A Day in the Life of a COVID-19 Physician

The pandemic challenges a young critical care doctor in ways he could never have imagined | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 14 hours ago

Precision Mobile Testing Is Key to Opening the Economy Safely

Fighting COVID-19 with our antiquated paradigm of centralized health care delivery is like fighting World War III with a musket | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 1 day ago

A Passion for Beetles (and Spiders) in the Time of Coronavirus

Although schools are closed for now, nature is still open for exploration and learning | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 1 day ago

Robert May (1936-2020) and the Future of Scientific Research

He was utterly unpretentious, without guile or dissimulation and candid to the point of tactlessness—qualities in unfortunately short supply today | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 2 days ago

One Key Factor in whether COVID-19 Will Wane This Summer

Seasonal respite from the pandemic will depend on what happens indoors, not just outdoors | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 2 days ago

The Tragedy of the Compost

Most food waste gets thrown into in landfills rather than being recycled—but one abandoned dump is getting a makeover | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 2 days ago

The Special Challenge of Fighting COVID-19 in Africa

Western governments and NGOs are grappling with their own outbreaks, leaving African nations largely on their own | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 3 days ago

Visionary Science Takes More Than Just Technical Skills

The ability to come up with truly revolutionary ideas is crucial—and extremely rare | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 3 days ago

Visionary Science Takes More than Just Technical Skills

The ability to come up with truly revolutionary ideas is crucial—and extremely rare | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 3 days ago

Forced Social Isolation Causes Neural Craving Similar to Hunger

New research highlights the profound effect of severe social isolation on the brain | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 3 days ago

Forced Social Isolation Causes Neural Craving Similar to Hunger

New research highlights the profound effect of severe social isolation on the brain | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 4 days ago

How to Protect Both Wolves and Livestock

New research reveals clear guidance for reducing human-wildlife conflict and restoring wolf populations. | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 4 days ago

Europa: Three More Clues

We have alien worlds right here in our solar system | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 4 days ago

Heritable Traits vs. Inherited Traits

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@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 4 days ago

A Failure of Imagination

Nature does not have to play fair with our puny human brains | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 4 days ago

A Failure of Imagination

Nature does not have to play fair with our puny human brains | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 5 days ago

Diana Davis's Beautiful Pentagons

This mathematician turns her research into fashion and toys | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 5 days ago

Coronavirus Roundup, May 16-May 22

Pandemic news highlights for the week | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 6 days ago

Endangered Species Protections Won't Prevent Another Pandemic

The CITES treaty that regulates trade in international wildlife has little power to prevent the spread of pathogens to humans | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 6 days ago

CITES, the Treaty that Regulates Trade in International Wildlife, Is Not the Answer to Preventing Another Zoonotic Pandemic

It has little power to prevent the spread of pathogens to humans | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 6 days ago

Grief in the Time of COVID-19

We can’t visit the dying in hospitals, and we can’t gather for funerals—but technology can lessen the pain | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 6 days ago

Online COVID-19 Dashboard Calculates How Risky Reopenings and Gatherings Can Be

A new tool gauges the danger that someone may be infected with COVID-19 in different sized groups | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 7 days ago

COVID-19 Threatens Endangered Species in Southeast Asia

The coronavirus has created a survival crisis for rural communities and, consequently, for wildlife | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 7 days ago

One of the World's Most Powerful Scientists Believes in Miracles

NIH Director Francis Collins, winner of 2020 Templeton Prize, answers questions about God, free will, evil, altruism and his Christian faith in a 2006 interview. | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 8 days ago

Hello, I'm Your Doctor. Please Go Home

We need to get patients out of the hospital as quickly as possible if we want them to heal | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 8 days ago

A Tsunami of Dementia Could Be On the Way

The COVID-19 pandemic can damage the aging brain both directly and indirectly | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 9 days ago

COVID-19 Could Permanently Transform Transportation

The drop in CO 2 emissions we’re seeing is temporary—but it shows us what might be possible | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 9 days ago

Introducing the June 2020 Issue

Special report: How the coronavirus pandemic started, where it’s headed, and how scientists are fighting back | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 9 days ago

The Things We've Lost in the Pandemic

Human lives, human touch and direct human interactions are gone—and so is the sense that we can trust our leaders to act quickly and effectively in the face of a catastrophe | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 9 days ago

If We're Not Careful, Tech Could Hurt the Fight Against Covid-19

Here are four questions we need to ask ourselves | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 9 days ago

If We're Not Careful, Tech Could Hurt the Fight against COVID-19

Here are four questions we need to ask ourselves | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 10 days ago

How to Snuff Out the Next Pandemic

High-speed sequencing technology, placed strategically in urban hospitals, could flag a new pathogen before it has a chance to spread widely | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 10 days ago

Immersive Violence

Virtual reality could help domestic batterers identify with victims | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 11 days ago

The Monster That Expands Our Mathematical Imaginations

Ben Orlin shares his favorite fractal curve | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 11 days ago

Finding Inner Harmony: The Underappreciated Legacy of Karen Horney

She believed in the great potential for growth and development | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 12 days ago

Discovering Joyful Math Away from the Classroom

Here are resources for students, parents and other learners | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 12 days ago

East of Siberia: Owls and the Meaning of April

Spring was always the annual end point for my work studying owls in Russia; this year, the coronavirus ensured that the expedition would leave me behind | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 12 days ago

Will the Nature-Nurture Debate Ever End?

Biology writer Carl Zimmer answers questions on heredity, CRISPR, human enhancement, immortality and the coronavirus | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 12 days ago

Coronavirus Roundup for May 9-May 15

Pandemic news highlights for the week | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 13 days ago

Bats Are Not Our Enemies

The viruses they carry spill over into humans mostly when we encroach on their territory or drag them into ours—and bats do great good as well | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 13 days ago

The Surprising Power of Social Outreach

Many of us underestimate how positively others will respond when we try it | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 13 days ago

During COVID-19, Healers Need Healing Too

A physician's suicide reminds us reminds us that the plague of COVID-19 creates deep emotional wounds in health care workers | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 14 days ago

COVID-19 Is Like an X-ray of Society

The disease's unequal impacts on different segments of the population is illuminating longstanding structural injustices | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 14 days ago

The Answer to a COVID-19 Vaccine May Lie in Our Genes, But ...

We shouldn’t risk our genetic privacy to find it | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 15 days ago

Prediction Tools Can Save Lives in the COVID-19 Crisis

Platforms that enable nuanced forms of crowdsourcing are opening a new era in epidemiological forecasting | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 15 days ago

We Need to Rethink Involuntary Hospitalization during This Pandemic

Patients held for psychiatric care are especially vulnerable; we must act now to support them | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 16 days ago

Predicting Mosquito Populations to Keep Diseases in Check

Computer models could warn of upcoming surges, allowing public health officials to take early preventive action | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 16 days ago

We're in the Calm Before a New Storm of Covid-19 Infections and Deaths

They’ve slowed for now, but as we begin to emerge from our homes, we need to brace for a resurgence | Continue reading


@blogs.scientificamerican.com | 17 days ago