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Science & Health

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

There’s a morning-after pill to prevent sexually transmitted infections

How many van Goghs is one Earth worth?

The wasted potential of garbage dumps

The end of a battery’s life matters as much as its beginning

Inside the fantastical, pragmatic quest to make “hybrid” meat

Our buildings are making us sick

The mysterious rise of food allergies

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Leah Utyasheva and Michael Eddleston are saving lives from suicide in the Global South

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Explaining science doesn’t have to be complicated. Just ask Kurzgesagt’s Philipp Dettmer.

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Scientific progress is at risk of slowing down. Saloni Dattani is making sure it doesn’t.

Some people launder money. Other people launder cattle.

The next frontier for climate action is the great indoors

Why OPEC’s cuts shouldn’t have been a surprise — and may not hurt as much as you might think

The best thing you can do to quash a deadly Covid-19 surge this winter

America’s increasingly atrocious access to maternity care, explained in 3 charts

There’s a frightening new report about wildlife declines. But many are getting the story wrong.

Rising rates of syphilis in babies should set off all our alarm bells

These spectacular deep-sea creatures live in a potential mining hot spot

The most annoying barrier to getting your home off fossil fuels

Hurricane Ian’s exceptional death toll, explained

This year’s physics Nobel Prize went to pioneers in quantum tech. Here’s how their work could change the world.

The Supreme Court appears determined to shrink the Clean Water Act

Earth’s future depends on the Amazon. This month, it’s up for a vote.

A better solution to Florida’s hurricane problem

Climate change has come for the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter

Hurricane Ian’s rapid intensification is a sign of the world to come

The Nord Stream pipeline sabotage, explained

Hurricane Ian is about to crash into a very crowded Florida

The Supreme Court case that’s likely to handcuff the Clean Water Act

American trains aren’t great — but you should still take them anyway

The Supreme Court’s new term could be even more consequential than its last one

How a 100-year-old miscalculation drained the Colorado River

Runners can be disqualified for starting after the gun. What gives?

Why all Americans should be paying attention to Puerto Rico’s power grid

How a Category 1 hurricane did so much damage in Puerto Rico

Blowtorching spotted lanternflies is, in fact, a bad idea

The Democratic infighting over Joe Manchin’s “side deal,” explained

How power companies have caused and worsened wildfires

When, why, and how to get a new Covid-19 booster shot

Why are American lives getting shorter?