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How to Read Covid-19 Research (and Actually Understand It)

Confused? Surprised? Wondering where the good parts are? Here are a few tips on reading scientific papers to help those of us following along at home.

Kai-Fu Lee Gives AI a B-Minus Grade in the Covid-19 Fight

Robots and computer programs can help with social distancing and food delivery, but have been less helpful in developing a vaccine.

Global Warming. Inequality. Covid-19. And Al Gore Is ... Optimistic?

As vice president, he looked for big policy answers to hard global problems. Now he says all our crises are speeding us toward real solutions.

This Company Wants to Rewrite the Future of Genetic Disease

Tessera Therapeutics is developing a new class of gene editors capable of precisely plugging in long stretches of DNA—something that Crispr can’t do.

Tech That Could Help Pro Sports Adapt to the Pandemic

As pro leagues return to stadiums, here are a few novel technologies people are exploring as ways to keep fans and players safe.

A Mathematician’s Guide to How Contagion Spreads

Adam Kucharski wrote The Rules of Contagion before Covid-19. He talks about misinformation, bank failures, and coming up with hypotheses during a crisis.

The Epic Siberian Journey to Solve a Mass Extinction Mystery

A quarter-billion years ago, huge volcanic eruptions burned coal, leading to the worst extinction in Earth’s history. Here’s how scientists hunted down the evidence.

The UAE’s First Mars Mission Is a Robo-Meteorologist

The United Arab Emirates is preparing to launch its first Martian satellite, Hope, which will search for clues to the Red Planet’s atmospheric mysteries.

Astronomers Are Uncovering the Magnetic Soul of the Universe

Researchers are discovering that magnetic fields permeate much of the cosmos. If these fields date back to the Big Bang, they could solve a cosmological mystery.

A Bird’s Epic Migration Stuns Scientists and Wins Online Fans

As researchers tracked his flight over 27 countries, a cuckoo became a celebrity and raised questions about how climate change could affect his species’ travel.

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