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Science & Health

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

The fate of the planet will be negotiated in Glasgow

The animals that may exist in a million years, imagined by biologists

The myth of the climate moderate

Startups are betting on a psychedelic gold rush

Why Merck’s Covid-19 pill molnupiravir could be so important

A better way to legalize marijuana

The US is closer than ever before to making major progress on the climate crisis

How the risk of Covid-19 for kids compares to other dangers

The WHO approval of the first malaria vaccine is a big deal

Our amazing sense of touch, explained by a Nobel laureate

How the Nobel Prizes skew science

Why the Huntington Beach oil spill is so harmful to wildlife

Earth’s climate is chaotic. The winners of the 2021 Nobel Prize in physics found patterns in the noise.

The status games we all play

Kilauea is erupting in Hawaii. Here are 7 things to know about volcanoes.

An “attack on American cities” is freezing climate action in its tracks

How telescopes make the universe self-aware

Why you’re not getting a delta-specific booster yet

Healing, a saga

We can’t just run away from wildfires

Florida’s mysterious Covid-19 surge

The largest space telescope in history is about to blow our minds

The surprising downsides to planting trillions of trees

The fall equinox is Wednesday. Here are 8 things to know about the first day of autumn.

SpaceX’s latest mission was an infomercial (for charity)

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

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