Rachel Feltman, Popular Science

Rachel Feltman

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Recent articles by Rachel:

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

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