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Stories by Christopher Intagliata

Your Brain Can Taste without Your Tongue

Stimulating the "taste cortex" was enough to trick mice into thinking they'd tasted sweet or bitter substances, when in fact their tongues tasted nothing at all. Christopher Intagliata reports...

November 19, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

What Makes Sand Dunes Sing

Engineers at Caltech discovered that for sand dunes to produce sound they need a dry layer on top that amplifies internal frequencies during sand movement. Christopher Intagliata reports...

November 11, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Arctic Marine Mammals Swim Up to the Microphone

As Arctic sea ice melts, an underwater recording project reveals that the submerged ecology is undergoing change, with humpbacks and killer whales staying north later in the year. Christopher Intagliata reports...

November 5, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Decoy Mating Call Battles Citrus Pest

Researchers developed a call that effectively mimics the citrus psyllid's mating song, which could be a weapon against a devastating crop scourge. Christopher Intagliata reports

November 3, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Beet Juice Could Help Body Beat Altitude

Beet juice contains nitrates, which the body can convert to nitric oxide, a chemical that relaxes blood vessels and makes it easier to function in conditions of low oxygen. Christopher Intagliata reports...

October 21, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Babies Move Tongue to Learn New Tongues

Infants seemed to be able to differentiate between two different "D" sounds in Hindi—but only when their tongue movements weren't blocked by a teething device. Christopher Intagliata reports...

October 15, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Sitting Not the New Smoking for Fidgeters

Sitting for more than seven hours a day is linked to a 30 percent higher risk of death, but that association disappears among the in-place movers and shakers. Christopher Intagliata reports...

September 24, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Nonpolitical Tweets May Reveal Political Bias

Word selection among Twitter users who could be identified as likely members of one or the other political party showed specific usage patterns. Christopher Intagliata reports

September 17, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
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