Studying poverty through a child’s eyes

Research on early-life adversity should pay more attention to the perspective of children themselves

Alla Katsnelson • knowable
Aug. 4, 2021 ~14 min

Building an immune system for the planet could prevent the next pandemic

OPINION: We need a global information network that spans borders so we can spot — and stop — new pathogens before they threaten world health

David Bray • knowable
Aug. 3, 2021 ~8 min

What will history say about Covid? Museums scurry to collect — and prepare to remember.

A worn pair of nurse’s shoes. That coronavirus model Anthony Fauci used in public briefings. Oral histories, iconic photos and social media posts. All of us are curators now, and what we preserve — as well as what we don’t — will write the pandemic story.

Karen Emslie • knowable
July 30, 2021 ~30 min

Foods of abuse? Nutritionists consider food addiction

Cookies, chips, hot dogs and other ultraprocessed fare raise risk of runaway eating

Tom Siegfried • knowable
July 28, 2021 ~11 min

Many mangrove restorations fail. Is there a better way?

These carbon-hoarding, coastline-protecting forests are sponges for greenhouse gases. Doing plantings right and involving local communities are key to saving them.

Katarina Zimmer • knowable
July 22, 2021 ~18 min

What did ancient people eat? Scientists find new clues in old pottery

Remnants of molecules and microbes in shards of cooking pots help researchers reconstruct prehistoric cuisines. On the menu: stews, cheese and fermented drinks.

Carolyn Wilke • knowable
July 21, 2021 ~21 min

Covid cut pollution and got us outside. Let’s keep it up.

OPINION: Urban planners need to find ways to reduce traffic and provide equal access to green spaces 

Ebba Malmqvist • knowable
July 19, 2021 ~7 min

The science of habits

If you’re trying to break a bad habit or start a good one, psychologists have some tips

Stephanie Parker • knowable
July 15, 2021 ~13 min

The story of families, wrested from big data

Records tell the story of the decline of the patriarchy, the rise and fall of marrying young, and pandemic fallout; digitizing the data could reveal even richer tales

Eryn Brown • knowable
July 15, 2021 ~14 min

Demographers tackle Covid-19

What they learn could help steer the future of public health

Eryn Brown • knowable
July 15, 2021 ~7 min