How to help Covid-19 long-haulers

OPINION: Patients with lingering symptoms need access to specialized clinics — and so much more

Syra Madad • knowable
Jan. 18, 2021 ~7 min

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Memory, the mystery

PODCAST: Just in the past half-century, our understanding of how exactly our brains remember has taken huge leaps. Amazingly, this is just the beginning.

Adam Levy • knowable
Jan. 14, 2021 ~21 min

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Don’t abandon paid sick leave. It’s a cost-effective tool against Covid-19.

OPINION: Requiring companies to give unwell workers compensated time off isn’t a burden. It’s smart public health policy that reduces the spread of disease.

Adam Levy • knowable
Jan. 14, 2021 ~5 min

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The dazzling history of solar power

PODCAST: Once fringe and futuristic, this renewable energy shines brightly today as a cheap and efficient source of energy. Still, it remains controversial — for much different reasons.

Adam Levy • knowable
Jan. 13, 2021 ~16 min

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The heart of invention

PODCAST: Replacing or assisting the human heart with a machine would save countless lives. But the quest to build an artificial heart has had many gruesome missteps and caused researchers to reimagine how to keep our blood flowing.

Adam Levy • knowable
Jan. 12, 2021 ~24 min

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How black holes morphed from theory to reality

PODCAST: Physicists were mostly skeptical back when the idea of them emerged a century ago from Einstein’s work. The evolution of the evidence, from circumstantial to conclusive, is the quintessential story of science.

Adam Levy • knowable
Jan. 11, 2021 ~22 min

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A winter of despair for homeless families

OPINION: In the absence of much-needed measures, the pandemic will make the cold days harder and more perilous among our most vulnerable population

Ellen Bassuk • knowable
Jan. 7, 2021 ~7 min

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Dung beetles: In the gutter, gazing at the stars

As they craft their humble lives from piles of manure, the insects look to the skies for direction

Charles Q. Choi • knowable
Dec. 22, 2020 ~13 min

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Marvelous misunderstood mistletoe

Best known as a holiday trimming, the parasitic plant is a botanical luminary in its own right. Research suggests it may give as much as it receives from the flora and fauna around it.

Rachel Ehrenberg • knowable
Dec. 18, 2020 ~13 min


How to rebuild California forests, with climate in mind

After the catastrophic fires of the past decade, land managers may need to reseed vast acreages. Can they buffer against climate change in the process?

Ula Chrobak • knowable
Dec. 16, 2020 ~20 min