intagliata reports

June 29, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

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