As the US Unmasks, the Pressure Is on for Vaccine Passports

A year ago, Americans were confronting the unnerving reality that the Covid pandemic wouldn’t be a shared experience: Disruption and risk would unroll differently depending on where they lived and…

This Evolutionary Gift May Protect Coral From Climate Change

To see what defenses coral have already evolved against warmer waters, Meibom and his colleagues wanted to learn just how much heat the corals and their complex network, called a…

The Drug Trial That Could Actually Produce Covid Treatments

That feels like a good way to deal with the kinds of problems Woodcock and others identified with the drug-trial pipeline. In fact, Woodcock’s FDA this week issued a giant…

The Long, Strange Life of the World’s Oldest Naked Mole Rat

Joe has seen dynasties rise and fall. He and his colony mates have spent their years cleaning the nest, caring for the queen, and guarding against intruders as designated workers…

Climate Change Is Erasing Humanity’s Oldest Art

The limestone caves and rock shelters of Indonesia’s southern Sulawesi island hold the oldest traces of human art and storytelling, dating back more than 40,000 years. Paintings adorn the walls…

A New Math Shortcut Helps Describe Black Hole Collisions

What kinds of situations might create such mergers? Researchers aren’t sure, since this is a newly opening frontier of the universe. But there are a few possibilities. First, astronomers can…

Walden Pond Is Now Teeming With Jellyfish—but Don’t Panic

One 2020 sighting at the pond made it onto the United States Geological Survey’s Nonindigenous Aquatic Species database. Someone apparently spotted the jellies near a sandbar, between 50 and 150…

Vaccine Deals for Countries in Need, a Surge in Japan, and More Coronavirus News

Drugmakers strike new vaccine deals, the EU expands travel policies, and Japan fights a new surge. Here’s what you should know:  Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus…

Brood X Cicadas Are Here! We Got Up Close So You Don’t Have To

From a distance, the trunk of the big maple appears to be plastered with brown leaves, or perhaps a bad case of acne. But get closer and the bumps form…

This Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm Can Twist, Grasp—and Feel

The brain is bidirectional: It takes information in while also sending signals out to the rest of the body, telling it to act. Even a motion that seems as straightforward…