Neel V. Patel
Neel V. Patel

Neel V. Patel is a science and tech writer from Brooklyn. His work has appeared in Inverse, Wired, Popular Science, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere.

Science
April 16 2018 10:20 AMNASA Launches Its New Exoplanet HunterYes, it’s looking for aliens.
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Feb. 22 2018 2:45 PMSpaceX’s Latest Launch Marks Its First Step Toward Beaming Internet Down From Space
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Jan. 30 2018 5:08 PMHow to Watch the Super Blue Blood MoonIt sounds extremely exciting, but it is really only moderately interesting.
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Jan. 24 2018 4:09 PMTrump’s Solar-Panel Tariff Will Kill More Jobs Than It Can Possibly CreateAmerica is great at solar-panel installation. But we’ll probably never dominate in solar-panel manufacturing.
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Jan. 12 2018 2:55 PMIt’s Surprisingly Easy to Lose a Satellite, Even One Worth MillionsSpaceX and Northrop Grumman are hardly the first to lose track of an expensive space instrument.
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Dec. 29 2017 4:54 PMWe Wanted to BelieveWhy 2017 was a banner year for discussing, searching for, and panicking over aliens.
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Dec. 28 2017 4:41 PMWhat Is the Point of a Solar Road?You’re meant to drive over it, after all. Could it possibly collect enough energy to be worthwhile?
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Dec. 27 2017 11:30 AMIt’s Time to Let Go of Our Dreams of Going to VenusYes, some people had these dreams! But the yellow planet should be left alone for at least a few million years.
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Dec. 21 2017 6:52 PMNASA Is Pivoting to AstrobiologyYes, that is the search for life in space, aka aliens.
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Dec. 14 2017 3:48 PMTrump Wants to Go to the Moon. Do Private Space Companies?Space exploration is done via partnership these days, and the private sector is generally less enthused about more moon landings.
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Dec. 13 2017 6:00 AMAstronomers Just Photographed a Nursery of StarsIt sure sounds cute, but it is really quite violent.
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Nov. 29 2017 4:05 PMCan You Brew Beer in Space?Budweiser is sending barley seeds into orbit next month. That’s just the beginning.
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Nov. 16 2017 6:03 PMLifting the Ban on Elephant Trophies Will Probably Help Save ElephantsOur knee-jerk reaction to hunting (and to Trump) ignores good data that suggest hunting works as a means of conservation.
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Nov. 15 2017 4:34 PMWe Just Discovered Another New Planet That Could Host LifeWill this be “the one”? It’s too soon to tell, of course.
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Nov. 10 2017 5:04 PMHow to Watch November’s Weekend Meteor ShowersIt’s a double-header.
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Feb. 26 2018 1:11 PMSpace JamFor the past few years, the U.S. has relied on Russia to shuttle its astronauts to the ISS. Delays in private sector development might prolong the problems.
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Feb. 6 2018 5:46 PMSpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Launch Brings It Closer to Sending Humans to MarsThe world’s most powerful rocket is carrying a Tesla Roadster and a dummy named Starman.
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Jan. 25 2018 11:49 AMThis Is the First Time in History a NASA Administrator’s Nomination Has Been Politically FraughtUsually the agency’s leader is a scientist who gains bipartisan approval. Trump’s nominee is an exception to both norms.
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Jan. 12 2018 5:09 PMDid Ryan Zinke Give Florida an Offshore Drilling Exemption Because of Mar-a-Lago?Everything Zinke says to justify Florida’s exemption applies to every other coastal state. Except one thing.
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Jan. 4 2018 5:07 PMHow Interesting Does Science Have to Be for the Public to Fund It?Crowdfunded research into what makes Tabby’s Star blink turned up disappointing results. Will the lack of aliens chill funding?
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Dec. 29 2017 2:37 PMAstrophysical DelightThe year’s most stunning images of space.
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Dec. 28 2017 10:36 AMHunting Coyotes in Cities Only Makes Coyote Populations GrowThis time, conservation management isn’t a good reason to go hunting.
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Dec. 22 2017 12:48 PMIt’s Not the Heat. It’s the Humidity.As climate change progresses, it’s not just warmth that will hurt us. It's the humid heat.
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Dec. 18 2017 12:37 PMThis Space for RentA Japanese startup wants to put advertising on the moon. Is that legal?
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Dec. 13 2017 3:19 PMIs This Cigar-Shaped Asteroid Watching Us?Scientists are tracking it because they think that maybe—just maybe!—it might be.
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Dec. 1 2017 7:12 AMHow to Watch the Only Supermoon of 2017It’s happening this weekend! Finally, something good.
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Nov. 28 2017 7:19 PMDid Russians Find Alien Life Clinging to the International Space Station?Almost certainly not.
Science
Nov. 16 2017 7:30 AMThe First “Space Nation” Just Launched Its First SatelliteIn doing so, it proved how lawless space still is.
Science
Nov. 15 2017 12:54 PMIn 1770, the Sky Over East Asia Turned Crimson Red for Nine DaysNew documents reveal what caused the event.
Technology
Nov. 8 2017 12:49 PMA Dangerous Self-Driving Car Is Still Better Than a Human DriverObjectively, anyway. The question is whether humans can handle this truth.

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