Millions of people are still mourning loved ones lost to COVID, their grief intensified, prolonged, and even denied by the politics of the pandemic.
After the vicuñas in Argentina’s San Guillermo National Park caught mange from domesticated llamas, the world around them changed.
All epidemics trigger the same Sisyphean cycle of panic and neglect. Even so, that cycle isn’t meant to spin this quickly.
The U.S. is nearing 1 million recorded COVID-19 deaths without the social reckoning that such a tragedy should provoke. Why?
What does society owe immunocompromised people?
Scientists had no idea how an underwater Arctic volcano could sustain so much life. And then they noticed the black tubes.
COVID has pushed one Chicago institution into crisis again and again. The Omicron surge is receding. Now what?
Omicron is pushing hospitals to their limit, but the medical system still has an ethical responsibility to all patients—no matter the choices they make.
Many supposedly “incidental” infections aren’t really incidental, and cannot be dismissed.
Omicron is inundating a health-care system that was already buckling under the cumulative toll of every previous surge.
We’ve been making the same errors for nearly two years now.
Here’s how I thought through the decision.
The new variant poses a far graver threat at the collective level than the individual one—the kind of test that the U.S. has repeatedly failed.
Medical professionals are used to being believed, but as patients, they found that their expertise didn’t matter.
About one in five health-care workers has left their job since the pandemic started. This is their story—and the story of those left behind.
The mass slaughter of whales destroyed far more than the creatures themselves.
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.