Sarah Sloat

Sarah is a writer based in Brooklyn. She has previously written for The New Republic, Pacific Standard, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. She likes cheese especially when paired with a full-bodied joke.
Sunday scaries
Why one popular personality test is "pseudoscientific at best"
Sarah Sloat
What experts in the study of personality say about the enneagram test.
XY
Neanderthal genetics study reveals missing link in human history
Sarah Sloat
Scientists sequenced Neanderthal Y chromosomes, opening a new chapter in the complex history of ancient peoples.
Sunday Scaries
Scientists reveal a fascinating link between the immune system and anxiety
Sarah Sloat
The immune system affects the mind and body.
Sunday scaries
Brain scans reveal a critical link between binge drinking and empathy
Sarah Sloat
Data shows binge-drinkers need to work harder to feel empathy for other people in pain.
Mind and Body
What the Sturgis superspreader report actually says about Covid-19
Sarah Sloat
In August, thousands attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. A controversial report on the event claims it can be linked to 266,796 new Covid-19 cases.
Coronavirus
Study pinpoints 2 critical factors driving male Covid-19 fatality rates
Sarah Sloat
"We need to figure out a way to induce that immune response earlier... "
Sunday Scaries
Covid-19 offers workplaces and schools a chance to rethink accepted norms
Sarah Sloat
A surprising reaction linked to Covid-19 presents a compelling opportunity.
Snooze study
Body clock science explains why women and men sleep differently
Sarah Sloat
“This touches on a broader problem in biomedical research."
Stick and poke
In September, 3 vaccines move into final stage of testing in the US
Sarah Sloat
Here is everything you need to know about these promising vaccine candidates.
Sunday scaries
3 study-backed ways to increase self-compassion and fight FOMO
Sarah Sloat
New research argues FOMO is not necessarily a social media-specific problem or only an issue for young people.
Mind and Body
The 3 "ideal" qualities of a modern-day Mount Everest climber
Sarah Sloat
According to a new study, the success rate of climbing and surviving Mount Everest has doubled in the past 30 years.
Roof of the World
Want to climb Everest? New study identifies factors that influence success
Sarah Sloat
"It is no longer a few people alone on the mountain."
Science
95 "cool worlds" discovered in our solar neighborhood
Sarah Sloat
A collaboration between citizen scientists and astronomers led to the discovery of nearly 100 brown dwarfs.
Mind and Body
Coronavirus masks have an unintended effect on socially anxious people
Sarah Sloat
For some, coronavirus masks are surprisingly helpful for curbing social anxiety. Experts, however, share some warnings.
Mind and Body
Young people and loneliness: New treatment approaches are needed
Sarah Sloat
The current "one-size-fits" all approach to helping the lonely isn't working.
Sports science
Olympics Flashbacks: The physics of a Michael Jordan dunk
Sarah Sloat
Why Jordan's hang time seemingly defies gravity.
The new normal
A trait with a "bad rap" is actually helpful during Covid-19 — study
Sarah Sloat
Recent research explores the "psychological immune system."
Perseverance
Mars 2020: Remarkable maps are guiding the mission
Sarah Sloat
Incredibly precise astrogeology maps are incorporated into the tech guiding the Mars rover, Perseverance.
Sunday scaries
One advantageous way humans are more like dogs than Neanderthals
Sarah Sloat
In "Survival of the Friendliest" researchers explain why friendliness is the secret to our success.
Pushing the limit
A controversial discovery in Mexico rewrites human history in America
Sarah Sloat
Ancient secrets in a cave north of Mexico City could double the timeline of humans in the Americas.