The Case for Reopening Schools

Schools are reopening in countries around the world in response to a substantial body of evidence that children are largely unaffected by Covid-19 and minimally contagious when they get infected. Experts and policymakers abroad also…

Wildfires Already Threaten the West. Then Came Covid-19

Controlled burns in the spring are essential for keeping that from happening again. And indeed the California government declared controlled burns an essential duty during the pandemic, so Cal Fire could lessen the chances of…

Schools Out—but on Minecraft, Graduation Day Goes On

Unlike a handful of Legos, though, Minecraft is a powerful online social platform. In multiplayer mode, players can invite friends to romp around their conjured-up virtual realms alongside them. Made by Swedish developer Mojang and…

Todays Cartoon: Meeting Backdrop

Monday, May 11, 2020. By Shannon Wheeler, with cartooncollections.com. Zoom is the new office. Follow these tips to become a videoconferencing power user. Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science…

Infrared Cameras Can Spot a Fever, but May…

Hildegarde Schell-Chaple, a professor of nursing in charge of screening people entering UCSF’s hospitals, says the available evidence revealed the time and expense of screening with infrared thermometers or cameras was unjustified. “People feel better…