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Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is an editor at All Things Considered, where he writes news and edits interviews with politicians, musicians, restaurant owners, scientists and many of the other voices heard on the air.

Before joining NPR, Intagliata spent more than a decade covering space, microbes, physics and more at the public radio show Science Friday. As senior producer and editor, he set overall program strategy, managed the production team and organized the show's national event series. He also helped oversee the development and launch of Science Friday's narrative podcasts Undiscovered and Science Diction.

While reporting, Intagliata has skated Olympic ice, shadowed NASA astronaut hopefuls across Hawaiian lava and hunted for beetles inside dung patties on the Kansas prairie. He also reports regularly for Scientific American, and was a 2015 Woods Hole Ocean Science Journalism fellow.

Prior to becoming a journalist, Intagliata taught English to bankers and soldiers in Verona, Italy, and traversed the Sierra Nevada backcountry as a field biologist, on the lookout for mountain yellow-legged frogs.

Intagliata has a master's degree in science journalism from New York University, and a bachelor's degree in biology and Italian from the University of California, Berkeley. He grew up in Orange, Calif., and is based at NPR West in Culver City.

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A recent study of mummified parrots found in a high-altitude desert region in South America suggests to researchers that, as far back as some 900 years ago, people went to arduous lengths to transport the prized birds across vast and complex trade routes.

The remains of more than two dozen scarlet macaws and Amazon parrots were found at five different sites in northern Chile's arid Atacama Desert — far from their home in the Amazon rainforest.

So how did they get there?

Scientists are inching one step closer toward redefining the length of a second.

To do that, they're using atomic clocks.

Atomic clocks, which look like a jumble of lasers and wires, work by tapping into the natural oscillation of atoms, with each atom "ticking" at a different speed.

Modern conveniences including cellphones, the Internet and GPS are all made possible through the ticking of atomic clocks.

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We're going to spend the next few minutes remembering one of the more than 400,000 people in the U.S. killed by COVID-19, the Reverend John Wilkins of Memphis. NPR's Christopher Intagliata has this remembrance.

Everyone Needs A Buddy. Even Sharks

Aug 13, 2020

Sharks are often maligned as Hollywood monsters, the lone wolves lurking in the deep, hunting for prey. (Cue Jaws theme song).

But that caricature of sharks is increasingly out of step with what scientists are learning about the animals. Instead, they say, some species of sharks are social creatures who return day after day to a group of the same fellow sharks.