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)

extra flavor
What is the Nuclear EMC effect? Scientists shed light on a physics-defying mystery
Sarah Wells
The answer may lie beyond physics as we know it.
flyboys
Look: Lasers help scientists finally solve Jurassic flight mystery
Sarah Wells
Move aside flyboys, this pterosaur is ready to tear up the skies.
Check, Please!
Why is pumpkin spice so popular? Scent scientists explain the hype
Sarah Wells
Starbuck's pumpkin spice latte (or PSL) is an undeniable favorite. The drink's scent and nostalgia are equally as important as taste — and scientists explain why.
pick your brain
"Brain prints" reveal how your mind changes over time
Sarah Wells
Scientists have just learned more about a new, unique biometric: the brain print. Like a fingerprint, neural patterns reveal we all have unique brains.
Check, Please!
Can you drink too much water? A hydration scientist explains the myth
Sarah Wells
“If you catch yourself going to the bathroom every 15 to 20 minutes, you’re overdoing it.”
doctor's in
Look: A dime-sized robot wants to burrow into your stomach for science
Sarah Wells
The doctor will see you now.
snail mail
X-ray tech reveals spicy writing in Marie Antoinette letters
Sarah Wells
A historical love affair is finally revealed.
Check, Please!
Scientists reveal the true danger of eating too many carrots
Sarah Wells
Strange as it seems, eating too many carrots or other beta-carotene containing foods really can turn your skin orange. Scientists explain what to look out for.
Future of Health
Covid-19 exposed the one huge reason doctors remain so crucial in the era of A.I.
Sarah Wells
Medicine is being increasingly performed by robots and smart apps, but this "sexy new technology" may have just as many downsides and benefits.
new physics
Muon g-2 experiment results: Physicists may have discovered a new force of nature
Sarah Wells
The answer may lay beyond physics as we know it.
Check, please!
Is reheating coffee bad for you? A scientist reveals the pros and cons
Sarah Wells
We're all guilty of letting our coffees go cold now and again, but does that mean we should just throw it out? A chemist explains the science of reheating.
dinner's ready!
Scientists role play as Neanderthals to discover a dietary secret
Sarah Wells
Spanish researchers have recreated Neanderthal hunting techniques to better understand how they hunted prey at night and what impact it had on their diets.
Check, Please!
Are hot dogs bad for you? The truth behind the controversial report
Sarah Wells
A study looked at over 5,000 foods to determine how they might positively or negatively impact health and the environment. The news isn't good for hot dogs.
don't call it a comeback
After 10,000 years of extinction, this is when woolly mammoths will walk the Earth again
Sarah Wells
A new biotechnology company, Colossal, wants to bring back the mammoth in just six years. But moving this quickly could have more consequences than benefits.
slip-and-slide
Leaf-inspired material could solve a major drinking water problem
Sarah Wells
Scientists find inspiration in an unlikely place.
Tasty lamps
Light pollution may be killing an essential insect species
Sarah Wells
“Ya’ll got any ... lamps?”
shine on
Chemists use a novel hack to invent better chocolate
Sarah Wells
The delicious chemistry of chocolate is often exact and tedious, but scientists have just created a shortcut to achieve beautiful chocolate in record time.
Check, please!
Are brown eggs healthier? Science debunks a pervasive myth
Sarah Wells
You may have always heard that brown eggs are healthier than white, but egg scientists disagree and say these eggs have essentially the same nutritional value.
Cup 'o joe
Chemistry explains why the most underrated part of coffee is so important
Sarah Wells
It all comes back to the “mouthfeel.”
Rise of the machines
New EA tech will make future video games come to life like never before
Sarah Wells
Video game animation is getting more scientific with the use of machine learning to better animate movements in game. This technique will 1-up game development.