Why Life During a Pandemic Feels So Surreal

Maybe it was when you were standing in line at the grocery store—not at the checkout stand, but in front of the grocery store, neatly arranged 6 feet apart from your fellow shoppers. Maybe it was when you visited your grandma at the nursing home but had to stand...

An ER Doctor Describes What It’s Like to Treat Covid-19

The coronavirus has landed, hard, in American emergency rooms. Hospitals in some areas are overwhelmed with critically ill Covid-19 patients, as the patient surge that epidemiologists warned us about is beginning.Now it’s on doctors and nurses in emergency rooms...

The Heady, Intricate Beauty of Watching Whiskey Evaporate

If you’ve got a tiny bit of whiskey, though, and you let it dry out, the water-hating chemical compounds form a skin, or monolayer. “Then as it evaporates, the surface area will crumble and buckle,” Williams says, and a web pattern emerges.Four Roses materializes a...

The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For

We humans weren’t ready for the novel coronavirus—and neither were the machines. The pandemic has come at an awkward time, technologically speaking. Ever more sophisticated robots and AI are augmenting human workers, rather than replacing them entirely. While it would...