The field’s future lies in reclaiming parts of its past that it willingly abandoned.
But at what cost?
They can tear themselves in half and regrow complete bodies. They can retain memories despite decapitation. And if you chop them into little pieces, each piece will start acting like a perfectly intact worm.
The pandemic made it clear that science touches everything, and everything touches science.
This one is far from over, but the window to prepare for future threats is closing fast.
The pandemic keeps changing, but these principles can guide your thinking through the seasons to come.
Many people with long COVID feel that science is failing them. Neglecting them could make the pandemic even worse.
Cases of COVID-19 are rising fast. Vaccine uptake has plateaued. The pandemic will be over one day—but the way there is different now.
It’s easy to feel despondent or indifferent about the pandemic these days. Here’s a better way to think about Delta.
They’re not all anti-vaxxers, and treating them as such is making things worse.
For America as a whole, the pandemic might be fading. For some communities, this year will be worse than last.
Long ago, songbirds executed an evolutionary power move, rejiggering a sensor for savory tastes to react to sweetness.
Vaccines are still beating the variants, but the unvaccinated world is being pummeled.
People didn’t know where yellow-spotted goannas laid their eggs, until one team started digging.
An extremely common microbe can stop the insects from spreading the virus that causes dengue fever.
“Scientists are meant to know what’s going on, but in this particular case, we are deeply confused.”
We understand how this will end. But who bears the risk that remains?
The pandemic’s mental wounds are still wide open.
The bacteria that live inside the insects can’t keep themselves together.