What’s the Point of Wasps, Anyway?

A new study says the reviled stinging insects play a critical ecological role—and their venom might even be useful to people.This story originally appeared on The Guardian and is part...

Pfizer's FDA Request, Vaccine Diplomacy, and More News

Catch up on the most important updates from this week.Pfizer seeks full FDA approval, the US supports waiving IP protections for vaccines, and people in India struggle to get the aid...

The Statistical Secrets of Covid-19 Vaccines

They’re really very good, and they’re the only way out of the pandemic. But a tour through the numbers could bring the vaccine-hesitant into the tent.The creation and distribution of vaccines...

35 Years Later, Studies Show a Silver Lining From Chernobyl

One new study found that radiation exposure didn't genetically harm future generations, while another offers insights into how radiation causes thyroid cancer. On this day in 1986, workers ran a safety test...

The Race to Save St. Mark’s Basilica From Salty Floodwaters

As Venice faces a 4-foot sea level rise, the historic cathedral—and its marble—could succumb to damaging tides. This story originally appeared on Atlas Obscura and is part of the Climate Desk...

Melting Mountain Glaciers May Not Survive the Century

Scientists crunched 20 years’ worth of satellite data to estimate the melt rate across the planet, and the news isn’t good. If you haven’t hiked across a glacier yet, you might want...

‘Blue Carbon’ Credits Could Help Restore Ecosystems

Seagrasses, mangrove forests, and wetlands store tons of carbon. But can a market based on regrowing them avoid the pitfalls that plague land-based programs? This story originally appeared on Yale Environment...

Covid Lockdowns Prevented Other Infections. Is That Good?

The “hygiene hypothesis” says early contact with microbes trains our immune systems. But what happens after a year of distancing? Buried within the bleak news about the Covid-19 pandemic have been some...

Arkansas Republicans Who Pushed Anti-Trans Bill Pass a Bill to Teach Creationism

The right's anti-trans push and the move to return creationism to the classroom emphasizes an anti-science connection.

New Travel Guidelines, Real-World Vaccine Efficacy, and More

Catch up on the most important updates from this week. The efficacy of vaccines in the real world, updated travel guidelines for the inoculated, and yet another rise in cases worldwide. Here’s...

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