Tara Yarlagadda

Tara Yarlagadda is Inverse’s nature reporter. Based in Los Angeles, Tara covers a variety of beats, including weird and exciting animal news, the latest in pet science, important updates on the climate crisis and the environment, as well as any other groundbreaking research in the big bad world of nature.

Prior to working at Inverse, Tara received an M.A in Literary Reportage (Journalism) from New York University. She’s worked as a fact-checker for The New York Times Syndicate and a local news reporter for Bedford + Bowery, a collaboration between New York University and New York magazine. She’s also published freelance work in a number of other sites, including PBS NewsHour, The New York Times, HowStuffWorks, Paste, The New Food Economy, and more.

In her previous life, Tara worked in social justice and nonprofits, giving her a special interest in understanding how the climate crisis impacts the most marginalized communities. She also dabbles in novel writing and screenwriting in her spare time, using her passion for the environment to write some very post-apocalyptic parables. You can connect with Tara on her personal website or on Twitter @TaraYarla.

Reel Science
The best new sci-fi movie on HBO Max reveals a real-life ecological crisis
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Dune is finally here, but its environmental message is more complicated than you might think.
Extinction Era
What killed the woolly mammoth? Scientists debunk one extinction theory
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Humans may be off the hook.
It's a full time job
Why do cats knead? Experts explain the complex science of "making biscuits"
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“I personally let my cats knead to their heart's content.”
Reel Science
Squid Game: Best dystopian thriller on Netflix reveals unexpected deadly science
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Experts explain the actual forces at play in the dystopian drama.
Sweet Summer Child
Scientists predict the year polar bears will disappear from this part of the world
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It's sooner than you think.
Home Alone
How long can I leave my cat alone? Cat experts reveal a surprising answer
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Experts tell Inverse the answer is probably not as long you might think.
Hidden History
Archeologists discover the earliest known use of tobacco in Utah
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“The find has implications for our understanding of deep-time human use of intoxicants.”
Reel Science
The scariest sci-fi thriller on Amazon Prime reveals a real virus deadlier than Covid-19
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The most popular movie of the pandemic gets a lot right — and some stuff wrong.
Smart Pup
Can dogs actually learn words? What a new study on “gifted” canines reveals
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Can man's best friend learn words? A Genius Dog experiment brings us one step closer to answering that question.
Time Machine
A Yucatan forest “trapped in time” reveals why an ancient threat can get worse
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This breathtaking ecosystem preserved Earth's past.
Reel Science
The best sci-fi disaster movie on HBO Max reveals a possible apocalypse
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"Greenland" and its planet-killing comet doesn't get the science of cosmic disasters entirely wrong. A planetary scientists explains why.
Dino Delights
Oldest fossil discovery of “bizarre dinosaur” reveals armor fused to bones
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This ankylosaur is the first of its kind found in Africa.
Feasts with Friends
Bloodsucking bats have one thing in common with humans, study reveals
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These blood-sucking creatures get by with a little help from their friends.
Canine Psych 101
Why do dogs wag their tails? Scientists reveal a complicated answer
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This common behavior reveals fascinating details about your dog's state of mind.
Reel Science
The most epic sci-fi apocalypse movie on HBO Max reveals a real-world threat
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This science-fiction classic made history when it debuted in 2004.
Leave Me Alone?
Does my cat want to be left alone? Pet experts reveal the surprising answer
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The answer might not be what you think.
Survival of the Fittest
4 ways the climate crisis is causing animals to ‘shapeshift’
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Scientists explain the bizarre ways animal bodies adapt to a warming world.
Ultimate Survivor
How one animal survived the asteroid that killed dinosaurs
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"Creative destruction" allowed snakes to inherit the Earth.
Reel Science
The biggest sci-fi disaster movie of 2022 reveals a real cosmic scenario
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Roland Emmerich's 'Moonfall' will bring the Moon crashing down to Earth early next year. But could that actually happen in real life? And if so, could we survive?
Adaptation
These 5 resilient cities can teach us how to survive the climate crisis
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These cities can teach other urban spaces how to move forward.