Elana Spivack reports on science and health for Inverse from New York City. Other bylines include Popular Science, Lady Science, BitchMedia, and more. Elana has a Masters in Journalism from NYU Science Health Environmental Reporting Program. When not reporting, she contributes satire to McSweeney's, Reductress, and others. You can find her published work at elanaspivack.com and her tweets under @elanaspivack.
The world's most vital forests are dying at twice the rate they did 35 years ago — study
Evidence shows that tree mortality has doubled in the last 35 years in Australian tropical forests, which could result in forests becoming carbon sources one day.
Does smoked meat cause cancer? A dietitian assesses the damage
Your BBQ could come with a side of P.A.H.s and H.C.A.s.
4 of the worst heat waves in the last 60 years went unrecorded — here's why
A new study retrieves what slipped through the cracks.
Should we abandon good pasta? A dietitian digs in on “healthier” alternatives
There’s a place on the plate for all types of pasta.
Does submerging an avocado in water keep it fresh? The science behind the hack
Read this before you follow that TikTok advice.
Watch this robot jump the height of a 10-story building
It could inspire the next generation of extraterrestrial rovers.
Can you refreeze thawed leftovers? A food safety specialist explains the complicated science
Yes — but there’s a right way.
1 in 5 reptile species is now endangered — here's why that matters so much
Reptiles fell through the cracks of conservation.
Is the raw food diet healthy? A nutritionist debunks the wellness myth
Raw or cooked, just eat some vegetables.
Scientists finally know why Oreo filling always sticks to one side
There’s rheology, and then there’s Oreology.
Biologists have cracked the ‘long-standing mystery’ of egg mimicking in birds
Or, how to trick someone else into raising your kids (according to birds).
The meningitis vaccine may protect against this dreaded STD, new studies show
A two for one special.
The pandemic’s first year impeded S.T.D. screening, a new CDC report says
The report “reflects the realities of a strained public health infrastructure.”
For naked mole-rats, social status correlates with this organ’s size
Size does matter, it turns out.
The surprising evolutionary history behind dogs making “puppy eyes”
Less “Aaaah!”, more “Awww.”
Everything you need to know about the current bird flu outbreak in the U.S.
As long as you’re not a bird, you’re probably fine.
Molecular chemistry debunks a misguided pasta cooking technique
Salted water is all you need.
One apocalyptic weather combination could happen twice as often by 2100 — study
“Wildfires are going to continue to increase in the future, and so is rainfall.”
BA.2 is quickly becoming the dominant Covid-19 variant in the U.S. Should we be worried?
Everything you need to know about this Omicron subvariant.
Poop transplants could be used to treat peanut allergies — study
Fecal microbiota therapy shows early promise as a treatment for the potentially life-threatening allergy.