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Why Is The Sun’s Corona Hotter Than Its Surface?
Scientists hope the Parker Solar Probe will help them find the answer—and not burn up in the process.
In New York, Essential Workers Face Eviction
A recent analysis of court data shows that Black and Latino neighborhoods hardest hit by coronavirus are also facing more evictions.
Some People Had COVID-19 For So Long That It Mutated Inside Them
Small numbers of patients seem to be incubators for coronavirus mutation. What does this mean for our efforts to fight the virus?
Two Masks Are Better Than One
As coronavirus variants spread, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now recommending wearing two masks at once.
February 12, 2021
The Human Genome Project is 20 years old. What lessons have we learned from it? Plus, the CDC now recommends double-masking as a highly effective method at stopping coronavirus spread. And Science Friday’s Science Diction podcast launches its third season.
February 5, 2021
Vaccines are being tested against new variants of the coronavirus. Here’s what the latest data are telling us. Plus, ancient cities like Cahokia and Angkor give a new perspective on the rise and fall of urban centers.
January 8, 2020
What the latest coronavirus variants might mean to efforts to control the pandemic. Plus, researchers are exploring whether reversing changes to gene expression in aging cells can reprogram them to a younger state.
The New Biden Administration Plans For COVID-19
Less than a week after it became clear he was president-elect, Joe Biden has named the members of a coronavirus task force.
November 13, 2020
Less than a week after it became clear he was president-elect, Joe Biden has named the members of a coronavirus task force. Plus, Pfizer’s vaccine candidate passes an important test. But there are many questions left to answer. And dog DNA tests have become a popular quarantine pastime.