Rachel Feltman, Popular Science

Rachel Feltman

Popular Science

New York, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Rachel:

Trump’s favorite COVID-19 drug might actually increase risk of death

This isn't the first study to suggest hydroxychloroquine might actually be harmful for COVID-19 patients, but it's by far the largest. → Read More

The polar vortex is bringing snow to the US this weekend, because chaos loves company

It's unusually late for the polar vortex to be this weak, but that's leading to some bizarre weather. → Read More

States are opening up as their COVID-19 numbers rise

Here's the latest news on how the pandemic is affecting the US and the world at large. → Read More

Stay-at-home science project: Enlarge gummy bears to reveal the secrets of osmosis

Learn from candy. Eat the candy. → Read More

Scientists say the sun is lazy and boring

Scientists say our host star is surprisingly inactive—but that malaise might do us good. → Read More

Promising COVID-19 treatment remdesivir just got fast-track approval. Here’s what to know.

Evidence on the Ebola antiviral holds some promise, but we need a lot more testing to be sure. → Read More

Eight science-backed tricks to make you feel less sad

Here are some evidence-based practices that can help boost your mood. → Read More

The US is officially COVID-19′s epicenter

The latest case counts show the US surging ahead as the epicenter of the disease. → Read More

Soothing stories to take your mind off stressful things

You don't have to keep your mind on global crises all the time. Let these stories distract you. → Read More

What the official COVID-19 mortality rate actually means

The WHO says that COVID-19 has a higher fatality rate than previously estimated. → Read More

How to tell if a cold is COVID-19

Most people who get the novel coronavirus will just have the sniffles—so when should you get concerned? → Read More

The U.S. is barring foreign nationals who’ve traveled to China, due to Wuhan virus. Experts disagree.

The World Health Organization recently advised against travel restrictions in preventing the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus. → Read More

Get to know the very charismatic penis fish invading a California beach

They're not penises and they're not fish, but they'll ruin genitalia and marine life for you just the same. → Read More

The FDA is fast-tracking a second psilocybin drug to treat depression

Why the Food and Drug Administration is calling hallucinogenic mushrooms a "breakthrough" therapy for depression—again. → Read More

Apple Watches and iPhones want to track your period to make reproductive health better for all

The goal is to gain insight on sub-clinical conditions—women’s health issues that don’t quite fit into a tidy diagnosis, or aren’t severe enough to receive one—so physicians can offer relief. But what happens to the data otherwise? → Read More

The EPA’s proposal would take good science out of public health regulations

A published draft outlines policy changes that could even allow the government to roll back evidence-based protections already in place. → Read More

“Virginity tests” are violent, unnecessary, and without medical merit

There are much better ways to support teen health and safety than hymen checks and two-finger tests. → Read More

What has hundreds of sexes and excels at math? This is Slime Molds 101.

“The Blob” is way less mysterious than some have reported—but it's still really awesome. → Read More

America’s sexually transmitted disease rates are out of control

This represents the fifth year in a row that sexually transmitted infections have hit all-time highs. What's happening, and how can we stop it? → Read More

What shape is the universe?

It's hard to imagine the vast nothingness of outer space having a shape, and even harder to sketch what a four-dimensional object looks like in two dimensions—but we tried. → Read More