Rahul Rao

Rahul Rao is a freelance science writer and a graduate of New York University's Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP).

As a freelancer, he writes regularly about physics, space, and infrastructure. His work has appeared in Gizmodo, Popular Science, IEEE Spectrum, and Continuum. He enjoys riding trains for fun, and he has seen every surviving episode of Doctor Who.

Before becoming a journalist, Rahul completed his bachelors at Vanderbilt University in physics and English. Rahul is based in New York.

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