Can ranked-choice voting heal our poisoned politics?

The electoral reform also known as instant-runoff voting promises bridge-building and broad appeal instead of culture war and gridlock

M. Mitchell Waldrop • knowable
Sept. 24, 2021 ~18 min

The two sides of envy at work

When workers feel envious of their peers, it can undermine collaborations — or inspire them to do better on the job. Can organizations harness the green gremlin to boost productivity?

Lesley Evans Ogden • knowable
Sept. 11, 2021 ~13 min

Why don’t kids tend to get as sick from Covid-19?

Some children have been hospitalized and some have died, but at a tiny fraction of the adult rate. As children head back to school, scientists are hoping that research will provide answers.

Sara Reardon • knowable
Sept. 2, 2021 ~15 min

Can statistics help crack the mysterious Voynich manuscript?

The meaning of the cryptic text has eluded scholars for centuries. Their latest efforts include computational analyses seeking new insights into the medieval enigma.

Greg Miller • knowable
Aug. 20, 2021 ~13 min

Speaking in whistles

Dozens of traditional cultures use a whistled form of their native language for long-distance communication. You could, too.

Bob Holmes • knowable
Aug. 16, 2021 ~12 min

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

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