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COVID, Quickly, Episode 15: Booster Shot Approvals–plus Vaccines for Kids?

Today we bring you a new episode in our podcast series COVID, Quickly. Every two weeks, Scientific American’s senior health editors Tanya Lewis and Josh Fischman catch you up on the…

Fungi Might Have Helped Drag the Planet Out of its ‘Snowball Earth’ Phase

The drop stones in the tropical rocks were among the first clues that something strange once happened to planet Earth. Drop stones are rocks that land on the seabed, sometimes with…

The Blueprints of Health

Medicine accomplished a huge feat at the start of 2020, when researchers produced the first mRNA vaccine to protect humans from SARS-CoV-2 infection. It was certainly not new technology—the vaccine…

Covid-19 news: UK male life expectancy sees first drop in 40 years

By Michael Le Page , Clare Wilson , Jessica Hamzelou , Sam Wong , Graham Lawton , Adam Vaughan , Conrad Quilty-Harper and Layal Liverpool Jacob Wackerhausen/Getty Images Latest coronavirus…

Simple make-up tips can help you avoid face recognition software

By Chris Stokel-Walker A symbolic representation of the power of facial recognition tools Jochen Tack / Alamy Facial recognition algorithms can be foiled by a dab of strategically applied make-up…

Social Security Numbers Aren’t Secure: What Should We Use Instead?

Telecommunications company T-Mobile confirmed last month that hackers gained access to 54 million users’ personal data, including names, addresses, dates of birth and—perhaps worst of all—social security numbers. The latter…

Federal Panel Recommends Booster Shots, Opening New Campaign Against the Virus

An influential scientific panel on Thursday opened a new front in the campaign against the coronavirus, recommending booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine for a wide range of Americans,…

A daily pill to treat Covid could be just months away, scientists say

Within a day of testing positive for Covid-19 in June, Miranda Kelly was sick enough to be scared. At 44, with diabetes and high blood pressure, Kelly, a certified nursing…

Foundation review: Isaac Asimov TV adaptation is imaginative reworking

By Clare Wilson Gaal Dornick (Lou Llobell) in Foundation Apple TV WHAT would happen if we could predict the future? Not by using some kind of magic or clairvoyance, but…

F.D.A. Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shot for Higher-Risk People

WASHINGTON — After weeks of internal strife at the Food and Drug Administration, the agency on Wednesday authorized people over 65 who had received Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine to get a…