The Black Death Plague Didn’t Actually Kill Half of Europe, New Study Claims

In popular imagination, the Black Death is the most devastating pandemic to have ever hit Europe. Between 1346 and 1353, plague is believed to have reached nearly, if not every, corner of the continent, killing 30-50 percent of the population.   This account is based on texts and documents written by state or church officials … Read more

A Near-Future Plague, the Neuroscience of Navigation, and More

Fiction Review by Robin MacArthur How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu William Morrow, 2022 ($27.99) Sometimes a novel comes along that feels so prescient—so startlingly aligned with the happenings of the real world—it seems plausible that the author was attuned not just to scientific foreshadowing but to some divinatory reading of … Read more