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Stories by Christopher Intagliata

Dino Devastator Also Ravaged Veggies

After the Chicxulub meteorite, more than half the plant species in temperate North America perished along with the dinosaurs, and the composition of post-impact vegetation changed markedly...

September 19, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata

Andromeda Snickers at Milky Way Mass

A new estimate finds that the Milky Way, once thought to be twice as massive as Andromeda, may actually only have half our neighbor galaxy's mass. Christopher Intagliata reports 

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August 6, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata

Ocean Plastic Particles Could Get in Gills

Sea creatures eat plastic dumped in the ocean, but they also might be accumulating plastic by sucking up tiny particles with their siphons and gills. Christopher Intagliata reports 

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July 28, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata

Wild Beluga Whales Pass Hearing Test

Wild beluga whales were found to have hearing comparable with whales in captivity, which sets up a baseline test for hearing damage in other whales in noisy waters. Christopher Intagliata reports

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May 20, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata

Smartphones Vulnerable to App Attack

Certain HTML5 apps that run across platforms can carry JavaScript attack codes that your smartphone will happily execute. Christopher Intagliata reports

 

April 16, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata

Hand Soap Ingredient Can Up Body Bacteria Burden

Residues of the antimicrobial agent triclosan can paradoxically boost bacterial growth in our bodies, by giving microbes a comfortable biofilm in which to rest. Christopher Intagliata reports

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April 9, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata

Muscle Mass Beats BMI as Longevity Predictor

A long-term study of more than 3,600 seniors found that more muscle mass was a better predictor of survival than was moderate body mass index. Christopher Intagliata reports

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March 20, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata

Pain Pills May Be Future Antibiotics

By interfering with bacterial DNA repair and reproduction, some NSAID pain drugs could find future use as antibiotics. Christopher Intagliata reports 

 

March 14, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata

Oregano Oil Kills Norovirus—but Not Enough

Oregano oil cut numbers of the mouse version of norovirus 10-fold. Its active ingredient was better: a 10,000-fold reduction. But bleach achieves a million-fold reduction. Christopher Intagliata reports

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February 12, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata

Shivering Activates Fat to Keep You Warm

Shivering does more than contract muscles to produce warmth—it also activates brown fat to convert chemical energy directly to heat. Christopher Intagliata reports

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February 6, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata

Crack Researchers Create Gutsier Glass

Glass with imperceptible built-in cracks is stronger than conventional glass, because the cracks dissipate flexing forces. More durable phone screens could result. Christopher Intagliata reports

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February 4, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata
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