Nicole Karlis,

Nicole Karlis

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Nicole:

New science tempers hope for life in Venus' clouds — but nothing is ruled out just yet

A paper that reported trace gases produced by bacteria rocked scientists. Newer studies cast some doubt on that → Read More

Largest Retail Association Is Lobbying to Get Stores Open as Pandemic Worsens

The National Retail Federation is lobbying to exempt retail from COVID restrictions -- and put workers' health at risk. → Read More

Retail lobby pushes to keep stores open for the holiday season as workers fear for their lives

If you walk into a store and it's crowded, "leave," experts say. But retail workers don't have that option → Read More

Getting engaged in this otherwise hellish year: An act of faith in a shared future

A good year is simply when it ends with the people you love still there → Read More

We asked mental health experts how to cope with a lonely Thanksgiving

Millions of Americans will be having Thanksgiving alone thanks to the pandemic → Read More

How Trump's tweets inadvertently mobilized hundreds of thousands suburban women against him

The 230,000-member, slightly tongue-in-cheek Facebook group "'Suburban Housewives' Against Trump" spurred thousands of suburban liberal women into action → Read More

Inside Parler, the social media platform by and for Trump supporters

As Facebook and Twitter crack down on misinformation, Trump supporters flock to the echo chamber of Parler → Read More

CDC adjusts its public health messaging to appeal to Americans' individualism

Reflecting American culture, CDC is now emphasizing personal benefits of mask-wearing instead of collective ones → Read More

Moderna says its coronavirus vaccine exhibits "94.5% vaccine efficacy." Here's what that means

Though promising, more hurdles remain — and "vaccine effectiveness" is different from "vaccine efficacy" → Read More

Shahid Buttar, left-challenger to Pelosi, started his campaign with a bang — and ends with a whimper

Nancy Pelosi's opponent was once touted as a west coast answer to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. What happened? → Read More

Amazon worker who was fired after leading COVID-19 safety protest files lawsuit against tech giant

Chris Smalls' class action suit filed claims that Amazon violated federal and state laws → Read More

Why Biden's free childcare plan is a worthy feminist reform

Beyond the social element, there's a strong economic argument to be made for such a policy → Read More

Can Trump really stage a coup? Experts weigh in on whether it's possible

Professors and pundits have a few theories on whether President Trump is serious about refusing to leave office → Read More

Inside "Stop the Steal": How right-wingers are organizing to spread baseless claims of voter fraud

A digital marketing firm that caters to conservatives is linked to the misinformed movement → Read More

Why Proposition 22's victory in California is a major setback for American labor

The ballot measure that would create "a permanent underclass" of gig workers passes in California → Read More

Twitter and Facebook slap warning labels on Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud

Both major social media platforms are struggling to fight the president's attempts to undermine democracy → Read More

Uber-backed Proposition 22 passes in California, limiting benefits for gig economy workers

Labor experts fear Proposition 22 will "lock in a permanent underclass of workers" in the Golden State → Read More

Protesters plan to take the streets if Trump claims false victory

Here's where protests are planned, and how states are preparing for election day aftermath → Read More

Boats keep striking right whales, and they’re almost extinct because of it

A new estimate shows that the carbon-sequestering whale's population is in the low hundreds → Read More

Sprites are haunting Jupiter’s atmosphere, NASA spacecraft finds

Sprites, "spectacular flashes of light" that appear spontaneously high in the atmosphere, have been seen on another world for the first time → Read More