Dan Garisto

Science Writer Intern, Spring 2018

All Stories by Dan Garisto

  1. self-driving car
    Tech

    First pedestrian death from a self-driving car fuels safety debate

    A self-driving Uber kills woman in Arizona in the first fatal pedestrian strike by an autonomous car.

  2. Climate

    Tree rings tell tale of drought in Mongolia over the last 2,000 years

    Semifossilized trees preserved in Mongolia contain a 2,000-year climate record that could help predict future droughts.

  3. tattoo
    Life

    Inked mice hint at how tattoos persist in people

    Tattoos in mice may persist due to an immune response, challenging currently held beliefs about how the skin retains tattoos.

  4. Plants

    These petunias launch seeds that spin 1,660 times a second

    One species of petunia spreads its seeds explosively, giving them a rotation of 1,660 times per second.

  5. tupanvirus particles
    Life

    These giant viruses have more protein-making gear than any known virus

    Scientists have found two more giant viruses in extreme environments in Brazil.

  6. brain
    Neuroscience

    To hear the beat, your brain may think about moving to it

    To keep time to a song, the brain relies on a region used to plan movement — even when you’re not tapping along.

  7. porpoise with tracker attached
    Life

    Shipping noise can disturb porpoises and disrupt their mealtime

    Noise from ships may disturb harbor porpoises enough to keep them from getting the food they need.

  8. periodic table
    Physics

    5 ways the heaviest element on the periodic table is really bizarre

    Called oganesson, element 118 has some very strange properties, according to theoretical calculations by physicists.

  9. skates
    Neuroscience

    The wiring for walking developed long before fish left the sea

    These strange walking fish might teach us about the evolutionary origins of our own ability to walk.

  10. Zinfandel grapevine
    Agriculture

    Grapevines are more drought-tolerant than thought

    Grapevines handle drought better than previously thought. This could inform irrigation management.

  11. sick corals
    Environment

    Plastic pollution increases risk of devastating disease in corals

    Researchers estimate about 11 billion pieces of plastic are polluting Asia-Pacific corals, raising the risk of disease at scores of reefs.

  12. genetically identical cloned monkeys
    Genetics

    Baby macaques are the first primates to be cloned like Dolly the Sheep

    Scientists have cloned two baby macaque monkeys with the same technique used to clone Dolly. The research could help advance the cloning of other species.