Ricketts: Racists Thought He was Racist

Ricketts: Racists Thought He was Racist

In a timely essay, Wendell Ricketts gives us the backstory on a scientist best known for a five-volume illustrated series on fossils published in the 1830s and 1840s. In “Louis Agassiz: A Wider context for a Scientific Legacy,” Wendell writes that Agassiz was a...
Gaines, Wilcox: Llamas, Poop, and COVID

Gaines, Wilcox: Llamas, Poop, and COVID

Got COVID-19 questions? SciShow videos have answers. Christie Wilcox and James Gaines were part of the team that found fun, informative ways to explain how to track SARS-CoV-2 in sewage and how llamas might be the key to treating COVID-19. Christie, James, and the...
Weinberger: Corona-camping

Weinberger: Corona-camping

We can now camp in some areas in Washington, Hannah Weinberger writes for Crosscut…But do we want to? Hannah interviews people who have taken overnight wilderness trips recently about their preparations and their experiences. Especially helpful is Hannah’s four tips...
Ostrander: Tunnel Vision

Ostrander: Tunnel Vision

What’s a permafrost tunnel? To find out, follow Madeline Ostrander as she enters one of only two in the world. Madeline (@madelinevo) reports for Undark from the underground science lab dug into frozen earth, just north of Fairbanks, Alaska. In some places, the tunnel...
Eaves: New Pathogens, More Labs

Eaves: New Pathogens, More Labs

For the New Yorker, Elizabeth Eaves reports on a risky decision: relocating a major high-containment government biosafety lab from an isolated island to the middle of Kansas. We’re building more labs to study new pathogens, writes Elisabeth in the piece produced with...
Yan: Superpoplars

Yan: Superpoplars

For the New York Times, Wudan Yan reports on an unusual way to clean up a Superfund site contaminated with carcinogens: Phytoremediation with microbiome-boosted trees. Wudan (@wudanyan) talks with a University of Washington plant microbiologist who discovered the set...