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What the latest Covid-19 variants and subvariants mean for the pandemic

The omicron variant of Covid-19 has branched out into more transmissible and evasive versions.

America’s gun problem, explained

The public and research support gun control. Here’s how it could help — and why it doesn’t pass.

Florida’s social media free speech law has been blocked for likely violating free speech laws

The Florida law prevented certain platforms from banning political candidates.

2 losers and 1 winner from the Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas primaries

The primaries this week underscored the limitations of Trump’s endorsement.

The eel-shaped parasite that threatens big fish and business in the Great Lakes

More than a century after they arrived, invasive sea lampreys still threaten the Great Lakes’ $7 billion fishing economy.

Quantum computers could change the world — provided they can work

Qubits, decoherence, and superposition: a guide to the weird and revolutionary world of quantum computers.

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Why the internet hates Amber Heard

It’s not just Johnny Depp’s fans — it’s Amber Heard’s anti-fans, too. The Atlantic's Kaitlyn Tiffany explains the Depp-ressing social media hate campaign.

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