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Here’s one solution from a tired teacher

I tell one student to put their phone away. I tell another who has his head down to wake up. On the computer, I have to specify I’m talking to one student instead of another, but of whom look up when I say their similar-sounding names. The wi-fi drops and…

‘Vaccine hunters are the result of short supply, disorganization, inadequate sign-up systems, dire circumstances, and crowded hospitals’

In a Facebook group called Minneapolis Vaccine Hunters, a member recently shared a flyer announcing that a local shelter for people experiencing homelessness would be hosting Covid-19 vaccinations on February 11 — no appointment necessary. …

‘Just as we had to shrink our lives by living inside, we also need to expand how we define public education.’

This op-ed was written by Rory Selinger, a 14-year-old high school student in New York State.

There are many things I miss about my pre-pandemic life. Attending school in person is not one of them.

I’m a very motivated high school student. I like school. But switching to online learning…

Adoption’s been slow — but stay tuned

By Sara Harrison

Contact tracing — monitoring who’s getting COVID-19 and tracking down anyone who might have been in contact with that person so they can quarantine — has long been considered a key to slowing and eventually ending the pandemic.

Health departments around the country (and world) have been…

Letter From the Editor

A lesson in temperature checks and data deletion

On Sunday, a man at the Apple Store pointed a temperature scanner at my forehead and pressed a button. It made me think of a tired grocer grabbing shrink-wrapped Tyson chicken from the conveyor belt and registering its bar code.

My number came up — 97.5, a bit lower than…

The discovery of a chemical compound with antibiotic properties is a helpful case study in the potential — and limits — of using A.I. to develop new treatments

In late February, a paper appeared in the journal Cell with encouraging news regarding one of the world’s most persistent public health problems. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University had used artificial intelligence to identify a chemical compound with powerful antibiotic properties against some of the world’s…

From here on out, security may involve a thermometer

Last week, I dropped by my recently reopened gym to restart my lapsed membership. As soon as I walked in the door, a woman pointed an infrared thermometer at my forehead.

I was instantly anxious — not because I felt sick or thought I had a fever but because it…

But for many, these groups are their only link to others who have had the virus

Mike Cherim has never had Covid-19 himself. No one in his inner circle of family and friends has come down with the virus. …

And what everyone else can learn from it

On June 18, the British government suddenly abandoned development of its contact tracing app, which was intended to tell people if they had come into close proximity with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. It worked 4% of the time.

That completely unacceptable result came from poor decisions based on…

The more complicated and efficient a system gets, the more likely it is to collapse altogether

Human history is a long saga of people learning to harness ever-increasing amounts of energy to maintain ever more complex, ordered systems, punctuated by periodic collapses. …


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