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
4th of July in Space: How Would Fireworks Work on Mars?
Neel V. Patel
July 4th won't look the same on the red planet.
Science
Mount Mayon Volcano in the Philippines to Erupt Any Day Now
Neel V. Patel
More than 40,000 people have been evacuated from the surrounding area.
Science
Why the H3N2 ‘Aussie Flu’ Strain is Such a Brutal Virus
Neel V. Patel
Skeptical? Just ask the Australians. 
Science
Revised Climate Change Predictions are Slightly Less Apocalyptic
Neel V. Patel
But at a minimum, things are certain to get worse.
Science
A Form of Salmonella Might Have Killed Off the Aztecs
Neel V. Patel
Scientists may have finally solved a 500-year old "whodunnit" mystery.
Science
Google's Arts and Culture App Sees Faces Like Humans Do
Neel V. Patel
The brain and the algorithm are more similar than we think.
Science
New "Rainbow" Dinosaur Fossil Found by Chinese Scientists
Neel V. Patel
If it works for hummingbirds, it must have worked for dinosaurs, right?
Culture
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
California Mudslides: 7 Maps, Pictures of the Montecito Destruction
Neel V. Patel
Rains after wildfires create a terrible recipe for disaster.
Science
Ryan Shazier Injury: What Sunday's Steelers Game Says About His Recovery
Neel V. Patel
The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker is still recovering from a devastating spinal injury. 
Science
Scientists Find Eight New Sites of Water Ice on Mars
Neel V. Patel
They could be a game-changer for deciding where to start a colony on the red planet.
Science
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
Ibuprofen Could Cause 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
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
Trypophobia Might Not Actually Be a Fear of Holes, Scientists Say
Neel V. Patel
Trypophobia isn't actually a phobia.
Innovation
Greg Matloff Could Get Us to Alpha Centauri, and He's Closer Than Ever
Neel V. Patel
Greg Matloff has spent most of his life trying to go interstellar, and he's closer than ever.
Innovation
Taryn Southern is Making a Near-Total A.I. Album 
Neel V. Patel
Taryn Southern is creating a pop music album composed entirely of A.I.-created music. 
Science
‘Blue Planet’ Inspires Epic Radiohead-Hans Zimmer Collaboration
Neel V. Patel
Innovation
5 of Cassini's Most Important Achievements
Neel V. Patel
Science
Cassini Will Plunge Into Saturn and Die for Three Hours on Friday
Neel V. Patel