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)

Toughen up

A 2,000-year-old Roman engineering secret could make today’s buildings greener

This ancient innovation could make help modern concrete last.

Here comes the sun

Hair-thin solar cells could turn any surface into a power source

At a fraction of the weight, these cells can generate 18 times more energy than traditional panels.

Out of this world

Scientists may have revealed the ancient secret behind China’s Bronze Age

Metal production may have been more complex than scholars originally believed.


X-Ray study adds to the mystery shrouding shrunken heads’ origins

New research contradicts what were once considered tell-tale signs of an authentic or forged artifact.


Large Hadron Collider: What the Higgs boson revealed to physicists.

The elusive particle may show physicists a world beyond the Standard Model.


Robots are ready to get touchy-feely

The better to feel you with, my dear.


New picture answers many questions about our galaxy's black hole — and reveals some mysteries

The recently-released image shows how Sagittarius A* is both mundane and very strange, all at once.

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.