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Stories by Christopher Intagliata

This Caterpillar Whistles While It Irks

The North American walnut sphinx caterpillar produces a whistle that sounds just like a songbird's alarm call--and the whistle seems to startle birds. Christopher Intagliata reports.

July 28, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Teaching Computers to Enjoy the View

Researchers in the U.K. trained computers to rate photos of parks and cities for what humans consider to be their scenic beauty. Christopher Intagliata reports.

July 19, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Flying through a Corpse's Clues

Forensic entomologists can chemically analyze fly eggs from a corpse, which might speed up detective work. Christopher Intagliata reports.

July 17, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

This Cell Phone Needs No Battery

An experimental cell phone works by absorbing and reflecting radio waves—meaning it's incredibly energy efficient and needs no battery. Christopher Intagliata reports.

July 12, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Bacteria Might Share the Blame for Eczema

In patients with severe eczema, Staphylococcus aureus strains dominated the skin microbe population—suggesting that certain types of bacteria could worsen eczema flares. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

July 7, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Beer Marinade Cuts Grilling Carcinogens

Carcinogens that form when grilling meat were lowered up to 50 percent in pork chops marinated in beer versus those left unmarinated. Christopher Intagliata reports

 

July 1, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Heat Will Hit America's Poorest Worst

Economists calculate that each degree Celsius of warming will dock the U.S. economy by 1.2 percent--and increase the divide between rich and poor. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

June 30, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Rainbow Photons Pack More Computing Power

Quantum bits, aka qubits, can simultaneously encode 0 and 1. But multicolored photons could enable even more states to exist at the same time, ramping up computing power. Christopher Intagliata reports.

June 28, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Keep Rolling Luggage Upright with Physics

A team of physicists has revealed why rolling suitcases start rocking from wheel to wheel—and how to avoid that frustrating phenomenon. Christopher Intagliata reports.

June 21, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Engineers Build Bendy Batteries for Wearables

Researchers built silver–zinc batteries that can bend and stretch—meaning they could be more elegantly integrated into future wearable devices. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

June 19, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Some Hotel Bed Bug Sightings May Be Bogus

Only a third of travelers could correctly identify a bed bug—suggesting that some bug sightings in online reviews could be cases of mistaken identity. Christopher Intagliata reports.

June 14, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Trees Beat Lawns for Water-Hungry L.A.

Evaporation from overwatered lawns cost the city of Los Angeles 70 billion gallons of wasted water a year. But the city's trees were much thriftier. Christopher Intagliata reports.

May 27, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

New Concrete Recipes Could Cut Cracks

Recipes for concrete that incorporate by-products from the coal and steel industries, like fly ash and slag, could reduce road salt–related cracking. Christopher Intagliata reports.

May 19, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata
Stories by Christopher Intagliata