Featured by Philip Kiefer
A year of pandemic life, as told by the things we Googled
We visualized some of the key trends in Google searches in the past 12 months.
Humans are altering Earth’s tides, and not just through climate change
Shipping is a surprisingly major driver.
A peregrine falcon’s power to migrate may lie in its DNA
Genetics seem to help the world’s most wide-ranging bird of prey fly thousands of miles each year.
Identifying animals in photos is trickier than you might think
Images that supposedly showed the extinct thylacine were actually of a pademelon. But how could you even confuse the two?
Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine just passed the FDA’s final test
The potential third vaccine to hit the US market works a little differently from the rest.
Does a cold winter mean fewer bugs in the summer?
Insects can get killed off by frigid temperatures, but some are hardier than others.
The surprising ways your immune system adapts to the flu virus you got as a kid
Immunity continues to be an incredibly complicated concept.
Storing the Pfizer vaccine could get a lot simpler in coming weeks
The mRNA vaccine can actually be stored at normal freezer temperatures, though the change can’t happen just yet.
Explaining this week’s deadly US cold snap
It’s been a strange and awful week in the South.
Can Louisiana’s COVID surge trace back to one Mardi Gras reveler?
A new preprint study suggests that last year’s Mardi Gras celebrations were responsible for roughly 50,000 COVID-19 cases across the state.