Can Sci-Fi Writers Prepare Us for an Uncertain Future?

Can Sci-Fi Writers Prepare Us for an Uncertain Future?

What will 2050 be like? As our existential anxiety is fueled by a burning planet, eroding privacy, and geopolitical instability, it’s a question that big companies have to take seriously. So earlier this year, the international engineering firm Arup attempted to...
The Death of a Patient and the Future of Fecal Transplants

The Death of a Patient and the Future of Fecal Transplants

Last month the Food and Drug Administration sent out an emergency alert: Two people who had undergone fecal transplants developed multi-drug-resistant infections from bacteria in the stool they were given, and one died. The death and illness may be the first serious...
The Terrifying Unknowns of an Exotic Invasive Tick

The Terrifying Unknowns of an Exotic Invasive Tick

Last summer, in a town just outside New York City, a tick bit a man. This ought to sound unexceptional. Ticks are normal on the upper East Coast; after all, tick-transmitted Lyme disease was first identified next door, in Connecticut. But the tick that covertly slid...