Elana Spivack

Elana Spivack reports on science and health for Inverse from New York City. Other bylines include Scientific American, Popular Science, and more. Elana has a Masters in Journalism from NYU Science Health Environmental Reporting Program. When not reporting, she contributes satire to McSweeney's, Reductress, and others. You can find her published work at elanaspivack.com and her tweets under @elanaspivack.

Detox

Should You Take Supplements? A Doctor Reveals the 2 That Are Worth It

Always talk to your doctor before starting anything new.

ByElana Spivack
Science

Should I Give My Cat A Bath? A Veterinarian Explains Why Cats Can Skip Them

The average healthy pet cat, indoor or outdoor, won’t need a bath.

ByElana Spivack
Science

Exotic Cats Can Recognize People by Voice Alone, a New Study Shows

These felines are less asocial than we thought.

ByElana Spivack
Detox

Soda Brands Are Adding Fiber to Their Beverages — Here’s What Could Go Wrong

They’re not healthy — just healthier than soda (which isn’t that hard to be).

ByElana Spivack
Pet Science

A Puppy Kindergarten Teacher Reveals the Foolproof Method to Teach Your Pet Its Name

Your pet knows its name, but not in the same way you know yours.

ByElana Spivack
Detox

This Easy, Overlooked Diet Tweak Could Revolutionize Your Gut Health

Chewing is an underrated step of digestion.

ByElana Spivack
Pet Science

Are Cats Petty? No, But They Are Extremely Insecure

When they act out, our kitties aren’t conveying resentment, according to a pet psychologist.

ByElana Spivack
Health

Researchers Created the “Ideal” Astronaut Diet And Turned It Into This Salad Recipe

Numerous plants have proven tough enough to grow in space.

ByElana Spivack
Science

A 6-Million-Year-Old Ape Ear Fossil Contains An Unexpected Clue To Why Humans Walk Upright

It’s all in the ears.

ByElana Spivack
Pet Science

A Pet Psychologist Reveals How To Give Your Dog The Best Walk of Its Life

Consider the importance of stopping to sniff often.

ByElana Spivack
Science

The Bizarre Sex Lives Of These Marsupials Could Reveal Secrets About Sleep

You’d probably give up sleep if you only got to mate once in your life, too.

ByElana Spivack
Science

Look! Cutting-Edge Camera Tech Reveals the World Through a Bee’s Eyes

The birds and the bees see far more in nature than we humans do.

ByElana Spivack
Health

A Sleep Scientist Reveals the Hidden Secrets to Overcoming Jet Lag

The temporary full-body hangover affects every part of your body.

ByElana Spivack
Pet Science

Does My Pet Need a Chiropractor? A Rehabilitation Therapist Explains

Throw your dog a therapeutically adjusted bone.

ByElana Spivack
Detox

Are Candles Carcinogenic? Here’s the Tough Truth

Are Clean Cotton and Sparkling Cinnamon slowly killing us all?

ByElana Spivack
Pet Science

What’s the Best Way to Pet Your Cat? Squish Them, According to Science

We call it a “smoosh.”

ByElana Spivack
Pet Science

Can Home Electronics Harm Your Pet? A Veterinarian Reveals What To Turn Off

If it means keeping our dog happy, we’ll never let the microwave timer hit zero.

ByElana Spivack
Mind & Body

See Why These 3 Diets Are Ranked As 2024’s Worst Meal Plans

Here’s the bottom of the dietary barrel.

ByElana Spivack
Mind & Body

The World’s 3 Healthiest Diets in 2024 Have One Crucial Thing In Common

Healthy eating and weight loss aren’t synonymous.

ByElana Spivack
Detox

Why Isn’t There a Vaccine for the Common Cold? A Virologist Reveals the Hidden Reason

The cold is common because many virus genotypes produce the same symptoms.

ByElana Spivack