Dan Garisto

All Stories by Dan Garisto

  1. Physics

    Sound ways — literally — to move and filter things

    New technologies use sound waves to move and levitate objects. It’s not magic — it’s acoustophoresis.

  2. Tech

    This bionic mushroom makes electricity

    What do you get when you combine fungi, graphene, 3-D printing and photosynthetic bacteria? A mushroom that makes electricity.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Silver nanoparticles help fight brain-eating amoebas

    Nanotechnology may be — quite literally — a silver bullet for these microscopic monsters.

  4. Science & Society

    New smoke alarm tests a mother’s touch

    Smoke alarms are intended to wake people at signs of a house fire. But standard alarms don’t wake kids as well as a new type that issues warnings in mom’s voice, new data show.

  5. Plants

    The plant world has some true speed demons

    Some plants can fling, snap and hop at dizzying speeds. Such botanical gymnastics gives lie to the idea that all plants are slow, boring stick-in-the-muds.

  6. Oceans

    Ocean heat waves are on the rise — and killing coral

    Ocean heat waves are becoming hotter and more frequent. And one can be blamed for the 2016 coral deaths on the Great Barrier Reef.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Owww! World’s hottest chili leads to days of severe headaches

    A man ate one of the hottest peppers in the world. About a minute later, his head began pounding. See why they didn’t permanently disappear for days!

  8. Animals

    In a colony, king penguins act like a liquid

    Is this a living liquid? King penguins move around within their colonies, clearing out some space, and then refilling it. That behavior resembles a liquid, scientists conclude.

  9. Life

    Inked mice hint at how tattoos live on

    Tattooed mice challenge our current understanding of how tattoos stay in humans.

  10. Materials Science

    New device makes water give up its sounds

    A new device can dramatically boost the ability of people above the water’s surface to hear what’s going on below.