Sarah Wells

Sarah Wells is a Boston-based 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, and PBS Space Time, 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, she enjoys playing tennis and biking with her husband as well as unwinding with baking and podcasts. (Photo credit: Marshall Chen)

Never tell me the odds

Star Wars: A robotics expert reveals the The Mandalorian's biggest flaw

These are not the droids you’re looking for… to meet the demands of the modern world.

Astronomy Explainers

What is gravitational lensing? 107 years later, a phenomenon predicted by Einstein is still bearing fruit

A massive object can act like a massive magnifying glass under the right conditions.


A private company just made a huge breakthrough in nuclear fusion

The feat marks a step toward a new source of clean energy.

Einstein Week

What Einstein got wrong: 5 ideas that missed the mark

For all his genius, Einstein had a tendency to be stuck in his ways.


How pollution-munching nanobots could solve a major societal issue

Our waterways are a step closer to being patrolled by tiny robots.


Quantum gravity sensors could finally overcome a major issue raised by Einstein

Cartography could be changing forever as an advanced tool moves from the lab to the real world.


Groundbreaking new measurements confirm one of Einstein's most mind-bending theories

NIST scientists are one step closer to uniting quantum mechanics with gravity.


New discovery puts nuclear physicists closer to creating sustained fusion

Burning plasma is a crucial milestone for nuclear fusion, and scientists are now one big step closer.

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54 years ago, a computer programmer fixed a massive bug — and created an existential crisis

Here’s what vintage typesetting, defense software, and the Apple Lisa have to do with a ubiquitous computing feature.

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Physicists have detected a "ghost" particle at CERN for the first time

CERN physicists captured a tau neutrino using a photography-like method.

Check, Please!

Can you get high on nutmeg? A doctor explains what it does to the brain

Nutmeg is a potent spice sprinkled across holiday drinks, but ingesting too much may just land you in the hospital if you're not careful.