Unvaccinated people are donating their bodies to the virus, allowing it to conduct gain-of-function experiments

Imagine for a moment that you’re a virus. Your mission is to find a host that you can invade and convert into a virus production facility. By stealing the host’s resources, you rapidly produce countless numbers of new viruses that your host will then spread to other victims. And today…

Psychological tools from the ancient Stoics can help you endure the pandemic

You’re about to sit down to your sixth virtual meeting of the day when your toddler strolls into your makeshift home office. As you call to your partner for help, your son spills his juice all over your…

A scientist discusses Toxoplasma — a possible cause for the bizarre behaviors

The following article contains minor spoilers for the Netflix docuseries Tiger King.

“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is a docuseries on Netflix that is taking the (currently house-bound) world by storm. The story lifts the veil on the surprisingly nefarious world of collecting and exhibiting big cats, such as…

A close look at why this old malaria drug could be promising for Covid-19

As Covid-19 ravages the world, scientists are desperately trying to develop a medication to stop the virus (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2). Dozens of drugs and vaccine candidates are in various stages of development and testing. …

1. STAY CALM. For MOST healthy kids and adults, infection with COVID-19 will produce mild to moderate flu-like symptoms (key symptoms are fever, cough, difficulty breathing, aches). There is no treatment at present, but with rest and plenty of fluids, most people seem to recover without incident.


Marching Forward: Finding Meaning to Life in the Face of Death

A philosopher with brain cancer and a scientist who studies brain parasites walk into a coffee shop and try to figure out the meaning of it all.

By Adam Hayden and Bill Sullivan

The alarm goes off, and Adam…

Bill Sullivan Jr

Bill Sullivan is the author of “Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are” (National Geographic Books).

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