Christopher Intagliata

Senior Producer

Science Friday

Christopher Intagliata is the senior producer for Science Friday.

Christopher is Science Friday's senior producer, and a regular contributor to Scientific American. His favorite stories feature microbes or food — or in the best-case scenario, both. Before coming to Science Friday, Christopher taught English in Italy and counted endangered frogs (Rana muscosa) in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master's in science, health and environmental reporting from the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.

A close-up view of a male blue orchard bee, also known as Osmia lignaria. This type of bee, which is native to North America, is known to be one of the world's best pollinators.

Book creates buzz about native bees of North America


When you hear the word “bee,” you probably picture a honeybee. As a new book shows, though, many bees native to North America defy conventionalism and remain relatively unknown on their own continent

In 1908, New Zealand Parliament passed the Prevention of Quackery Act to defend against claims such as the one featured in this leaflet: "bile beans" that claimed to cure a vareity of ailments, including indigestion, headaches, pimples and sleeplessness.

New book looks at medical cures now considered ‘quackery’

A biting midge pollinates a cacao flower on the Goodman Cacao Estate in Killaloe, Australia.

Giant chocolate industry depends on tiny insects for survival

For years, Shanghai has featured some of China's worst air pollution. Recent initiatives by the Chinese government, though, have begun to clean up some of the problem.

With the US pursuing fossil fuels, alternative, renewable forms of energy could be an even bigger boon to China

Wikimedia Foundation servers

Scientists warn we may be creating a ‘digital dark age’

Bats flying near Bracken Cave, Texas.

For the future of self-driving technology, look to … bats?


Scientists still aren’t sure how bats avoid colliding with one another in swarms. Solving the mysteries of their “biological sonar” could give us clues for our own technology.

Wild horses.

The trouble with managing America’s wild horses


“We never have really figured out how to make the idea of the horse as a symbol of freedom, and the practical biology of protecting and yet limiting this horse, work,” says author David Philipps.

Rainbow scarab beetle

Dung beetles navigate using the Milky Way and other facts about ‘nature’s recyclers’


You may not envy what dung beetles and carrion beetles dine on, but you live in a world that they help keep clean.

Three psychologists debunk a persistent myth about how we learn.

Consider yourself a ‘visual’ or ‘auditory’ learner? Turns out, there’s not much science behind learning styles.


Three psychologists debunk a persistent myth about how we learn.

phone in hand

How to make biometric technology more secure


What’s on the horizon in biometric security, and how can we make the technology more secure?