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The Case for a Vaccine Manhattan Project

Jake Becraft Forbes
Surveying the pandemic's death toll, those of us tasked with looking to the future are left with a nagging mental puzzle: how do we make sure this never happens again?

AI Tackles Protein Folding (And Wins)

Marc Zimmer The Conversation
I expect AlphaFold2 and its progeny will soon be the methods of choice to determine protein structures before resorting to experimental techniques that require painstaking, laborious work on expensive instrumentation.

New Studies Shed Light on the Origins of Life

Elizabeth Fernandez Forbes
Two studies move us closer to understanding the origins of life on our planet. They may also help with another of the great mysteries of science - helping us to understand where to look for life on other planets.

Secrets of the Y Chromosome

Natalie Angier New York Times
It’s not just what makes males into males. The sex chromosome also influences health in hidden ways, some experts believe, and may even explain why men have shorter life spans.

Gardens of Dust

Alexander Parry Lady Science
Just as household bacteriologists used kitchen experiments to instruct ordinary Americans about germs, so too can we reproduce these experiments to let students discover the complexities of turn-of-the-century germ theory for themselves.
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