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.

Pet Science

Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers? A Veterinarian Reveals the Forgotten Reason

Whiskers are extremely specialized hairs.

ByElana Spivack
Health

This Popular Longevity Diet Has Been Around Since At Least the Bronze Age

Sans diet culture.

ByElana Spivack
Health

MDMA’s Future As A Treatment For PTSD Is In Question

While this will slow MDMA’s pharmaceutical arrival to the U.S., the rejection isn’t necessarily permanent.

ByElana Spivack
Health

The First Few Weeks of Exercise Are Often Excruciatingly Painful — Here’s What’s Actually Causing It

The challenge behind the first three weeks comes down to your body learning that it needs to be up for the task.

ByElana Spivack
Pet Science

Should You Feed Your Dog A Raw Meat Diet? Veterinarians Explain the Forgotten Risks

Is a raw meat diet any better for dogs than kibble?

ByElana Spivack
Health

This Extremely Popular Artificial Sweetener Is Linked to Blood Clots, Study Shows

Xylitol joins aspartame as a potentially harmful artificial sweetener.

ByElana Spivack
Health

This Experimental Male Birth Control Works Even Better Than Expected

The treatment, known as NES/T, just completed its phase two clinical trial with flying colors.

ByElana Spivack
Health

A Brand New Male Birth Control Worked Astonishingly Well In Mice — Are Humans Next?

This novel, non-hormonal pathway prevents proper sperm formation.

ByElana Spivack
Pet Science

The Unexpected Reason Cats Meow At Humans

Cats can and do hiss, yowl, and chirp with other cats, leaving the meows for only a special few — for very good reason.

ByElana Spivack
Health

New Study Suggests Mediterranean Diet May Slow Cognitive Decline

Is there anything this diet can’t do?

ByElana Spivack
Science

This Ancient Egyptian Skull Could Be the First Evidence of Cancer Treatment

Skull 236 might bear the marks of our first foray into oncological medicine.

ByElana Spivack
Health

This Big Study Found A Sleep Aid Hiding In Plain Sight

The path to better sleep might be more straightforward than we all thought.

ByElana Spivack
Detox

Is Going Commando Healthier Than Wearing Underwear?

Skipping underwear can bring some surprising benefits.

ByElana Spivack
Pet Science

Can Dogs Really Get Seasonal Allergies? These Bizarre Behaviors Could Be A Sign

There are ways to distinguish allergies from infections — in humans, and in dogs.

ByElana Spivack
Health

A New Study Found This Molecule Is Linked to Less Anxiety While Stoned

Here’s clinical evidence that the terpene D-limonene is connected to lower anxiety while high.

ByElana Spivack
Health

Rubbing Your Eyes Is Way More Harmful Than You Think

While it may feel good, the damage is too real.

ByElana Spivack
Health

What Makes Mice Good Parents? This Cell, Maybe

Being “monogamouse” comes down to science.

ByElana Spivack
Detox

This Type of Coffee Is the Least Likely to Stain Your Teeth, According to Science

The way your coffee is roasted stains your teeth differently.

ByElana Spivack
Pet Science

Can You Train Your Cat to Sit? It's Absurdly Easy With This Simple Trick

Your cat can learn a whole host of skills.

ByElana Spivack
Detox

This Extremely Common Sleeping Behavior Is Never Normal

As much as 40 percent of adults snore, but when does a common behavior signal a problem?

ByElana Spivack