Articles by Roxanne Palmer
- Reindeer Eyes, Scary Snakes: The Week In Science
November 02 2013 10:40 AM
Arctic darkness explains reindeer's color-changing eyes; human brains are hard-wired to spot snakes.
- Mexican Wolf Endangered Species List Proposal Draws Ire
November 01 2013 8:52 PM
Is the Mexican wolf menacing enough to require kids to wait for school buses inside protective cages? Ecologists are skeptical.
- Poor Childhood? Better Stock Up On Cold Medicine
November 01 2013 2:32 PM
Researchers found that people who grow up on the lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder are more susceptible to colds.
- Halloween Science: Tricks, Treats, And Spooks, Fact-Checked
October 31 2013 3:51 PM
Can you die of fright? Do vampire bats want to suck your blood? Answers to these questions, and more!
- A Dog's Wagging Tail Reveals Emotional State, But Not Quite How You Thought
October 31 2013 12:42 PM
New research suggests the direction of a dog's tail wag may reflect either a positive or negative emotional state.
- Where Is The Head Of King Henry IV?
October 30 2013 4:55 PM
Some scientists are questioning the 2010 identification of a mummified head as one belonging to France's King Henry IV.
- Dinosaur Walks Again - Inside A Computer
October 30 2013 2:39 PM
A scan of a 94 million-year-old dinosaur skeleton helped scientists figure out how such a massive animal could move around.
- 12 Amazing Shots From 2013 Nikon Small World Photo Contest [PHOTOS]
October 30 2013 11:04 AM
Some of the most amazing things on Earth can only be seen in extreme close-up.
- Drug Curbs Rats' Compulsive Gambling-Like Behavior
October 29 2013 6:57 PM
Rats were less likely to treat near-misses in a 'casino' as wins when a certain dopamine receptor in the brain was blocked.
- Scientists Make Substance That Looks Cool Even When It's Hot
October 29 2013 1:45 PM
A curious material called vanadium dioxide can mask the heat signature of objects, potentially hiding them from thermal sensors.
- New Fiber Forensic Technique Shows Promise
October 29 2013 1:38 PM
Researchers presented a proof-of-concept for a new forensic technique to analyze fibers plucked from crime scenes.
- Sneak Peek At 'Dark Universe,' Narrated By Neil deGrasse Tyson
October 28 2013 3:41 PM
Neil de Grasse Tyson guides you through the Big Bang, dark matter, and other cosmic mysteries in a breathtaking new planetarium show.
- Autism Test Refuted, Frog Doomed: The Week In Science
October 26 2013 4:51 PM
Scientists tried replicating another group's recipe for a genetic test for autism, and found it lacking.
- Despite Warnings, Some Saudi Women Drive In Protest
October 26 2013 11:25 AM
Saudi officials phoned activists ahead of a driving protest scheduled for Saturday, warning them to stay home.
- Rebuilding After Sandy: How Do You Prepare For Future Storms?
October 25 2013 4:57 PM
Can we not just rebuild communities damaged by Sandy, but transform them too?
- Google Glass And Classical Music: A Melodious Combination?
October 25 2013 4:26 PM
A Cornell University music professor thinks audiences will get a kick out of a "conductor's-eye-view" of concerts.
- A Little Sun Shines A Big Light In The Developing World
October 25 2013 2:09 PM
Replacing kerosene lamps with solar-powered ones could improve health in the developing world.
- Are Some Allergies Beneficial?
October 24 2013 4:45 PM
The same molecular mechanism that can cause unfortunate allergy symptoms after bee stings may also confer protection against venom.
- Get Excited For These New Apple Products -- In Grocery Stores
October 22 2013 1:42 PM
Two new strains of apple -- the SnapDragon and the RubyFrost -- were unveiled this past summer.
- Meet 'Dinosaur Joe,' The Baby Parasaurolophus Fossil Found By A Teenager
October 22 2013 7:54 AM
Kevin Terris found a dinosaur in the Utah backcountry the summer before he went off to college.