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National Geographic Magazine
February 2021
Mysteries of a Virus
by David Quammen
From small and simple to large and complex, viruses of various sizes and types are shown at 20,000 times scale in this fold-out visualisation.
Photograph by Jason Treat, Eve Conant, Mesa Schumacher, Markos Kay

They kill us by the millions. But without them, life is impossible.

In a year when we have all been exposed to – and reminded of – their destructive power, this issue of National Geographic examines how viruses shape our world. Looking back at the remains of earliest humans we know of, to the scourges we have bested with science – and those we haven’t.

Also in the February edition of National Geographic:

Women on the move the journeys of the millions of women who migrate every year in search of a better life.

Preserving paradise Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is a model for conservation. COVID-19 may change that.

Reclaiming history a reckoning with monuments of old that propagate systemic racism  

Plus:

How volcanoes produce lightning
The science of travel
A watchmaker’s tools 

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