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Rachel Feltman

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New York, NY, United States

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

Past articles by Rachel:

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

Ever wondered why days get shorter in winter?

The tilt of the Earth helps explain it. → Read More

He’s let thousands of insects bite and sting him—here’s what he’s learned

Justin Schmidt loves studying bugs, which means he’s gotten some painful nips and stings from his subjects. He decided to turn that agony into something useful. → Read More

Megapixels: This is a seal with an eel stuck up its nose

Eels end up in the darnedest places. → Read More

Gifts for people with a lot of hair

I have a lot of hair. Seriously, check my credentials. And when you are truly blessed with a rich abundance of follicles, it kind of consumes your life. → Read More

The CDC says everyone needs to toss their romaine

With the holidays approaching, an *E. coli* outbreak of unknown origin is nothing to play around with. → Read More

This robot is perfectly designed to drill tiny tunnels in your skull

Cochlear implantation surgeries just got a robotic assistant. Read on. → Read More

We often call a virus a bug. Does that mean it’s alive?

It shows signs of life, but scientists don’t agree on whether it’s alive. → Read More

Thanksgiving cookware essentials you can still get by Wednesday

Sometimes you forget some Thanksgiving cookware essentials. Amazon Prime is your only hope, lazybones. You can still get these items by Wednesday. → Read More

MEGAPIXELS: NASA provides a powerful view of California’s deadly wildfires

A terrible combination of low humidity, dry vegetation, and high winds had Californians racing to escape multiple massive fires on Friday. → Read More

Ever wondered what’s on the astronauts’ menu?

NASA provides about 200 choices on the space station, but travel to Mars poses new challenges. → Read More

The spookiest things we learned this week

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 newest podcast. → Read More

Watch NASA dump 450,000 gallons of water in less than a minute

Space is hard, and it's not always glamorous getting there. Sometimes NASA blows us away in mundane ways—like by shooting about 450,000 gallons of water 100 feet into the air. → Read More

The weirdest things we learned this week: birthing rabbits, gruesome taxidermy, and the Parthenon's best-kept secret

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 newest podcast. → Read More

How sugar transforms into a variety of tasty treats: A short and sweet explanation

Candy chemistry explains how simple sucrose can be chewy, hard or fluffy. → Read More

Two astronauts just survived a ‘ballistic descent’ in a Russian rocket. Here’s everything we know.

On Thursday morning, two astronauts en route to the International Space Station were forced to make an emergency landing after an issue with a booster during launch. → Read More

The weirdest things we learned this week: eating your own twin, embalmed milk, and levitating frogs

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 newest podcast. → Read More

What's in a glass of water?

Here are some surprising items that might show up in your H2O. Read on. → Read More

The FDA just issued a warning for flea and tick medication that might cause seizures

The FDA is warning vets and pet owners about a particular class of flea and tick products, but that doesn't mean your pup or cat should go without. → Read More