Rachel Feltman, Popular Science

Rachel Feltman

Popular Science

New York, NY, United States

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Recent:
  • Popular Science
Past:
  • Washington Post
  • TorontoStar
  • chicagotribune.com
  • Quartz
  • The Atlantic

Recent articles by Rachel:

Yes, astronauts are baking cookies in space. No, they can’t eat them.

In space, no one actually gets to eat the cookies. At least not yet. → Read More

This terrifyingly tentacled moth reminds us that nature is freakier than any nightmare

The world is full of great and terrible wonders. These are mostly terrible. → Read More

NASA's new mission to Titan is looking for life in all the right places

Dragonfly—which won’t look like a little backyard drone, but more like a flying Mars rover—will spend 2.7 years making a couple dozen flights around Titan. → Read More

Yes, monkeys are having sex with deer. Why would they do that?

The deer don't get anything sexual out of the pelvic thrusting, but they get something else in return. → Read More

What came before the big bang?

Cosmologists used to think the universe was totally timeless: no beginning, no end. → Read More

The weirdest thing we learned this week: werewolf tomatoes and overdosing on placebos with Wendy Zukerman

What’s the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you’ll have an even weirder answer if you listen to PopSci’s hit podcast. This week, we talk with Wendy Zukerman from the podcast Science Vs about the placebo effect, werewolf tomatoes, and popping your neck to cause a stroke. → Read More

Bill Nye talks killer clowns, mermaids, pigeon poo, and deadly bicycles

This week, our hit podcast welcomes a very weird and special guest: Bill Nye the Science Guy. → Read More

Yes, you can get throat gonorrhea

If you think chlamydia and gonorrhea are just for genitals, they've got you right where they want you. → Read More

The weirdest things we learned this week: counting vampires and nudist founding fathers

What’s the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you’ll have an even weirder answer if you listen to PopSci’s hit podcast. → Read More

The weirdest things we learned this week: Blood-thirsty Bambi and 12-foot-tall birds

What’s the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you’ll have an even weirder answer if you listen to PopSci’s hit podcast. → Read More

Six pregnancy facts that will make you think twice about recent abortion bills

When it comes to anatomical facts, there’s no room for disagreement. Here’s what you need to know to understand the latest laws. → Read More

11 stories about poop to fix your crappy day

Feeling neck-deep in the dregs of humanity? Poop will make you feel better. Enjoy these 11 science stories about the world’s most fabulous feces. → Read More

I zapped my muscles to get swole and it sort of worked

Electro Muscle Stimulation training isn’t snake oil, but it’s not magic. Here's what I learned while trying it. → Read More

The weirdest things we learned this week: Rats with fetishes and America's first banana

What’s the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you’ll have an even weirder answer if you listen to PopSci’s hit podcast. → Read More

The weirdest things we learned this week: Animal prostitution and Pavlovian pee responses

What’s the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you’ll have an even weirder answer if you listen to PopSci’s hit podcast. → Read More

A baby was born with her own twin growing inside her

The phenomenon where someone carries a twin inside them is called fetus in fetu. It happens in approximately 1 in 500,000 births. → Read More

Ever wondered whether yawns are contagious?

They are, but scientists are still trying to figure out why. → Read More

Andrew Wheeler is officially the head of the EPA

After several months of Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler is now confirmed by the Senate. → Read More

On frigid days, why does it sometimes rain instead of snow?

Temperature isn’t the only factor in determining what will fall from the sky. → Read More

Passive-aggressive gifts that are also good for the planet

Presents for the people who are, uh, less concerned about the planet than you are. → Read More