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We at the Cooper Square Review join this nation in outrage at the violent death of George Floyd, and at the systemic racism that his death exposes once again. We are scientists and medical professionals. Every day we work on testing new medicines, decoding neural impulses, and analyzing gravitational waves. But we are also citizens. We urge our fellow scientists to turn their passion and creativity to their work as citizens: creating a more just, equitable, and humane world.

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We’re all finding different ways to enjoy our favorite activities these days, […]

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A Kassandra For Our Time

Ali Cohen finds Madeline Drexler's twenty-year-old profile of new viruses and public health challenges starkly relevant today

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The Ghost of Pandemics Past

Jared Diamond's classic explains how epidemics of the past transformed societies. Agata Bochynska wonders: how will the current pandemic change ours?

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What It Means To Live With Dementia

Stephen Serene finds beauty and insight in Lynn Casteel Harper's portrait of dementia, but worries that it whitewashes the realities of nursing home life

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The Pandemic Dress Rehearsal Where Everything Went Wrong

Geena Ianni learns that we've been through a trial-run for pandemic preparedness, and are making the same mistakes all over again

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When Fiction Helps Us See

Life imitates art when Megan Elder immerses herself in Saramago's famous pandemic novel

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The End of the World As We Know It

Benjamin Pope shares David Wallace-Wells' alarm over climate change -- but balks at his narrow view on solutions to the problem

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A World Without Medicine

In Mary Shelley's lesser-known work, Nicole Perez finds a story scarier -- but more relevant -- than Frankenstein

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Pandemic Survival Tips From The 1700s

On Friday, April 10, 2020, Daniel Defoe’s almost-300-year-old A Journal of the […]

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Geometry And How We See The World

Jingyang Zhou discovers the fascinating ways that and old mathematical system altered the way we perceive

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Human Revolution

Angelika Manhart marvels at the powerhouse crew of mostly female anthropologists who turned their field upside down

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This Scientific Life

Our contributors hail from all over the sciences — and all over the world. We’ll share what brought us to science, why we stay, and what makes us (occasionally) want to run away. There will be eureka moments, scientific screw-ups, advice to youngsters, peers, and elders, as well as whimsical stories about space exploration, fruit fly cognition, and how a neuron can live its best life.

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(Excerpt from “Advice for a Modern Investigator”, chapter 5. ) The most […]

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