The Promise of Antibody Treatments for Covid-19


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As scientists race to create a vaccine, a parallel quest to engineer effective antibody treatments for the coronavirus is vital, too—and may provide relief sooner.

Spaceship Earth and the Value of Utopian Thinking


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The Biosphere 2 experiment is often ridiculed as the scientific disaster of the ’90s. A new documentary makes a touching case for its merits.

The Covid-19 Rent Crisis Is Here


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As unemployment surges, calls to cancel rent are growing louder. In New York, thousands are planning a rent strike for May, while landlords ask for a federal bailout.

The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Changing How People Buy Books


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Of course, Amazon is still a monster, but some indie booksellers are making it work.

The Pandemic Can Taint the Memory of Things We Love


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Music, binge-watching, sourdough starters—these things are helping people cope. Will coronavirus also ruin them forever?

In ‘Notes From an Apocalypse,’ Catastrophe Meets Optimism


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Mark O’Connell never imagined his book, *Notes From an Apocalypse*, would come out amid global catastrophe. But his optimism is more relevant than ever.

The Real Reason Veterinarians Gave a Tiger a Covid-19 Test


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It’s hard for humans in New York City to get a test for the coronavirus. So when a Bronx Zoo tiger tested positive for Covid-19, it invited some questions.

‘Desus & Mero’ Adapt to Life in Quarantine


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The show is built around the joy of hanging out with its hosts—even more so than on other late-night TV programs. Here’s how it’s surviving a moment when hanging out is impossible.

‘Tiger King’ Is Cruel and Appalling—Why Are We All Watching It?


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The Netflix docuseries is extremely popular. It’s also appalling. Why are people flocking to such a feel-bad show?

The Race to Keep Health Care Workers Protected From Covid-19


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As doctors and nurses address the pandemic, they are facing an unprecedented global crisis, a lack of resources, and a fight to save their own lives.

As Clubs Shut Down, Performers Must Find New Ways to Get By


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DJs, comedians, drag queens—entertainers across the country are livestreaming performances to reach audiences and raise money.

As Toilet Paper Flies off Shelves, Bidet Sales Go Boom-Boom


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Has the bidet’s time in North America finally arrived?

The Prepping Industry Wasn’t Prepared for the Coronavirus


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Once the obsession of fringe survivalists, disaster preparedness is now a national pastime—and supply can’t keep up with demand.

A ‘Netflix for the 99 Percent’ Enters the Streaming Wars


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Means TV is structured as a worker-owned cooperative. But even a “post-capitalist” streaming service will need to compete for subscriptions.