Articles by Roxanne Palmer
- 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.
- Russian Meteor Chelyabinsk A 'Wake-Up Call,' Scientists Say
November 07 2013 6:35 AM
Some scientists think the danger from smaller asteroids, like the one that exploded over Russia in February, has been underestimated.
- T.Rex Cousin Lythronax argestes, 'King of Gore,' Unearthed In Utah
November 06 2013 1:38 PM
Lythronax argestes is helping scientists flesh out the T. rex family tree.
- The Secret To Constructing China's Forbidden City: Ice Roads
November 05 2013 4:29 PM
Researchers applied a little bit of physics to history and found that icy paths were the ideal conveyance for huge stone blocks.
- Ancient Platypus Tooth ID'd As Extinct, Newly Discovered Species 'Obdurodon tharalkooschild'
November 04 2013 4:05 PM
A giant fossil tooth is identified as a newly discovered species of platypus that lived somewhere between 5 million and 15 million years ago.
- Weight-Loss Surgery Improves Womens' Sex Lives: Study
November 04 2013 1:17 PM
Women reported greater sexual satisfaction and functioning two years after weight loss surgery.
- 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.