Column

  1. woman smelling a candle
    Health & Medicine

    Missing COVID-19 data leave us in the dark about the current surge

    Yankee Candle reviews and wastewater testing offer indirect hints, but we’re “flying blind,” says data expert Beth Blauer of Johns Hopkins University.

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  2. black and white photo of Alexander Friedmann
    Cosmology

    A century ago, Alexander Friedmann envisioned the universe’s expansion

    Alexander Friedmann saw that Einstein’s equations predicted multiple cosmic scenarios, including a Big Bang.

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  3. a crowd at Disney World
    Science & Society

    Pressure to conform to social norms may explain risky COVID-19 decisions

    As a science reporter covering COVID-19, I knew I should mask up at Disney World. Instead, I conformed, bared my face and got COVID-19.

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  4. packets of Paxlovid
    Health & Medicine

    Here’s the latest good and bad news about COVID-19 drugs

    After coronavirus vaccines, antivirals and a monoclonal antibody are the next line of defense, but the treatments may be hard for some people to find.

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  5. A changing climate means changes on the plate

    Editor in chief Nancy Shute discusses the future of food through the lens of climate change.

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  6. sign that reads "Free COVID-19 Vaccination & Booster Shots" in an airport setting
    Health & Medicine

    How I decided on a second COVID-19 booster shot

    Boosters help for a short time, and mixing vaccines doesn’t seem to push the immune system toward making unhelpful antibodies, studies show.

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  7. pov image of someone dipping a nasal swap into a covid test tube
    Health & Medicine

    What experts told me to do after my positive COVID-19 at-home test

    Rapid at-home tests mean many COVID-19 cases go unreported, but they’re a great tool for deciding when to leave isolation. I found that out firsthand.

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  8. To solve mysteries, scientists look to muons

    Editor in chief Nancy Shute discusses how researchers are using subatomic particles called muons as tools for scientific discovery

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  9. photo of someone behind the front desk of a hotel in Japan with an air quality monitor in the foreground
    Health & Medicine

    We can do better than what was ‘normal’ before the pandemic

    With all that people have endured, it would be a missed opportunity to toss aside what we’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  10. In Pandemic Year Three, still so many questions

    Editor in chief Nancy Shute discusses what we've learned about COVID-19, and what questions remain in the pandemic's third year.

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  11. apparatus of the Daya Bay experiment, with shiny orbs attached to long walls
    Science & Society

    Here are the Top 10 times scientific imagination failed

    Some scientists of the past couldn’t imagine that atoms or gravity waves could one day be studied – or nuclear energy harnessed.

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  12. photo of commuters, some masked, some unmasked at Waterloo station in London
    Health & Medicine

    How I’ll decide when it’s time to ditch my mask

    New COVID-19 masking guidelines are designed for communities not individuals, making a decision about safety difficult.

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