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Science & Health

News and updates from the health and science team. Topics include genetics, infectious disease, psychology, and more.

It’s time to stop describing lifesaving health care as “elective”

Dirty air can be deadly. Here’s how to protect yourself.

The dubious rise of ivermectin as a Covid-19 treatment, explained

Wildfires in Australia caused an explosion of sea life thousands of miles away

How bad will climate change get?

America needs to decide how much Covid-19 risk it will tolerate

What an enormous global study can tell us about feeling better during the pandemic

One of the worst public health dangers of the past century has finally been eradicated 

What’s causing California’s unprecedented wildfires

How to think about hurricane recovery, according to 3 experts

Why Hurricane Ida has been so devastating to the Gulf Coast

Should vaccinated people worry about long Covid?

What do hurricane categories mean?

Hurricane Ida could ravage the Covid-strained Gulf Coast

The lab leak hypothesis — true or not — should teach us a lesson

How a cheap antidepressant emerged as a promising Covid-19 treatment

What full FDA approval for Covid-19 vaccines really means

What we actually know about the vaccines and the delta variant

Solar farms are often bad for biodiversity — but they don’t have to be

Astronomers were skeptical about dark matter — until Vera Rubin came along

Why it’s so hard to be a nurse in America, according to two nurses

We have to accept some risk of Covid-19

It’s time to freak out about methane emissions

Climate change worsens extreme weather. A revolution in science proved it.

What it feels like to get Covid-19 after being vaccinated

The case against the concept of biodiversity

Streaming space tourism is the new reality TV

America isn’t taking care of caregivers

48 million people provide unpaid care to their loved ones in the US. Here’s how to help them.

New York City issues vaccine mandate for indoor activities, confuses entire country

Breakthrough cases aren’t the cause of the US Covid-19 surge

How much worse can the coronavirus get?

For hackers, space is the final frontier

Don’t dwell on the US life expectancy drop. Worry about the long-term trend.

Mandate the vaccine, not masks

Our bodies can adapt to hotter conditions — but there’s a limit

6 questions to consider before launching yourself into space

Does Congress know what it would take to stop the next pandemic?

Did the Covid-19 Olympics have to be a mess?

The opioid epidemic isn’t unsolvable

Welcome to the age of billionaire joyrides to space