Neel V. Patel

Neel is a science and tech journalist from New York City, reporting on everything from brain-eating amoebas to space lasers used to zap debris out of orbit, for places like Popular Science and WIRED. He's addicted to black coffee, old pinball machines, and terrible dive bars.
Science
7.3.2018 7:00 PM
How a Mars Colony Could Celebrate the Fourth of July with Fireworks
Neel V. Patel
July 4th won't look the same on the red planet.
Science
1.22.2018 8:24 PM
The Mount Mayon Volcano in the Philippines Is Ready to Erupt Any Day Now
Neel V. Patel
More than 40,000 people have been evacuated from the surrounding area.
Science
1.19.2018 6:39 PM
Why the H3N2 ‘Aussie Flu’ Strain is Such a Brutal Virus
Neel V. Patel
Skeptical? Just ask the Australians. 
Science
1.18.2018 9:54 PM
Revised Climate Change Predictions Are Slightly Less Apocalyptic
Neel V. Patel
But at a minimum, things are certain to get worse.
Science
1.17.2018 6:01 PM
Turns Out a Common Infection Might Have Killed Off the Aztecs
Neel V. Patel
Scientists may have finally solved a 500-year old "whodunnit" mystery.
Science
1.16.2018 10:13 PM
Google’s Arts and Culture App Recognizes Faces a Lot Like Humans Do
Neel V. Patel
The brain and the algorithm are more similar than we think.
Science
1.15.2018 8:55 PM
Scientists Discovered a Hot Dinosaur with "Rainbow" Feathers from China
Neel V. Patel
If it works for hummingbirds, it must have worked for dinosaurs, right?
Culture
1.15.2018 7:51 PM
Why Google Arts and Culture Face Match is the Best New App of 2018
Neel V. Patel
Its impact can't be dismissed so soon.
Science
1.15.2018 4:55 PM
California Mudslides: 7 Maps, Pictures of the Montecito Destruction
Neel V. Patel
Rains after wildfires create a terrible recipe for disaster.
Science
1.15.2018 4:52 PM
Why Sunday Was a Positive Sign for Ryan Shazier's Spinal Injury Recovery
Neel V. Patel
The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker is still recovering from a devastating spinal injury. 
Science
1.11.2018 7:00 PM
Scientists Find Eight New Locations on Mars Where We Might Harvest Water
Neel V. Patel
They could be a game-changer for deciding where to start a colony on the red planet.
Science
1.10.2018 6:00 PM
A 7.6-Magnitude Earthquake Hit the Caribbean Sea, Raising Tsunami Alarms
Neel V. Patel
What factors have to line up for an earthquake to create a tsunami? 
Science
1.9.2018 9:34 PM
Ibuprofen Associated With Fertility Problems in Men, Study Finds
Neel V. Patel
Next time you feel a headache coming on, think twice about what you're taking.
Science
1.8.2018 8:37 PM
Scientists Develop a New Theory for How Life Began on Earth
Neel V. Patel
Evolution may have taken a much more radical track than we thought.
Science
1.5.2018 9:58 PM
Fear of Holes May Not Caused by Actual Fear, Scientists Learn
Neel V. Patel
Trypophobia isn't actually a phobia.
Innovation
9.27.2017 10:26 PM
The Man Who Could Make Interstellar Travel to Alpha Centauri Possible
Neel V. Patel
Greg Matloff has spent most of his life trying to go interstellar, and he's closer than ever.
Innovation
9.18.2017 5:24 PM
In the Future, Pop Hits Will Be Made by Machines
Neel V. Patel
Taryn Southern is creating a pop music album composed entirely of A.I.-created music. 
Science
9.15.2017 7:10 PM
‘Blue Planet’ Inspires Epic Radiohead-Hans Zimmer Collaboration
Neel V. Patel
Innovation
9.13.2017 9:58 PM
5 of Cassini's Most Important Achievements
Neel V. Patel
Science
9.13.2017 7:15 PM
Cassini Will Plunge Into Saturn and Die for Three Hours on Friday
Neel V. Patel