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Stories by 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


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


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


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


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


February 4, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata

Treating Flu Symptoms May Create More Cases

Medicines that cut fever and pain help viruses replicate and send infectious people out into the world, at a possible cost of an additional thousand U.S. flu deaths a year


January 23, 2014 — Christopher Intagliata

Clothing Fabric Could Contain Gadget Batteries

Researchers have built a battery from a conductive, nickel-coated polyester fabric, so that your phone battery could be sewn into your shirt. Christopher Intagliata reports

December 5, 2013 — Christopher Intagliata

Mind Reviews Books, Movies and More

Reviews and recommendations from the June/July 2008 issue of Scientific American MIND

May 22, 2008 — David Dobbs, Melinda Wenner, Nicole Branan and Christopher Intagliata

Competing Clocks

In timing a short event, your eyes may deceive your ears

April 3, 2008 — Christopher Intagliata
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