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Science & Health

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

The murder spike in big US cities, explained

Should we be testing fewer people to stop the spread of Covid-19?

Scientists have backed away from the worst-case climate scenario — and the best one too

America is now a Covid-19 hot spot

On Mars, an autonomous rover and helicopter will roam free

Microsoft’s astonishing climate change goals, explained

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San Francisco’s lonely war against Covid-19

The city could have crushed the coronavirus. Then Trump got in the way.

NASA’s latest rover is our best chance yet to find life on Mars

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The odd, growing list of Covid-19 symptoms, explained

Surgical gowns cost my hospital 40 cents before the pandemic. Now they’re $9.

How the Navajo Nation slowed one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks in the US

How anti-vaxxers are thinking about a Covid-19 vaccine

More people in the US are hospitalized with Covid-19 than at almost any other time

How the coronavirus outbreak is roiling the film and entertainment industries

It’s time to take UFOs seriously. Seriously.

What to make of Trump’s “new tone” at the Covid-19 briefings

Just 3 states meet these basic criteria to reopen and stay safe

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What scientists are learning about how long Covid-19 immunity lasts

This nurse has traveled from hot spot to hot spot during the Covid-19 pandemic

Nuclear power has been top-down and hierarchical. These women want to change that.

Why more young people are getting sick in the latest Covid-19 outbreaks

Florida now has more Covid-19 cases than any other state. Here’s what went wrong.

Hospitals are running out of staff, supplies, and beds for Covid-19 patients — and this time could be worse

The entire world’s carbon emissions will finally be trackable in real time

The key lesson from school openings abroad: Contain the virus

Covid-19 vaccine trials are showing promising results. A lot can still go wrong.

The growing scientific evidence for masks to fight Covid-19, explained

The other infectious diseases spreading in the shadow of the pandemic

What happens if Covid-19 symptoms don’t go away? Doctors are trying to figure it out.

Many technologies needed to solve the climate crisis are nowhere near ready

How California went from a coronavirus success story to a worrying new hot spot

My patient caught Covid-19 twice. So long to herd immunity hopes?

How to go out and not spread coronavirus this summer

Why extreme heat is so alarming for the fight against Covid-19

Covid-19 testing in the US is abysmal. Again.

I’m an epidemiologist and a dad. Here’s why I think schools should reopen.

Why Arizona is suffering the worst Covid-19 outbreak in the US


Humans are making pandemics more likely

The scariest thing about global warming (and Covid-19)

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8 ways to go out and stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic