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Undark’s home for breaking news, brisk analysis, and reader discussions at the intersection of science and society.

Undark Podcast #15: The Virus Hunters

Our podcast host, David Corcoran, discusses Undark’s latest Case Study on the worldwide effort to find emerging viruses with writer Jeffrey Marlow. Also: Seth Mnookin on the success of new science magazines, and reporter Eilís O’Neill on trichotillomania, a disorder in which people pull out their own hair.

An Unbalanced Plate of Food Policy

Even as young as 8 months, babies should be eating fruit and vegetables, experts advise. A new study finds a surprisingly high number who don’t, especially among minorities. Stronger national and local policies could help health care providers and parents improve the diets of infants and toddlers.

Abstracts: Whales, Wolves, and More

A 36-million-year-old fossil found in Peru could fill a gap in our understanding of whale evolution. A rare white wolf in Yellowstone National Park was illegally shot and killed. Trump is expected to appoint a nonscientist to head the USDA. Read these stories and more in our twice-weekly news roundup.

Tipping the Scales on Climate Change

In its physical, political, and ethical dimensions, climate change is a mind-boggling challenge — and perhaps more complex than any humanity has faced. With that in mind, the Knight Science Journalism Program and Undark teamed up with the Cambridge Science Festival to try to bring the problem down to size.