Articles by Roxanne Palmer
- 3D Printing With Metal, For Under $1,500
December 02 2013 7:07 PM
Scientists have made a DIY 3D metal printer that'll set you back just around $1,500. (Welding experience required.)
- Why Do Trains Jump The Tracks?
December 02 2013 3:44 PM
Human error isn't as common as you might think in train derailments.
- Koalas Bellow Deep Thanks To Newly Discovered Organ
December 02 2013 12:27 PM
An extra pair of vocal folds helps male koalas bellow deeper than their small size would typically allow.
- Controversial GMO Corn Study To Be Retracted
November 29 2013 3:25 PM
Food and Chemical Toxicology's editor-in-chief says a heavily criticized study will be retracted if the author does not withdraw it.
- World Cup 2014: The Quieter Alternative To The Vuvuzela
November 29 2013 12:56 PM
Scientists say the caxirola, an instrument designed for the 2014 World Cup, packs much less of an auditory wallop than the vuvuzela.
- T. Rex Flesh, Thanksgiving In Space: The Week In Science
November 29 2013 12:05 PM
A scientist thinks she knows how soft tissue from the inside of a T. rex bone survived decay for 68 million years.
- Sexual Regrets Differ Between Men And Women: Study
November 29 2013 11:27 AM
Modern men tend to regret not pursuing opportunities for sex, while women tend to worry about having sex with the wrong person.
- Why Not Ditch Butterball For Wild Turkey This Thanksgiving?
November 27 2013 8:27 AM
Wild turkeys nearly vanished from America in the 20th century, but they're back -- and perfect for your Thanksgiving plate.
- New Weight-Loss Surgery Method Might Be As Simple As Blocking Off One Artery
November 26 2013 4:19 PM
Blocking blood flow to an area of the stomach that makes an appetite-inducing hormone could be a powerful weight-loss tool.
- A Polar Bear Hair Might Be The Key To ID'ing The Last Jackson Pollock Painting
November 26 2013 2:23 PM
Forensic science investigates what might be the last painting made by the famed American drip painter.
- Weighty Worries For Women Using Plan B Morning After Pill
November 25 2013 5:04 PM
A European drugmaker is saying its morning after pill, near-identical to Plan B, is less effective in women 165 pounds or more.
- Mushrooms Break Wind To Help Spores Leave The Nest
November 25 2013 1:52 PM
Mushrooms and other fungi may be able to manipulate the air nearby to create a favorable breeze for their spores.
- Ancient Wine, Glitchy Curiosity: The Week In Science
November 22 2013 12:08 PM
Archaeologists find a wine cellar from nearly 4,000 years ago; the Mars rover Curiosity has a wee mechanical problem.
- The Physics Of Waterslides
November 21 2013 4:57 PM
How do people not fly off of giant waterslides? And can you build a slide with a loop in it? Physics can answer.
- Would You Eat Cheese Made With Belly Button Bacteria?
November 21 2013 12:19 PM
A new art exhibit turns microbes from unmentionable places into dairy products.
- Love And Marriage: Wife's Attractiveness Essential, Study Says
November 20 2013 5:32 PM
One group of researchers finds that happy marriages are made by attractive wives, but other scientists are skeptical.
- #FundPlanetary Campaign Urges Rollback Of NASA Budget Cuts
November 20 2013 3:08 PM
Scientists are urging the public to lobby politicians to restore funding that would keep U.S. space missions like Cassini flying.
- How Board Games Can Boost Your Kids' Number Skills
November 19 2013 4:43 PM
When paired with a board game, a certain kind of counting method can improve a child's understanding of numbers, researchers say.
- African Fruit Bats Carry Deadly Viruses: Study
November 19 2013 2:40 PM
Scientists found two nasty kinds of virus -- the rabies-like Lagos bat virus and henipaviruses -- in a survey of straw-colored fruit bats.
- Peek Inside The MAVEN Orbiter's Scientific Toolbox
November 18 2013 6:14 PM
See how MAVEN measures up to the other craft currently orbiting Mars.