Articles by Roxanne Palmer
- 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.
- New Heart Disease Risk Calculator, Guidelines Don't Add Up, Doctors Say
November 18 2013 3:37 PM
A new heart-disease risk calculator overestimates chances for cardiovascular problems and could lead to overmedication, doctors say.
- 'The Power Of Poison' On Display At The American Natural History Museum In NYC
November 12 2013 5:59 PM
A new exhibit on poisons at the American Museum of Natural History features live animals, theatre, and interactive displays.
- A Hyena's Smelly Social Network Is Reinforced By Bacteria: Study
November 11 2013 5:42 PM
Distinctly different kinds of odor-producing bacteria reside in different species of hyena, a new study shows.
- PG-13: Deceptive, Pertaining To Gun Violence
November 11 2013 3:30 PM
Since the PG-13 rating was introduced in 1985, guns have become more and more frequent stars in PG-13 movies, a new study shows.
- Pablo Neruda Died From Cancer, Not Poison: Chilean Officials
November 09 2013 1:45 PM
The exhumed bones of the famed Chilean poet failed to yield any trace of poison.
- Super Typhoon Haiyan: Meteorologists Say Storm In Philippines Is Unprecedented
November 08 2013 4:09 PM
Some preliminary estimates peg Super Typhoon Haiyan as the strongest pacific cyclone at landfall ever recorded.
- A WEIRD Problem At The Heart Of Psychological Science
November 08 2013 2:48 PM
Supposedly universal theories of human psychology and behavior often stem from examinations of a very odd tribe: college students.
- Insect Sex Preserved In Stone, 'Lawn Sprinkler' Asteroid: The Week In Science
November 08 2013 11:10 AM
Two Jurassic-era bugs were caught in flagrante, 165 million years after the fact.