Kathiann Kowalski's Articles
- Many government programs urge people to save electricity by using more efficient TVs. Here’s why these programs should target “couch potatoes.”
- Tiny test tubes might one day replace sprawling data-storage centers, thanks to a new way to encode and retrieve information on strands of synthetic DNA.
- Scientists from different fields are tapping into connections between food and the brain to help people fight obesity and overcome the urge to overeat.
- Why just crack an egg? Make the shell into itty bitty bits and use them to build a more biodegradable plastic. New research shows how.
- A new ‘antibiotic’ plastic uses nanotechnology to mimic the hairs on insect wings. Then ouch! Bacterial cells that land on it end up stabbing themselves to death.
- Science and engineering careers explore all aspects of wind, from terrible tornadoes to aeronautics and clean energy.
- Students who use smartphones and other mobile technology in class may well be driven to distraction. And that can hurt grades, studies show.
- Americans’ grasp of science is improving. But a new study shows that adults’ scores can vary depending on how questions are phrased.
- A new ‘ouchless’ vaccine patch that uses dissolving microneedles could make efforts to vaccinate against measles more practical.
- Air pollution now ranks as the world’s fourth leading cause of death. About 5.5 million deaths in 2013 trace to just one type, called particulates.