Richard Faulk

Richard studied the history of science as a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Irvine. After grading one term paper too many, he left the academy to concentrate on his own writing—and has never looked back since.While he has written on a wide array of subjects, Richard’s enduring focus has been exploring the points where science intersects with politics, culture, and the arts. That’s the drive that animates his books, Gross America and The Next Big Thing: A History of the Boom-or-Bust Moments That Shaped the Modern World.Richard’s writing on science, medicine, and curiosities both natural and manmade has appeared in or on Mental Floss, CNN.com, The Huffington Post, and the Discover magazine blog The Crux. He has been an invited speaker at Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy and Los Angeles’ Death Salon, and he has been interviewed on NPR, Southern California Public Radio, SiriusXM, and Radio MD. You can also watch him in the season two finale of the Science Chanel series Oddities.

Recent articles

5 Ways To Decrease The Damage Caused By Sitting At A Desk All Day

Desk jobs are bad for your body, ruining your posture and messing with your back, neck and wrists. Here are some tips to preserve your body when spending most of your time sitting.

Dogs Of Instagram: The Beagle

The most famous beagle, without a doubt, is Snoopy. Charles Schulz once stated, "Snoopy didn't start off being a Beagle. It's just that 'beagle' is a funny word".

How To Open A Bottle Without An Opener And 3 Other Must-Know Wine Hacks

Years of experience as a sommelier have taught me how to handle difficult wine situations, so before you panic, take a look at these 4 wine hacks.

Kate Middleton Was Just Upstaged By A Victoria’s Secret Model

You may think Kate Middleton would be the most whispered about mum at school drop-off in the mornings. But according to at least one parent, there is someone even more interesting. 

How Rock Climbers Can Use Marijuana In Recovery And Training

Improved sleep, training motivation, and reduced anxiety are just some ways in which marijuana can help climbers.

Meme Of The Week: Alienstock Music Festival Produces A Fresh Wave Of Alien Memes

Alienstock is the Woodstock of music festivals for people invested in Area 51 and government schemes.  And it's spawned a bunch of memes.

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Mouth On Fire? Here’s How Cannabis Can Help

Researchers accidentally proved that marijuana has the potential to ease the pain of capsaicin, which is the chemical responsible for putting the "hot" in hot peppers. 

Will I Get High Or Sick From Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke?

In some places, lighting a doob and second-hand marijuana smoke may attract some discrete side-eye, but less than a cigarette might.

Does Marijuana Work Better Than Sleeping Pills For Insomnia?

One of the most common home-remedy uses for cannabis is as a natural sleep aid or cure for insomnia. Why? Because it works like a charm.

Science: How Marijuana Works To Help Those With Multiple Sclerosis

It’s those last three symptoms that have been most studied in relation to medical marijuana.

Glaucoma And Medical Marijuana: 5 Informative Facts

Medical marijuana glaucoma treatment can help reduced eye pressure and relieve pain. Here's what you need to know about using cannabis for eye health.

Why Blunts Are Bad For You: It’s Not About The Marijuana

Cannabis can be mildly addictive; tobacco is super addictive. What happens when you put them together? You get a combo that’s extra-super addictive.