How to Survive Pandemic Reentry
Astronauts have given us some useful tips for surviving isolation, but we’ll need more to weather a pandemic.
A Disturbing Look Inside an Italian Hospital
“Seeing people one step away from dying kills a little part of you.”
America’s Hospitals Have Never Experienced Anything Like This
If they run out of space, where will all the sick people go?
An Endless Fight Between Snowmobilers and Wolverines
Conservationists want to protect an elusive animal’s habitat. Snowmobilers want to preserve a cherished pastime.
Why a Tiny Colorado County Can Offer COVID-19 Tests to Every Resident
There are advantages to having biotech executives as neighbors.
A Fleeting Moment in the Solar System
Earth has lost its mini-moon.
Why the Coronavirus Has Been So Successful
We’ve known about SARS-CoV-2 for only three months, but scientists can make some educated guesses about where it came from and why it’s behaving in such an extreme way.
What It Really Means to Cancel Elective Surgeries
To make room for coronavirus patients, hospitals are delaying procedures that would make major differences in people’s lives.
Is There Still a Good Case for Water Fluoridation?
It’s a 75-year-old technology. Maybe we should rethink it.
The Perks of Being a Weirdo
How not fitting in can lead to creative thinking
The U.K.’s Coronavirus ‘Herd Immunity’ Debacle
The country is not aiming for 60 percent of the populace to get COVID-19, but you’d be forgiven for thinking so based on how badly the actual plan has been explained.
An Unexpected Ally in the War With Bacteria
Scientists have struggled to develop new antibiotics. Enter: the machines.
Social Distancing Could Change Our Relationship With FaceTime
As public-health experts urge Americans to stay away from one another, video tech seems poised to take on a new cultural significance.
America Isn’t Testing for the Most Alarming Coronavirus Cases
In many states, testing rules are so strict that doctors may not notice a community outbreak until it’s too late.
The Great Giraffe Illusion
Giraffes may be omnipresent in popular culture, but they’re disappearing in real life.
The Last Giraffes on Earth
The planet’s tallest animal is in far greater danger than people might think.
A Solar System of Fire and Ice
Earth was once the only world known to have volcanoes, but they’re all over the place, spouting lava and icy plumes.
What It Means to See a Cougar
One brief encounter with a big cat motivated a search for others.
The Small Stresses of Keeping Coronavirus-Free
Why is it so, so hard to stop touching your face?
Nuclear Tests Marked Life on Earth With a Radioactive Spike
Even as it disappears, the “bomb spike” is revealing the ways humans have reshaped the planet.