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Tara Yarlagadda

Contributing Writer

Tara is a multimedia storyteller and freelance writer of culture, science, travels, soul-sucking books, movies/TV and great eats. In addition to HowStuffWorks, Tara has been published in The New York Times 360, PBS NewsHour, Paste, Bedford + Bowery, Hyperallergic and The New Food Economy. She’s also worked as a fact-checker for The New York Times. Before subsisting on instant ramen as a freelance journalist, Tara received an M.A. in Literary Reportage from New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and a B.A in Political Science/South & Southeast Asian Studies from the University of California – Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter @TaraYarla, for writing-related musings and check out her website here: tarayarlagadda.com.



Recent Contributions

Lawns to Legumes: Minnesota Pays Homeowners to Plant 'Bee Lawns'

The rusty patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis) is on the verge of extinction and the state of Minnesota is doing something about it.

Seals Clap Underwater to Communicate

Seals have long been known as dry-land clappers, but the first-ever percussive clapping observed by scientists has blown seal clapping theory out of the water. Or should we say under the water?

Mushrooms: Wash 'em or Brush 'em Off?

Aaah, mushrooms – all those beautiful shapes and colors, textures and flavors. But what about the dirt and debris that always seem to come along? We find out whether it's best to wash them, brush them or just go au naturel with them.

What's So American About Apple Pie?

Baseball, hot dogs, mom and apple pie. Of all these iconically American things, the apple pie holds a special place in the lexicon of American symbolism, but why?

8 Wild and Sprawling Facts About Mongolia

Mongolia is a country struggling to maintain its nomadic ways while stepping boldly into the modern 21st century world.

What's All the Buzz About Manuka Honey? 

This native New Zealand 'liquid gold' honey may make you want to abandon the bear. But does it really have medicinal properties, and why is it so expensive?

What's the Difference Between an Alaskan Malamute and a Husky?

There are two types of huskies and they both look an awful lot like malamutes, so it's no wonder people can't tell them apart.

IV Drip Bars Are a Hot Trend, But Are They Safe?

Feeling hungover or rundown? Just walk into an IV drip bar, sit down and roll up your sleeve. Is this a good idea or a fad that will go the way of the sauna suit?

6 Cheesy Facts About Cheeseburgers

We're celebrating, what else? The all-American cheeseburger.

Coyotes: The 'Song Dogs' of North America

Though ol' Wile E. never did catch the Road Runner, coyotes are some of the most ingenious and adaptable animals on the planet.

Asian Americans Should Be Screened for Diabetes at Lower Weights

Some U.S. doctors and Asian American health advocates are calling for a lower BMI cutoff for Asian Americans, mainly because of health concerns about Type 2 diabetes.

Excess Subway Heat to Warm London Homes

The London borough of Islington plans to harness the excess heat of the London Underground to hike up the heat to nearby homes and businesses.

Jackals: Canine Survivors and Tricksters of Folklore

Jackals, formidable members of the canine family, are often portrayed in traditional world folklore as wily tricksters, up to no good. They are actually brilliant survivalists.

Who Watches Neighborhood Watch Programs?

The National Neighborhood Watch Program was originally established in 1972 as a local response to neighborhood crime. How has the idea evolved over time?

Could Planting 1 Trillion Trees Counteract Climate Change?

Many scientists say that the response to climate change will require planting new trees. A whole lot of them.

The Blue Whale: Bigger Than Megalodon

It is the largest animal ever to exist on the planet.

6 Reasons Monkeys Should Never Be Pets

It may seem like just the cutest thing in the world to you, but owning a pet monkey is a really bad idea. Here's why.

Ruby Chocolate: This New Confection Is Pink Perfection

Ruby chocolate is a growing worldwide sensation, but the exact recipe and processing techniques are closely guarded secrets.

Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: The Mind Can Heal the Body

His theories about the mind's ability to affect the body influenced Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science.

Why Are Australia's Pink Lakes Pink?

This stunning sight is totally natural and totally cool.

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