Do Kids Need Covid Vaccines? Yes. No. Maybe.

The notion that the Covid-19 pandemic cannot be curbed without vaccinating children has quickly become axiomatic among many experts. But other scientists suggest that while it might eventually prove necessary, it might still be possible to achieve herd immunity without having to vaccinate young people.

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Book Review: A Zoologist Imagines Alien Life

In “The Zoologist’s Guide to the Galaxy,” Arik Kershenbaum argues that evolution on Earth can tell us a lot about how life might evolve on other planets. Peppered with pop culture references ranging from “Guardians of the Galaxy” to “Arrival,” each chapter focuses on a different aspect of animal life.

Abstracts: Vaccination, Forensics, and More

U.S. nursing home residents and workers began receiving Covid-19 vaccinations in December 2020 and January 2021. Meatpacking plant workers have had to wait longer, but were eligible for shots in at least 26 states by late March. Across the country, people in prisons are largely still waiting.

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