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Stories by Steve Mirsky

No, No Nobel: How to Lose the Prize

Physicist Brian Keating talks about his book Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor.

May 19, 2020 — Steve Mirsky

Flat Earthers Are Flat Wrong

Those who doubt the planet is spherical often wind up subscribing to a host of other nonsensical notions

May 17, 2020 — Steve Mirsky

We're Being Tested

President Trump pointed out yesterday that if we didn't do any testing for the virus we would have very few cases, which forces us to confront the issues posed by testing in general.

May 15, 2020 — Steve Mirsky

Why Exercise Is So Good For You

Health journalist Judy Foreman talks about her new book Exercise Is Medicine: How Physical Activity Boosts Health and Slows Aging.

April 24, 2020 — Steve Mirsky

COVID-19: What the Autopsies Reveal

Pathologists are starting to get a closer look at the damage that COVID-19 does to the body by carefully examining the internal organs of people who have died from the novel coronavirus...

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

Jane Goodall: We Can Learn from This Pandemic

In a teleconference promoting her participation in Earth Day events on the National Geographic Channel, Goodall talked about what gives her hope during the pandemic and what she hopes we all learn from it...

April 21, 2020 — Steve Mirsky

COVID-19: The Need for Secure Labs—and Their Risks

Coronavirus research requires high-containment labs. Journalist Elisabeth Eaves talks with Scientific American contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs about her article “The Risks of Building Too Many Bio Labs,” a joint project of the New Yorker and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists ...

April 3, 2020 — W. Wayt Gibbs and 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
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