Science, but Faster (Wired)
by Saloni Dattani
Among other less welcome lessons, the COVID-19 pandemic taught us that scientific progress can happen faster than we thought. How can we harness new methods in more ordinary times?
Putting Baseball on TV (The Conversation)
by James Walker
In 1947, when the World Series was televised for the first time, the TVs that showed it were tiny and black-and-white, and—for better or worse—there were no instant replays. Even so, fans were hooked immediately.
Yes, COVID is Still Evolving (NPR)
by Rob Stein
After a time of rapid announcements of new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the Omicron version has dominated for months. But that doesn’t mean the virus isn’t still mutating.
How to End a Nightmare (Smithsonian Magazine)
by Brian Handwerk
For some people, nightmares aren’t an occasional disruption to sleep but a torment that takes a real toll on their lives. Can a new, musical intervention help?
Who’s Black? Who’s Asking? (Public Books)
by Christy Pichichero
In eighteenth-century France, scholars avidly considered questions about people of African descent. Underlying those questions were bigger ones about power and domination.
Got a hot tip about a well-researched story that belongs on this list? Email us here.