Book Review: How Clean Is Too Clean?

In “Clean: The New Science of Skin,” James Hamblin explores our obsession with cleansers and skin-potions and seeks to upend some popular wisdom about personal hygiene. Sketching the outlines of a map of new, largely uncharted scientific territory, Hamblin looks to a future where we may not shower at all.

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Book Review: Climate Doom Is Not Inevitable

In “The Future Earth,” Eric Holthaus outlines an ambitious path toward mitigating climate change through advances in technology and the creation of a “stewardship” economy. By focusing on the bright side, Holthaus argues, we can create a culture with the best chance of survival for all vulnerable peoples.

Abstracts: Covid-19 Vaccine Race Heats Up

On Wednesday, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and a German partner, BioNTech, announced that they had reached a $1.95 billion deal with the U.S. government for 50 million courses of a Covid-19 vaccine — provided that it works. In the meantime, the U.S. has struggled to implement more low-tech interventions.