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Stories by Christopher Intagliata

How Fit Is Bitcoin?

A new analysis treats bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies as species in an evolutionary model—and finds bitcoin has no selective advantage. Christopher Intagliata reports.

November 21, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Ancient 1 Percenters Were Beast-Based

New World societies long ago likely had less income inequality than those in the Old World, and the difference might have been an oxen gap. Christopher Intagliata reports.

November 17, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Mammoth Remains Seem Mostly Male

In a sample of 98 woolly mammoth remains, researchers found that 70 percent were male—which suggests males were more likely to die accidentally. Christopher Intagliata reports.

November 3, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Physics Phenomenon Reveals a Pyramid's Mystery

Scientists used muons, a by-product of cosmic rays, to image the interior of the Great Pyramid—and found a previously unknown space inside. Christopher Intagliata reports.

November 2, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Smog Casts a Shadow on China's Solar Farms

The wintertime smog in China's northeastern provinces is so severe it blocks more than 20 percent of sunlight from reaching the region's solar panels. Christopher Intagliata reports...

October 25, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

When We Fly to Mars, Microbes Will, Too

The microbes that live in and on our bodies will colonize a human-manned spacecraft to Mars—but will the spacecraft's microbiome be safe? Christopher Intagliata reports.

October 5, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Tsunami Sent Species on a Transoceanic Trip

The 2011 east Japan tsunami swept huge amounts of wreckage out to sea—and Japanese species hitchhiked across the Pacific on the debris. Christopher Intagliata reports.

September 28, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

This Frog Can't Hear Its Own Calls

The frogs' calls are too high-pitched for the frog to detect, which may be an artifact of evolution. Christopher Intagliata reports.

September 24, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Building a Better Mirror for Telescopes

More reflective telescope mirrors allow astronomers to capture more photons —and do more science. Christopher Intagliata reports...

September 22, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Warming Puts Squeeze on Ancient Trees

As temperatures rise, the tree line moves upslope. But ancient bristlecone pines are losing that upslope race to faster-colonizing neighbors. Christopher Intagliata reports.

September 17, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Windows Vex Bats' Echolocating Abilities

Smooth vertical surfaces like windows reflect sound waves away from bats—meaning bats can't "see" windows and similar obstacles with echolocation. Christopher Intagliata reports...

September 7, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Rabbit Relatives Reel from Climate Change

Pikas, a hampster-size rabbit relative, have disappeared from a 64-square-mile plot in the northern Sierra Nevada—and climate change is a likely culprit. Christopher Intagliata reports...

September 2, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata
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