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

We’re Growing Horns Because Of Our Smartphone Addiction

These spikes, which are officially called “external occipital protuberance,” are said to be formed due to the bent-neck position that most cellphone users take when using their devices over long periods of time,

Medical Marijuana Cardholders Can Still Be Busted For Stoned Driving

In many cases, even if a patient isn't actually high while they are behind the wheel, law enforcement can still find ways to drag them to jail and file charges for this offense.

5 Things To Make Your Time At The Office More Bearable This Summer

Summer makes it a little harder to slave away considering all the fun things that are outdoors, just a few steps away.

Here’s What You Should Do If You Want To Hike With Marijuana

Now that summer is upon us, it's time to remember that hikes bring out the best in marijuana by getting you in touch with nature and allowing you to relax and enjoy your trek in surprising ways.

Who Pays For All Those Outfits Meghan Markle Wears? You Might Be Surprised

How the royals manage to fund their expensive fashion habits will be quite surprising to anyone who thought "freebie" was automatically printed on royal receipts.

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What You Need To Know About Marijuana And Breast Cancer

As remarkable as it may seem, there is reliable and growing for-real evidence suggesting that cannabis can slow the growth of breast cancer tumors.

Can Marijuana Really Cure Cancer? Here’s The Science

To delve into the literature on medical marijuana can, at times, feel like wading into a sea of nonsense. But one of the claims that seems on its face to rank among the most supremely bullshittiest turns out to be true. Maybe.

Itchy? Medical Marijuana Can Help With Cases Both Severe And Minimal

Itchy skin from dry skin and allergies is an issue, but is also a symptom of much more serious conditions, including liver disease and kidney failure.

Marijuana And Motion Sickness: Here’s What We Know

Cannabis is commonly recommended to ease the nausea associated with chemotherapy, but can it relieve the more familiar sensation of motion sickness?

Can Medical Marijuana Cure My Fear Of Public Speaking?

Anxious and taking the mic? Get ready to drop it. It might not make you a better public speaker, but it could make you a more courageous one.

What The Heck Is Trichotillomania And Can Cannabis Help?

It is an impulse control disorder related to obsessive compulsive disease that can leave patients with patchy bald spots — which can be a source of embarrassment.