Author: Katie Palmer

Katie Palmer graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in chemistry and a concentration in neuroscience, though her classmates knew her best as "that cellist." Guided by interests in cognitive science and neuroscience, she has probed rat brains for hints of anxiety traits and attempted to reconcile consciousness with the reality of the nervous system. Katie hopes to follow these topics and more in the process of bringing science to the public. You can follow her on her personal webpage or on Twitter.

For MRI, time is of the essence

For MRI, time is of the essence

A new generation of contrast agents could make for faster and more accurate imaging

By Katie Palmer | Posted June 28, 2011

Living pollution

Living pollution

Jim Carlton is investing in the future of marine habitats, in more ways than one

By Katie Palmer | Posted June 17, 2011

E-cigarettes in New York City

E-cigarettes in New York City

Smokeless in the city

By Mary Beth Griggs and Katie Palmer | Posted April 29, 2011

A neuro-engineer’s call to arms

A neuro-engineer’s call to arms

What can the next generation of artificial limbs teach us about our bodies?

By Katie Palmer | Posted April 22, 2011

Coming to a screen near you

Coming to a screen near you

The race to develop holographic video will have winners and losers

By Katie Palmer | Posted March 11, 2011

Catastrophic cascades

Catastrophic cascades

What can we do to prevent the electrical grid from toppling like dominoes?

By Katie Palmer | Posted January 27, 2011

Microchip melodies

Microchip melodies

Simplicity and complexity collide in Tristan Perich’s music

By Katie Palmer and Madhu Venkataramanan | Posted January 26, 2011

Foiling the bugs that spoil wine

Foiling the bugs that spoil wine

Researchers identify a microbe behind musty wine

By Katie Palmer | Posted December 31, 2010

Sugar and spice and...salt?

Sugar and spice and…salt?

Molasses puts a sticky spin on road salt across the country

By Katie Palmer | Posted December 17, 2010

Mucus alters odors

Mucus alters odors

Snot may play a role in the scents we smell, not just how well we do it

By Katie Palmer | Posted December 12, 2010

The End of Time? Not Quite

The End of Time? Not Quite

Theoretical physicists predict that time will end…but when and how?

By Katie Palmer | Posted December 3, 2010

Comet crash could yield life's building blocks

Comet crash could yield life’s building blocks

Simulations show how a comet’s impact might have shocked amino acids into existence

By Katie Palmer | Posted December 1, 2010

Science on the Big Screen

Science on the Big Screen

A special showing of the movie Creation reminds us of the impact of a radical idea

By Katie Palmer | Posted November 2, 2010

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Honors Carbon Coupling

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Honors Carbon Coupling

Palladium acts as a molecular matchmaker for shy carbons

By Katie Palmer | Posted October 6, 2010

Dissecting Your Favorite Brew

Dissecting Your Favorite Brew

Researchers identify some of the proteins that make beer “beer”

By Katie Palmer | Posted October 5, 2010