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May 27, 2020
Researchers have spent years teaching robots to shake hands—an effort possibly doomed by a global turn against human contact.
The Covid-19 pandemic has upended social norms, especially greetings. In France, the government has warned against cheek kissing. In New Zealand, a Maori tribe has banned the traditional hongi greeting, in which people press their noses together and inhale each other’s breath.
May 27, 2020
The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, has sickened millions of people around the world and upended everyday life in unprecedented ways. A vaccine has the potential to return society to something that resembles normal. Scientists are racing to develop one, but they must first ensure that it is both effective and safe.
April 29, 2020
A guide to making sense of a problem that is now too big for any one person to fully comprehend.
April 17, 2020
When June Almeida peered into her electron microscope in 1964, she saw a round, grey dot covered in tiny spokes. She and her colleagues noted that the pegs formed a halo around the virus—much like the sun’s corona.
March 12, 2020
While the coronavirus outbreak poses health risks for everyone, officials have made clear that the elderly are particularly vulnerable.
February 26, 2020
A few weeks ago, a Philadelphia resident named Marie received a prescription for a new medication, but the drug wasn’t covered by her insurance. “It was way too expensive for me to get on my own,” she says. (Like other consumers we spoke to, she asked us to withhold her last name to preserve her privacy.) “So I reached back out to my doctor. She directed me to GoodRx, and said I’d be able to afford the medicine with one of their coupons.”