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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...

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

Extreme Exercise Can Poison the Blood

Even four hours of intense activity may be enough to let bacteria escape from the gut into the blood, setting off a chain of inflammation. Christopher Intagliata reports

June 22, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

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
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