Dan Garisto

Science Writer Intern, Spring 2018

All Stories by Dan Garisto

  1. honeybees

    How bees defend against some controversial insecticides

    Some bees have enzymes that allow them to resist toxic compounds in some neonicotinoid pesticides.

  2. self-driving car

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. tattoo

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. tupanvirus particles

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

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

  7. brain

    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.

  8. porpoise with tracker attached

    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.

  9. periodic table

    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.

  10. skates

    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.

  11. Zinfandel grapevine

    Grapevines are more drought-tolerant than thought

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

  12. sick corals

    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.