The Big Dipper’s bowl and part of the handle photographed from the International Space Station.

The death and resurrection of awe

The death of awe was a necessary loss, collateral damage in the quest for realism as a personal, internalized brand.

When I found the clothing planted in the bottom drawer of my dorm room bureau, I knew instantly why it was there, who put…


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We already have enough scores that we don’t use for social benefit. Why introduce yet another one?

Intelligence is complicated. Some portion of intelligence as we currently define and measure it is probably attributable to genetics, but that proportion is in turn fractured into many, many genetic variants scattered across…


Families planning spring and summer travel can take steps to reduce risk, even though children can’t yet be vaccinated

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As the U.S. vaccine rollout continues its slow march across the country, spring follows in its wake. That means parents are facing the arrival of spring break and, quick on its heels, the advent of summer. …


Hospitalized children with the inflammatory syndrome linked to Covid-19 have increased risk for acute kidney injury

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For a while, early on in the pandemic, the world sighed with some relief at the apparent low risk the SARS-CoV-2 virus held for children. That sigh turned to an intake of breath with reports of a new syndrome emerging in children, apparently associated with the virus and often coming…


Harvard panelists discuss what’s next for the country and the coronavirus

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On March 6, 2020, a panel convened at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where experts discussed their informed gut feelings about the likely course of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. …


Pandemic Reflections

How the pandemic made time a treasure of the privileged while it was stolen from everyone else

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The day we began sheltering in place, a year ago on March 13, we celebrated a family birthday. It was the first of five we would share in the coming year, in the same place, in what felt like the same eternal moment, because we’d lost all sense of time…


Enlarged nodes in an armpit may be a side effect of Covid-19 vaccination

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For those of us with breast tissue, the discovery of a lump in an armpit tends to immediately raise the specter of cancer. These lumps often occur at lymph nodes, which are debris traps for lymph fluid draining from the breast and all of the things lymph carries with it…


For social distancing and vaccination measures, the guidance is still to ‘stay the course‘

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The term “California variant” refers to a version of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that emerged last year with three new mutations compared with its parent strain, but this variant is really a global traveler. It earned its name when it cropped up in Southern California in July 2020. By November 2020…

Emily Willingham

Emily Willingham is a journalist. Her book, Phallacy: Life Lessons from the Animal Penis, published in 2020. Her book, The Tailored Brain, comes out in 2021.

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