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    It’s the End of the World and This Physicist Feels Fine

    I promise I have no intention to propose a quantum-model for disease spread, but like everyone...

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    Let’s Talk About Our Health Anxiety Over COVID-19

    The hint of a headache at your temples, an itch at the back of your throat,...

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    Pandemics Are the Dark Side of Global Mobility

    This article from our 2013 issue, “In Transit,” offers a timely look at how an animal...

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    How COVID-19 Picks on the Weakened

    Celebrated playwright Terrence McNally passed away on March 24. As told to The New York Times...

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    Be Wary of a Model That Shows a Decline in COVID-19 Deaths

     We have no idea what will happen if, for example, New York runs out of ventilators...

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    The Pandemic Can’t Lock Down Nature

    The nonhuman world is free of charge; sunlight is a disinfectant, physical distance easily maintained, and...

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    What if Another Crisis Strikes During This Pandemic?

    Parts of the world might have shut down, but nature never does. Even while people stay...

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    A Doctor Puts Telemedicine to the Test During COVID-19

    It was the first day after the San Francisco Bay Area declared that residents shelter in...

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    Only Disconnect! A Pandemic Reading of E.M. Forster

    Chances are, you’re hunkered down at home right now, as I am, worried about COVID-19 and...

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    How Genetic Mutations Turned the Coronavirus Deadly

    Long before the first reports of a new flu-like illness in China’s Hubei province, a bat—or...

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    A Warning from History About Simultaneous Disasters

    If an earthquake now hits India or Iran, like in 2001 and 2003, respectively, killing over...

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    Let’s Aim for Physical Rather Than Social Distancing

    Isolation can be toxic. Let’s reduce physical distance while staying connected.Illustration by Tartila / ShutterstockAmid all...

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    Will We Have a COVID-19 Vaccine Before 2021?

    The time it took Moderna Therapeutics to develop and prepare a vaccine for the novel coronavirus...

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    Why I Built a Dumb Cell Phone with a Rotary Dial

    In 2007, when touchscreens first started coming on the scene, I was excited, like everyone. As...

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    To Beat COVID-19, Think Like a Fighter Pilot

    Colonel John Boyd was a legendary fighter pilot with the United States Air Force. As an...

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    The Good and Bad News from a Coronavirus Pandemic Model

    How many people could die from a novel coronavirus infection? Of course, no one knows. But...

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    The Pandemic Is Showing Us How to Live with Uncertainty

    During the Spanish flu of 1918, it was Vick’s VapoRub. During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis,...

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    The Pandemic Is Showing Us How to Live with Uncertainty

    What is certain is that if, when the dust settles, we can look back at all...