Rachel Feltman, Popular Science

Rachel Feltman

Popular Science

New York, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Rachel:

How glassblowers turn silica, soda ash, and lime into stunning works of art

The basic process of crafting glass objects has changed little in the last 2,000 years—but new tech may help make the art of glassblowing more sustainable. → Read More

Give your brain a break with these swirling bird and fish patterns

High in the sky and deep in the sea, tiny animals conspire to form mesmerizing displays. For them, these aerial and aquatic ballets are just a way of life. → Read More

Some Americans are now eligible to get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccines

People with severely compromised immune systems, like HIV patients and organ transplant recipients, may need a third shot of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. → Read More

The COVID-19 Delta variant is more contagious than we feared—even among the vaccinated

How contagious is the COVID-19 Delta variant? A leaked internal slideshow presentation from the CDC paints a grim picture. → Read More

A gas leak set the ocean on fire

Mexico's state-controlled oil company Pemex is investigating the cause of the gas leak, which led to a five-hour fire on the ocean's surface. → Read More

5 explanations for 144 mysterious flying objects in the government UFO report

After multiple reports and visuals of "unidentified aerial phenomena," or UAP, from members of the military, the US government investigated. Here's what it found. → Read More

Can tripping on ketamine cure PTSD? I decided to try.

I tried for years to address my PTSD through therapy and conventional drugs. Then I decided to get high on ketamine. → Read More

6 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 abortion laws. → Read More

How to prevent chafing from ruining your summer

No matter how you move, chafing can affect you. Follow these expert tips to stop "chub rub" before it happens and cure the pain if it does. → Read More

How to guarantee a safe, COVID-19-free holiday

Don't rely on the results of a coronavirus text to determine what's safe for you to do over Christmas and New Year's. → Read More

Sharing doesn’t make you a sucker. This scientist has the numbers to prove it.

Athena Aktipis believes altruism is more common and beneficial than evolutionary social science has long presumed. → Read More

2020 isn’t all bad. Here are 13 science stories to be thankful for.

2020 hasn't been great, but there's been a spot of good news here and there. These science stories will put you in the holiday spirit. → Read More

Oregon just voted to legalize magic mushrooms. Here’s what that actually means.

A growing body of evidence shows that many so-called psychedelic drugs like 'shrooms' are safe to use—and can have astonishing therapeutic applications. → Read More

The US just hit 200,000 COVID-19 deaths

It’s been nearly six months since Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, projected that the novel coronavirus would kill 100,000 to 200,000 people in the US. The country has now pushed past that threshold. → Read More

Check out the United Arab Emirates' plans for building a Martian city—right here on Earth

The UAE recently declared intentions to build a city on Mars in the next century or so. Their first step? A prototype city on Earth. → Read More

The CDC suggests COVID-19 immunity lasts for three months

Several months into the pandemic, the CDC now feels confident that people infected with COVID-19 maintain some immunity—but not necessarily for the long haul. → Read More

Florida’s new COVID cases are outpacing entire continents

Cases are still rising in 39 states, as well as in Puerto Rico, Washington, DC and in the US Virgin Islands. → Read More

Can’t get waxed? Remove your hair with sugar at home.

This technique is easy and only requires ingredients you probably already have in your house—sugar, lemon juice, and water. → Read More

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