Sarah Wells

Sarah is a Boston-based writer covering science and technology. She's interested in the philosophical questions of science and technology and has been known to wax poetic about dead mathematicians and the ennui of light particles from time to time.
Snow day
2.24.2020 8:00 PM
Video shows new method for detecting snow created by cloud seeding
Sarah Wells
Snow created during these trials could fill over 200 Olympic swimming pools.
Gentle jellies
2.24.2020 4:00 PM
Video shows soft robots holding jellyfish and it's beautiful
Sarah Wells
This approach could also be used to pick apples or assist with physical rehabilitation.
Smells like teen spirit
2.21.2020 4:47 PM
Teenagers are a mystery, but machine learning could help crack the code
Sarah Wells
Your poor impulse control might not be totally your fault.
A Solar Cleansing
2.20.2020 6:48 PM
A new kind of solar panel has a poisonous problem
Sarah Wells
Engineers are saying goodbye to toxic energy in 2020.
Snakes on Mars
2.19.2020 12:01 AM
Video shows robot snakes climbing better than ever before
Sarah Wells
Is nowhere safe?
Hold on to your lunch
2.15.2020 1:00 PM
Better storytelling could make some VR users less queasy
Sarah Wells
But only if you don't have much gaming experience to begin with.
Not so tough
2.13.2020 7:00 PM
Fragile crystals could help create better, tunable electronics
Sarah Wells
Experimental and theoretical physics meet again.
Not just for grapes
2.11.2020 4:00 PM
Joysticks and foot pedals could be the future of "microsurgery"
Sarah Wells
In randomized trials patients went under the knife -- some with robots and some without. Scientists call it "supermicrosurgery."
Jog your memory
2.10.2020 6:30 PM
This magnetic material could help solve our data storage problems
Sarah Wells
There's more data being created every day. Too much data. Antiferromagnetic materials could help.
Wound up
2.7.2020 5:19 PM
Scientists apply ancient technique to better understand batteries
Sarah Wells
Lithium batteries are everywhere, so why don't they work better?
Blood suckers
2.6.2020 9:41 PM
This robot is designed to suck your blood -- for medical reasons only
Sarah Wells
This blood-sucker is better at drawing blood than human doctors in some cases.
Seeing Eye to Eye
2.6.2020 6:10 PM
Drones can use echos to see a room around them
Sarah Wells
Scientists say that that approach could be used for cars and robots too.
Innovation
2.5.2020 12:03 PM
Groundbreaking wallpaper could boost your phone's signal by 1,000 percent
Sarah Wells and Mike Brown
And conserve your battery while it's at it.
A new life
2.3.2020 8:31 PM
H&M-backed technology will create fast fashion from clothing slurry
Sarah Wells
It's a process called circulose.
Time for a pit stop
2.3.2020 4:33 PM
Synthetic gas could be as cheap as fossil fuels by 2022–report
Sarah Wells
But better infrastructure will be needed.
Curiosity didn't kill this cat
2.1.2020 1:15 PM
Curious robot assistant helps scientists make novel discoveries
Sarah Wells
This robot is designed to explore for exploration's sake.
Shine a light
1.31.2020 7:28 PM
Photonic computers could solve a classic problem that stumps your laptop — study
Sarah Wells
Quantum computers might want to watch their backs.
It's peanut butter jelly time
1.30.2020 5:09 PM
Bionic jellyfish can swim faster and better than the real thing
Sarah Wells
Scientists say they swim faster and longer than the real thing.
Innovation
1.29.2020 4:28 PM
Why the uncanny valley is actually a good thing
Sarah Wells
And worried that it might be disappearing.
Light 'em if you've got 'em
1.27.2020 6:54 PM
Scientists design drug that makes tumors glow
Sarah Wells
This could help make smaller tumors easier to spot and remove.