Articles by Roxanne Palmer
- A Little Molecular Switch Plays Role In Memory Loss
March 13 2014 4:53 PM
The musashi protein's role in destabilizing synaptic connections in the brain helps fuel memory loss, a study finds.
- Ancient Porpoise Had Truly Impressive Underbite
March 13 2014 1:25 PM
Newly described species Semirostrum ceruttii had a chin that would put Jay Leno to shame.
- Rare Mineral Find Points To Possible Oceans Below Our Feet
March 12 2014 5:33 PM
A piece of ringwoodite, normally found only hundreds of miles below the Earth's surface, yields a watery find.
- March Madness Science, From Basketball To Animal Fights
March 12 2014 2:25 PM
One computer scientist's method for calculating NCAA tournament odds, plus an animal-themed alternative.
- Volcanoes Might Shelter Some Species Through Ice Ages
March 12 2014 4:14 AM
How to survive a deep freeze: head for the nearest volcano.
- How The Online Hivemind Works
March 11 2014 1:04 PM
Chinese researchers combed through 6 million tweets to find out how social media shapes opinions.
- Raw Milk No Better For Lactose Intolerance: Study
March 11 2014 9:08 AM
A study showed that raw milk was no better at easing lactose intolerance than pasteurized milk.
- Rain Of Terror: Climate Aided Genghis Khan's Conquests
March 10 2014 4:32 PM
The favorable climate in 13th-century Central Asia was played a role in the Mongol Empire's rise, researchers say.
- DeGrasse Tyson's 'Cosmos' Premieres Sunday
March 07 2014 6:21 PM
The late Carl Sagan left a pretty big turtleneck to fill, but new host Tyson is getting some early raves.
- CA Lawmaker Proposes Ban On SeaWorld Orca Shows
March 07 2014 3:34 PM
A California state assemblyman wants to prohibit killer whales from performing at theme parks.
- Female Condom Makeover, Bouncy Ball Physics
March 07 2014 1:39 PM
The female condom is getting updated for the 21st century.
- Study Finds Teens That Use E-Cigarettes Likely To Smoke
March 06 2014 8:41 PM
Teenagers that use e-cigarettes are also likely to smoke, but whether one behavior leads to the other is less clear.
- What Obama's 2015 Science Budget Allocates For Research Funding
March 06 2014 5:38 PM
Most scientists aren't happy with the president's plan to keep research funding mostly frozen.
- Unmoved By Music? Maybe You Have Musical Anhedonia
March 06 2014 3:55 PM
Beethoven a bore? The Clash leaving you cold? Perhaps you have specific musical anhedonia.
- What Would A World Without GMO Food Look Like?
March 06 2014 8:21 AM
If GMOs disappeared from agriculture it wouldn't be catastrophic, but there would be unfulfilled potential, experts say.
- Mercy Killings: The Science Of Kosher, Halal And Conventional Slaughter
March 05 2014 2:24 PM
As Denmark moves to ban ritual religious slaughtering methods, we take a look at the latest animal welfare science.
- Why BPA-Free Plastics Might Not Be As Safe As You Think
March 05 2014 8:17 AM
"BPA-free" doesn't necessarily mean "safe."
- Just How Do Flying Snakes Fly?
March 04 2014 2:44 PM
Researchers used computer models to examine how flying snakes glide through the air.
- New Fukushima Radiation Study Looks Ahead To Future Cancer Risks
February 24 2014 5:02 PM
A new study assesses radiation exposure and cancer risks near the Fukushima plant from 2012 onward.
- Why Are Book Reviews Still A Boys' Club?
February 24 2014 12:08 PM
An annual tally of the men and women who write book reviews or are reviewed by major publications finds lingering disparities.