Joined: May 19, 2015
Jen Pinkowski is the former senior science editor of MentalFloss.com. Previously, Jen reported about not one but two underground cities in Turkey, discovered Bronze Age artifacts in the Mediterranean, profiled Thailand's lone mosquito taxonomist, petted baby dinosaur skin in Utah, tracked frog-eating bats in the Panamanian jungle with night-vision goggles, and flew a plane near Istanbul when she really, really shouldn't have.
Why the World's Most Popular Wine Grapes Are Vulnerable to a Pandemic
The 'Alien' Mummy Is of Course Human—And Yet, Still Unusual
Why Do I Get Bruises?
If you bang your leg or arm hard enough, the smallest blood vessels in your body, called capillaries, can break.
Why Is Spicy Food Spicy?
Feel the burn! We look into pepper heat in the latest WHY?, our new series for curious kids and their parents.
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Why Is the Sky Blue?
Kids ask a lot of questions. mental_floss has answers. Here's the next story in WHY?, our new science-based series for kids (and parents!).
Why Do I Breathe Air?
The latest story in WHY?, our new series for curious kids and their parents.
See How This Power Plant in Iceland Turns Carbon Emissions Into Stone
The goal is to return CO2 to where it came from—and keep it there.
6 Priceless Documents That Reveal Key Moments Early in Einstein's Career
Mental Floss spoke to ETH Zurich archivist Michael Gasser about the papers—including one letter in which Einstein calls his good friend a "frozen whale."
This Road Trip Puts You in Blissful 70°F Weather for a Full Year
Fill up the tank and hit the road.
12 Gifts for the Traveler in Your Life
Let the wanderlust begin.
Voyager 1's Back Thrusters Just Fired Up for the First Time in 37 Years
Imagine trying to start a car that's been sitting in a garage for decades—and the car is 13 billion miles away.
You Can Now Get Your Own Copy of the Voyager 'Golden Record'
Even Carl Sagan, who created it, was turned down by NASA when he asked for one.
11 Savvy Gifts for the Runner in Your Life
Help your favorite runner reach their mileage goals year-round.