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Covid-19 Flares Up in America's Polluted ‘Sacrifice Zones’

Researchers find that areas with high levels of airborne dust or toxic chemicals also have more deaths from the coronavirus.

How to Watch SpaceX Launch Astronauts to the ISS

The occasion will mark the first time a private company blasts NASA astronauts into space. Here's everything you need to know.

Meet This Museum's All-Star Arachnids and Insects

Camel spiders and giant hornets and shimmering butterflies, oh my. An arachnologist gives a behind-the-scenes tour at the California...

What It’s Like to Be First to Fly a Brand New Spacecraft

Robert Crippen is the only living NASA astronaut to have flown on a new spacecraft for the first time. The Crew Dragon flyers will...

Covid-19 Makes the Case for More Meatpacking Robots

The coronavirus has hit meat processing plants hard. But not in Denmark, where automation makes for safer slaughterhouses.

A Grad Student Solved the Epic Conway Knot Problem—in a...

Lisa Piccirillo encountered the more than 50-year-old question by chance at a conference. Her solution relies on a classical tool...

Space Photos of the Week: Keeping an Eye on Jupiter's Storms

NASA's Juno orbiter, along with its Hubble and Gemini telescopes, will help scientists better understand the planet's atmosphere.

Covid-19 Is Sweeping Through the Navajo Nation

The pandemic has taken an acute toll on tribal nations that are also struggling with a lack of running water, sparse internet, and...

What’s Up With the Funny-Looking Moons in ‘Onward’?

Yes, I know this is a fantasy movie. That shouldn’t stop us from thinking about the real causes of lunar phases.

The Promise of Antibody Treatments for Covid-19

As scientists race to create a vaccine, a parallel quest to engineer effective antibody treatments for the coronavirus is vital, too—and...