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Stories by Steve Mirsky

Exponential Infection Increases Are Deadly Serious

Listen in as I use two calculators to track the difference in numbers of infections over a short period of time, depending on how many people each infected individual infects on average...

March 24, 2020 — Steve Mirsky

COVID-19: Predicting the Path and Analyzing Immunity

Scientific American contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs continues to report on the coronavirus outbreak from his home in Kirkland, Wash., site of the first U.S. cases. In this installment, he talks with researchers about what their models show for the future of the pandemic and on research to create tests to see who has developed immunity...

March 24, 2020 — W. Wayt Gibbs and Steve Mirsky

COVID-19: How and Why the Virus Spreads Quickly

Scientific American contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs reports from the original U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak: Kirkland, Wash. In this installment of our ongoing series, he talks with researchers about the properties of the virus and why it spreads so quickly...

March 23, 2020 — W. Wayt Gibbs and Steve Mirsky

COVID-19: Dealing with Social Distancing

Judy Moskowitz, a professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University, talks about ways to cope during this time of missing out on our usual diet of social interactions.

March 16, 2020 — Steve Mirsky

Coronavirus Hot Zone: Research and Responses in the U.S. Epicenter

Scientific American contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs reports from the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak: Kirkland, Wash. In this installment of our ongoing series, he talks with researchers about the efforts to create vaccines and treatments and the challenges the outbreak poses to cancer patients and others who are immunocompromised...

March 14, 2020 — W. Wayt Gibbs and Steve Mirsky

Coronavirus Hot Zone: The View from the U.S. Epicenter

Scientific American contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs reports from the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak: Kirkland, Wash. In this first installment of an ongoing series, he looks at why children seem to weather this disease better than adults and the complicated issue of shuttering schools...

March 10, 2020 — W. Wayt Gibbs and Steve Mirsky

The New Cosmos: A Conversation with Ann Druyan

Emmy and Peabody Award–winning science writer, producer and director Ann Druyan talks about Cosmos: Possible Worlds, the next installment of the Cosmos series.

March 8, 2020 — Lee Billings and Steve Mirsky

Advancing Efforts in Disease Interception

Ben Wiegand, global head of the World without Disease Accelerator at Janssen, the Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, talks about efforts to prevent a disease or to identify it in its earliest stages for more effective treatments...

February 27, 2020 — Steve Mirsky

Kirk, Spock and Darwin

Duke University evolutionary biologist Mohamed A. F. Noor talks about his book Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us about Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds ...

February 12, 2020 — Steve Mirsky

How to Make a Mass Extinction

Journalist and author Peter Brannen talks about his book The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions ...

January 30, 2020 — Steve Mirsky
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