Trump’s Coronavirus ‘Experts’: A Field Guide

Trump’s Coronavirus ‘Experts’: A Field Guide

While millions of Americans may be worried about Donald Trump’s fitness to manage the coronavirus pandemic, the fact is he has spent the past half-century accruing credentials to prepare for this moment: real estate mogul, author, WWE Hall of Famer, steak pitchman, reality TV star, and, now, politician. In fact, his many-thing-ness is one of…

Turns Out, Traffic Spreads Like the Coronavirus

Turns Out, Traffic Spreads Like the Coronavirus

Just as the novel coronavirus has spread from person to person across the world, so too does traffic propagate through highways and city centers like a contagious disease. From a single crash, congestion ripples through a city, and now scientists have the models to prove it. Researchers in Australia, Iran, and the US have modified…

How to Escape From a Sunken Submarine

How to Escape From a Sunken Submarine

Ever since human beings created the first submarines, there have been other, more claustrophobic people who have stared at the devices and thought: “Nope.” For many, the thought of the pipe- and equipment-filled narrow metal confines is enough to trigger a fear of drowning—even when they’re standing on dry land. But everyone who has ever…

One Way to Potentially Track Covid-19? Sewage Surveillance

One Way to Potentially Track Covid-19? Sewage Surveillance

Nasa Sinnott-Armstrong, a graduate student at Stanford, does not have much experience as a sewage courier—normally, they’re busy studying genetics. But as with many of us, the pandemic is upending routines. Since early March, Sinnott-Armstrong has been making the rounds of the Bay Area’s wastewater treatment plants, collecting samples that may offer clues to Covid-19’s…