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Stories by Christopher Intagliata

How Baby Birds Learn to Duet

Recordings of songbird duets reveal baby birds learn conversational turn-taking like we do: gradually, and from adults. Christopher Intagliata reports.

February 23, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Undersea Recordings Reveal a Whale's Tale

By eavesdropping on the calls of blue whales, researchers hope to get a more accurate picture of the massive mammals' distribution and abundance. Christopher Intagliata reports.

February 19, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Seabird Feathers Reveal Less-Resilient Ocean

By analyzing 130 years of seabird feathers, researchers determined that food webs are losing complexity in the Pacific—meaning less-resilient ecosystems. Christopher Intagliata reports...

February 15, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Woodpeckers Drum to Their Own Tunes

The length and spacing of woodpecker drum rolls varies enough to tell woodpeckers apart—which could be useful to conservation biologists. Christopher Intagliata reports...

February 7, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Moon's Tug Doesn't Cause Big Quakes

An analysis of more than 200 earthquakes over the past four centuries concludes there's no connection between moon phases and big earthquakes. Christopher Intagliata reports...

January 19, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

You Live in a Strange Solar System

Astronomers found that other star systems tend to host similarly sized exoplanets—far different from ours. Christopher Intagliata reports.

January 10, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Finding Further Places for Solar Panels

Siting solar panels over rooftops, parking lots, reservoirs and contaminated land could generate heaps of energy—with minimal effects on agriculture or the environment. Christopher Intagliata reports...

December 22, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

This Fish Emits Damaging Decibels

The Gulf corvina produces a chattering chorus that’s one of the loudest underwater animal sounds on the planet. Christopher Intagliata reports.

December 20, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Something Clicks for Dolphin Identification

Machine-learning algorithms teased seven distinct dolphin clicking patterns from a library of more than 50 million clicks, identifying one species by sound alone. Christopher Intagliata reports...

December 13, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

How Hospitals Can Dampen the Decibels

Hospitals consistently score low on quietness surveys. An acoustician suggests a few ways hospitals could keep the peace and quiet. Christopher Intagliata reports.

December 7, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Computers Learn to Use Sound to Find Ships

Researchers trained machine-learning algorithms to pinpoint the location of a cargo ship simply by eavesdropping on the sound of its passing. Christopher Intagliata reports.

December 5, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Republican Voters Not in Denial about Climate

An analysis of voter opinions finds that half of Republican voters think climate change is happening, and would support regulating CO2 as a pollutant. Christopher Intagliata reports.

December 1, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata
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