Emotions get better with age

As people grow older, they gain greater control of their feelings. How do they do that — and can they teach young whippersnappers a thing or two?

Tim Vernimmen • knowable
May 5, 2021 ~16 min

A healthy environment as a human right

UN recognition would strengthen legal arguments for preserving nature

Katarina Zimmer • knowable
April 20, 2021 ~12 min

The weird biology of asexual lizards

Some lizard species do without males altogether. Scientists are studying these all-female species to see what they might reveal about the pros and cons of sex.

Geoffrey Giller • knowable
March 23, 2021 ~12 min

How health insurance is faring under Covid

Millions of Americans lost employer-sponsored coverage when Covid-19 disrupted their jobs. Can America come up with a better system?

Lola Butcher • knowable
March 9, 2021 ~13 min

Battling arsenic pollution

Arsenic-poisoned water remains a threat to public health the world over. Scientists hope to change that.

Silke Schmidt • knowable
March 5, 2021 ~14 min

American individualism and our collective crisis

Our national and social identity is deeply rooted in values like freedom, equality and order. A political scientist explores how these ideas have affected the US response to the worsening pandemic.

Anil Ananthaswamy • knowable
Dec. 1, 2020 ~14 min

Pandemic puts all eyes on public health

Covid-19 has exposed the weak spots of the US public health system — and that presents an opportunity, says an epidemiologist, for the nation to recognize the problems and act to fix them

Lola Butcher • knowable
Nov. 17, 2020 ~14 min

How the pandemic could globalize the economy even more — not less

Closed borders, trade conflicts and supply-chain problems raise the specter of nations turning inward and disconnecting from one another. But Princeton’s Harold James thinks Covid-19 may well push us all closer.

Eryn Brown • knowable
Nov. 5, 2020 ~17 min

Fact or fantasy? Tales from the linguistic fringe

Paranormal claims and other pseudoscience often bedevil the study of language

Charles Q. Choi • knowable
Oct. 21, 2020 ~17 min

What legacy lies ahead for Black Lives Matter?

Historically, the road to reform has often begun with protesters taking to the streets. A sociologist and a political scientist take stock of whether today’s activism will lead to actual change.

Anil Ananthaswamy • knowable
Oct. 16, 2020 ~17 min