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Stories by 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

Winking Star 6 Centuries Ago Explained

A star that appeared and then vanished in A.D. 1437 was an explosion in a binary star system—which now reveals clues about the life cycle of certain stars. Christopher Intagliata reports...

September 1, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Climate Change Might Shrink Fish

Warmer water boosts fishes' demand for oxygen—and their bodies may shrink in response. Christopher Intagliata reports.

August 29, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

A Fruitful Experiment in Land Conservation

In 1998 an orange juice maker dumped 12,000 tons of orange peels on degraded pastureland in Costa Rica—transforming it into vine-rich jungle. Christopher Intagliata reports.

August 25, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

No Bull: Lizards Flee When They See Red

Western fence lizards are more spooked by red and gray shirts than they are by blue ones—perhaps because the males have blue bellies themselves. Christopher Intagliata reports.

August 9, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Celebrities Tweet Like Bots

Celebrity Twitter accounts look a lot like Twitter bots: They tweet regularly, follow relatively few people, and upload a lot of content. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

August 5, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Cold Snap Shapes Lizard Survivors

An epic bout of cold weather quickly altered a population of lizards—an example of natural selection in action. Christopher Intagliata reports.

August 3, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Mediterranean Diet Works--for Upper Crust

Italians who stuck closely to the heart-healthy diet had fewer heart attacks and strokes—but only if they were well-off and/or college educated. Christopher Intagliata reports.

August 1, 2017 — 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

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July 1, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata
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