Sarah Wells

Sarah Wells is a Boston-based part-time Innovation reporter at Inverse covering all things technological from emotional robots to the strange world of machine learning and quantum computing. She also writes Inverse's "Check, please" food column which explores some of food science's most pervasive myths and uses chemistry, biology, and physics to debunk them. In addition to her work at Inverse, Sarah is also a freelance journalist and has had her work published in places like Undark, Popular Mechanics, Gizmodo, Motherboard, PBS Space Time, and Smithsonian.com, among others. Sarah earned her M.S. in science journalism from Boston University in 2018 and was awarded SciShortForm's "Top Pick" blog and honorable mention in 2019. She is also a member of the National Association of Science Writers. When not poring through scientific papers or calling up researchers, say enjoys playing tennis and biking with her husband as well as unwinding with baking and podcasts. (Photo credit: Marshall Chen)
pants on fire
Ancient tooth debunks a 2,500-year-old claim about Greek soldiers
Sarah Wells
Don’t trust everything you read in history books.
ancient comforts
Ancient finding adds an unexpected twist to the Viking afterlife myth
Sarah Wells
Even Vikings need a little comfort.
hardly working
These robots want to read your mind while you work — you should let them
Sarah Wells
Don’t worry, they’re here to help.
Check, please!
Food scientists debunk a wasteful myth about expiration dates
Sarah Wells
“There’s no industry standard for best by, sell by, or use by dates.”
mighty morphing
Ikea-like pasta is the Earth-friendly food of the future
Sarah Wells
Researchers have designed a pasta noodle that can be flat-packed, like Ikea furniture, and then spring to life in water -- all while decreasing packaging waste.
memory erasing
Can decoded neurofeedback erase our bad memories?
Sarah Wells
Seemingly straight out of 'Eternal Sunshine', scientists have developed a technique to erase pain from bad memories using machine learning and neural data.
Check, please!
Biologists debunk an 80-year-old myth about carrots
Sarah Wells
Can carrots give you super-eyesight? Maybe not.
no training wheels
AI is getting more life-like by copying a trick from human children
Sarah Wells
The future of robotics is getting more and more life-like.
Check, please!
Food scientists debunk a dangerous myth about moldy food
Sarah Wells
It's tempting to simply cut the mold of your sandwich bread, but food microbiologists say that this isn't always safe and could lead to eating toxins.
metal munching
Metal munching microbes could help us fight the next pandemic
Sarah Wells
These metal-munching microbes could have a big impact on public health.
back in time
Dead Sea Scrolls: A.I. reveals the hidden author of a crucial Bible text
Sarah Wells
With machine learning, scientists are now peering back in time.
more mowing
One surprising way robot lawnmowers will help the Earth
Sarah Wells
Your Roomba is getting an upgrade.
Science
Scientists debunk a long-held theory about oysters, chocolate, honey, and Spanish fly
Sarah Wells
Can aphrodisiac foods really stimulate your sex life? The answer is chemically complicated. "Don't expect a magic bullet," says Bryan Le, Ph.D.
best of both
Part-human, part-monkey: welcome science's newest chimera embryos
Sarah Wells
Don’t worry, there are not human-monkey babies — yet.
spinning webs
A revolution in 3D printing could help scientists speak to spiders
Sarah Wells
Researchers from MIT have designed a 3D model that helps them listen to the music of spiders, and maybe even speak with them.
uncanny
Creepy robot skin answers 3 questions about the future
Sarah Wells
The questions you’ve always wanted to ask.
Check, Please
Best pasta shape? Geometry debunks a popular food myth
Sarah Wells
Is all pasta created equal? Not according to a geometric analysis of pasta shapes.
shine a light
Engineers are on the brink of breaking a massive encryption barrier
Sarah Wells
The ultimate key is literally at your fingertips.
swipe right
Why A.I. knows who you find attractive better than you do
Sarah Wells
Researchers have designed a brain-computer interface that can generate uniquely attractive images based on your brainwaves.
drink up
One change to your coffee routine could save a beloved animal, scientists say
Sarah Wells
Time to put your conservation where your mouth is — literally.