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Stories by 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

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...

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

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...

June 5, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

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

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

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

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

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April 20, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

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

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

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
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine