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Sarah Wells

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Boston, MA, United States

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  • Inverse
  • Popular Mechanics

Past articles by Sarah:

Google’s “Project Relate” wants to transform how computers understand you

Researchers at Google are designing a new speech recognition app to recognize atypical speech patterns. Will it work? → Read More

A frisbee-shaped robot could be the future of pollution detection

Scientists have designed a small, legless robot that can jump six times its own length and climb over obstacles. In the future, they may sniff out pollution. → Read More

The forgotten history of the blinking cursor

A blinking cursor follows us everywhere in the digital world, but who invented it and why? From block printing to the Apple II, this is the forgotten history of the blinking cursor → Read More

How white paint explains an entire era in the Netherlands

Scientists have completed a chemical analysis of 77 different Flemish paintings and uncovered new information about how lead trading can impact art. → Read More

CERN collider detects neutrino for the first time

CERN physicists captured a tau neutrino in a method like photography. The powerful laser experiment FASER will be upgraded next year to capture more. → Read More

A radical new camouflage tech borrows its inspiration from squid relatives

Researchers have designed a low-cost camouflage technology that can disguise its user with the power of sunlight, with potential military application. → Read More

Science debunks a disturbing, pervasive myth about sugar

What does it mean to get a sugar high? A nutrition scientist explains the myths behind sugar, including whether it can make you "high" or addicted. → Read More

A famous Tudor-era ship is being eaten alive — but scientists have a solution

After years lost at sea, scientists are finally learning what's been eating away at Henry VIII favorite ship — the Mary Rose — using new technology. → Read More

Is raw cookie dough safe? A food scientist reveals the best way to eat it

Raw cookie dough is a delicious reward for home bakers everywhere, but how dangerous is it to eat? A food safety scientist explains the risk and safe options. → Read More

What is the Nuclear EMC effect? Scientists shed light on a physics-defying mystery

Nuclear physicists have observed something strange in the heart of an atom that defies existing science. They're on a mission to figure out why. → Read More

Look: Lasers help scientists finally solve Jurassic flight mystery

In a new study, researchers have used laser beams to help them better understand the anatomy of an ancient Jurassic reptile. → Read More

Why is pumpkin spice so popular? Scent scientists explain the hype

Starbuck's pumpkin spice latte (or PSL) is an undeniable favorite. The drink's scent and nostalgia are equally as important as taste — and scientists explain why. → Read More

"Brain prints" reveal how your mind changes over time

Scientists have just learned more about a new, unique biometric: the brain print. Like a fingerprint, neural patterns reveal we all have unique brains. → Read More

Look: This dime-sized robot wants to burrow into your stomach for science

Vicarious Surgical has designed a new kind of robot surgeon that can climb into the body through a dime-sized hole and be controlled using virtual reality. → Read More

X-ray tech reveals spicy writing in Marie Antoinette letters

Researchers in France have used X-ray technology to decode the redacted letters of Marie Antoinette written during the French revolution to a secret lover. → Read More

Covid-19 exposed the one huge reason doctors remain so crucial in the era of A.I.

Medicine is being increasingly performed by robots and smart apps, but this "sexy new technology" may have just as many downsides and benefits. → Read More

Muon g-2 experiment results: Physicists may have discovered a new force of nature

Scientists found new evidence this year that muons may behave in a way that defies existing physics. Their magnetism may be caused by a new, fifth force. → Read More

Is reheating coffee bad for you? A scientist reveals the pros and cons

We're all guilty of letting our coffees go cold now and again, but does that mean we should just throw it out? A chemist explains the science of reheating. → Read More

Scientists role play as Neanderthals to discover a dietary secret

Spanish researchers have recreated Neanderthal hunting techniques to better understand how they hunted prey at night and what impact it had on their diets. → Read More

Are hot dogs bad for you? The truth behind the controversial report

A study looked at over 5,000 foods to determine how they might positively or negatively impact health and the environment. The news isn't good for hot dogs. → Read More