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A new analysis shows that the country is on track to pass spring's grimmest record.
One of the world's most beloved observatories is being demolished before its time.
COVID-19 hospitalizations are now at an all-time high.
As the U.S. heads toward the winter, the country is going round in circles, making the same conceptual errors that have plagued it since spring.
It's not R. But unless you’ve been reading scientific journals, you’re less likely to have encountered k, the measure of the dispersion of the virus.
If the vote is close, Donald Trump could easily throw the election into chaos and subvert the result. Who will stop him?
Why the orange sky looks gray.
Centuries of bias have impeded the advance of human knowledge. As the COVID-19 pandemic makes evident, new threats may emerge suddenly. The world cannot protect itself without the intelligence and skill of half the human race.
A virus has brought the world's most powerful country to its knees.
As campuses reopen without adequate testing, universities fault young people for a lack of personal responsibility.
The portion of the population that needs to get sick is not fixed. We can change it.
Many American public-health specialists are at risk of burning out as the coronavirus surges back.
The U.S. has seen more cases in the past week than in any week since the pandemic began.
163 years of The Atlantic's writing on race and racism in America.
Inside the U.S. and Panama's long-running collaboration to rid an entire continent of a deadly disease.
Anti-stay-at-home protesters aren't the only ones with an argument based on individual rights on their side.
Institutions are letting their financial and reputational worries cloud their judgment about when they can safely reopen.
The urge to reopen society far outpaces scientific discovery. Ten scientists offer a plan to close the gap.
The coronavirus didn't break America. It revealed what was already broken.
The chancellor's rigor in collating information, her honesty in stating what is not yet known, and her composure are paying off.
Public green spaces are good for the immune system and the mind-and they can be rationed to allow for social distancing.
Four ways to help those around you be better informed about the pandemic
We've known about SARS-CoV-2 for only three months, but scientists can make some educated guesses about where it came from and why it's behaving in such an extreme way.
The country is not aiming for 60 percent of the populace to get COVID-19, but you'd be forgiven for thinking so based on how badly the actual plan has been explained.
Social distancing is the only way to stop the coronavirus. We must start immediately.
New diseases are mirrors that reflect how a society works-and where it fails.
Here's what the oft-cited R0 number tells us about the new outbreak-and what it doesn't.
For 50 years, researchers have thought that moths evolved ears to detect the ultrasonic calls of attacking bats - but a new study shows that ears came first.
The pursuit of money from wealthy donors distorts the research process-and yields flashy projects that don't help and don't work.
Humans are now living in a new geological epoch of our own making: the Anthropocene. On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch.