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Stories by Christopher Intagliata

Asphalt Roads Could De-Ice Themselves

Researchers engineered bitumen—the sticky black stuff in asphalt—to release its own salt, to battle the formation of ice. Christopher Intagliata reports

December 31, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Small Fish Takes Fast-Evolution Track

Stickleback fish in Alaska evolved from living in seawater to freshwater in just 50 years, with the help of freshwater traits in their genome. Christopher Intagliata reports

December 17, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Espresso Machines Brew a Microbiome of Their Own

Researchers sampled 10 espresso machines and found that most of them harbored coffee residues rich in bacteria—including some potentially pathogenic strains. Christopher Intagliata reports...

December 1, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Why We Live in a Cloud of Microbes

Pets and people shed clouds of microbes as unique and personal as their fingerprints, but the clouds can change over time.

November 30, 2015 — Jack Penland and 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
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