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Stories by W. Wayt Gibbs

Bread Science: A Yeasty Conversation

“Baking is applied microbiology,” according to the book Modernist Bread . During pandemic lockdowns, many people started baking their own bread. Scientific American contributing editor W...

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Ethics: Who Gets It First and Other Issues

Contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs spoke with Arthur Caplan, head of the NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s division of medical ethics, about some of the ethical issues that researchers have to consider in testing and distributing vaccines against COVID-19...

August 6, 2020 — W. Wayt Gibbs, Scott Hershberger and Steve Mirsky

Where Is Everybody Else in the Universe?

Guest host W. Wayt Gibbs talks with Jason Wright, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds, about what’s known as the Fermi paradox: In a universe of trillions of planets, where is everybody?...

April 27, 2020 — W. Wayt Gibbs

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

Waiter, What’s This Worm Doing in My Sushi?

Well, it’s probably there because the odds on its presence have gone way up in the past 40 years. But such parasites are still much more of a health problem for whales and dolphins than they are for us...

April 10, 2020 — W. Wayt Gibbs

Coronavirus Can Infect Cats

Tigers and lions at the Bronx Zoo have tested positive for the virus, and studies show that house cats—but apparently not dogs—can become infected.

April 6, 2020 — W. Wayt Gibbs

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

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

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

What Ails the Human Race?

A global effort to develop the most comprehensive picture of the world's health started with the curiosity of a young boy in Niger

July 20, 2016 — W. Wayt Gibbs

The Quasar with 2 Black Hearts

Astronomers have discovered two supermassive black holes locked in a whirling dance at the center of the nearest quasar galaxy

January 17, 2016 — W. Wayt Gibbs
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