Coronavirus Patient in California Was Not Tested for Days

A California coronavirus patient had to wait days to be tested because of restrictive federal criteria, despite doctors’ requests. The patient, who has tested positive, may be the first person to be infected through community spread in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. C.D.C. officials said it was possible the patient was exposed to …

The Coronavirus Didn’t Make Me Flee China While 8 Months Pregnant. My Fear Did.

Jasu Hu for BuzzFeed News In the cold night, the man in the white hazmat suit shone a red laser on my forehead. We were clear to go. “辛苦你们了,” I said. You guys are impressive. “没事,” he responded. Not at all. “人民服务,” he added as our car pulled away into darkness. Serve the people. A month into the novel coronavirus …

A Mini Mississippi River May Help Save Louisiana’s Vanishing Coast

HOLDEN, Mass. — We were standing on the levee of the Mississippi River, about an hour west of Boston. Of course, the actual Mississippi River is a half-continent away. We were in fact in a vast, warehouse-size laboratory above a scale model of a bend in the river in Louisiana, painstakingly recreated at 1/65th scale, right down to the simulated …

The CDC Is Warning Businesses And Schools In The US To Start Preparing For Spreading Coronavirus

Federal health officials on Tuesday warned schools and businesses to prepare for a nationwide spread of the novel coronavirus that has killed more than 2,700 people worldwide. “You should ask your children’s schools about their plans for school dismissals or school closures. Ask about plans for teleschool,” Nancy Messonnier, a CDC director, said during a press briefing on Tuesday. “I …

Earth’s Deepest River Conceals an Evolutionary Mystery

In 2007, fishermen living along the lower Congo, the deepest river on Earth, brought Melanie Stiassny a fish. It was six inches long, ghostly white and eyeless. Like most fish held out of water, it was dying. What surprised her was what was killing it. “There were nitrogen bubbles forming under its skin and gills,” said Dr. Stiassny, an ichthyologist …

Katherine Johnson Dies at 101; Mathematician Broke Barriers at NASA

Two years earlier, ruling in the civil-rights case Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada, the United States Supreme Court held that where comparable graduate programs did not exist at black universities in Missouri, the state was obliged to admit black graduate students to its white state universities. In the wake of that decision, West Virginia’s governor, Homer Holt, chose to …

Knitters Chronicle Climate Change One Stitch at a Time

In January 2017, days after President Trump moved into the White House, Justin Connelly was at his home in Anacortes, Wash., bemoaning the fate of scientists. In speeches, the president called global warning a hoax. He vowed to disband the Environmental Protection Agency and withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Worse, Mr. Connelly feared the Trump administration would purge climate …

MeTooSTEM Is In Turmoil After More Leaders Resign

MeTooSTEM, a nonprofit founded to support survivors of sexual harassment and assault in science and to hold perpetrators and institutions accountable, has reached a crisis point. Two individuals on the group’s three-person leadership team have resigned, a week after one of them wrote to the group’s governing board calling for MeTooSTEM’s controversial founder, BethAnn McLaughlin, to step down. The two …