The mathematical strategy that could transform coronavirus testing
Four charts show how pooling samples from many people can save time or resources.
Pandemic speeds largest test yet of universal basic income
Economists welcome the chance to see whether giving people cash to spend however they choose improves livelihoods.
Countdown to Mars: three daring missions take aim at the red planet
The United States, China and the United Arab Emirates will soon launch missions to a notoriously dangerous destination for spacecraft.
A guide to R — the pandemic’s misunderstood metric
What the reproduction number can and can’t tell us about managing COVID-19.
CRISPR gene editing in human embryos wreaks chromosomal mayhem
Three studies showing large DNA deletions and reshuffling heighten safety concerns about heritable genome editing.
Neutrinos reveal final secret of Sun’s nuclear fusion
Detection of particles produced by the Sun’s core supports long-held theory about how our star is powered.
Mini organs reveal how the coronavirus ravages the body
The virus can damage lung, liver and kidney tissue grown in the lab, which might explain some severe COVID-19 complications in people.
How Facebook, Twitter and other data troves are revolutionizing social science
A new breed of researcher is turning to computation to understand society — and then change it.
How STRANGE are your study animals?
A new framework for animal-behaviour research will help to avoid sampling bias — ten years on from the call to widen the pool of human participants in psychology studies beyond the WEIRD.
Pluto probe offers eye-popping view of neighbouring star Proxima Centauri
NASA’s New Horizons mission measures the distances of two stars from the outer reaches of the Solar System.