Articles by Tom Metcalfe

A new study probes the network of protons in egg-based paints to highlight how the paint works on a molecular scale.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
Understanding these ancient objects that sometimes produce cometlike tails may help explain how the solar system formed.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
New Orleans is suffering now, but almost everywhere in the country can experience power problems during extreme weather.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
A new model, based on "sea glass" from ocean ridges, may help scientists more easily answer a question they have long struggled with.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
Researchers make tiny disks that can propel themselves without external power.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
The curved barriers would deflect air pollution away from pedestrians and provide a scaffold for plants to "green" a city.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
Artificial "protocells" suggest the complex biochemical mechanisms used by living cells could have originated in simple bubbles.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
It’s becoming increasingly noisy beneath the waves, but people can do something about it.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
Optimally cutting lots of complex shapes from a sheet of dough is even harder than many researchers suspected.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
Haptic training could help expert musicians and top athletes break through their performance ceilings.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
Researchers say the morphing wings and tail of their robotic flyer allow it to soar at low speeds and make sharp maneuvers.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
New research reveals the economic importance of “wool dogs” to the Native American peoples of the Salish Sea.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor