A new study finds a simple nasal swab can provide early warning of emerging viruses. / YaleNews 

Related: Nine diseases "that keep epidemiologists up at night." / Goats and Soda

A field guide to House Republicans' various investigations, all set to begin this week. / Politico

Residents of suburban Atlanta's newest city are already trying to secede. / Bloomberg

Australia authorities are looking for a dangerously radioactive capsule, smaller than a penny, that fell off a truck on a highway as long as California's coastline. / The New York Times

Utilities around the country repeatedly cut off power and gas to millions of struggling customers while seeing record profits and rewarding investors. / The Guardian

Review of a new book about how secretive investors can make—and unmake—lifesaving drugs. / Undark

The author of a new novel about the climate crisis talks about traps to avoid when turning the news into art. / Grist

Chess.com can't explain why there's been yet another boom in interest for the game. / Chess

A neuroscientist says we made fewer memories during the pandemic. / The Walrus

Cal Newport: History tells us that it will probably take a generation to figure out what the best kind of collaborative cognitive work looks like. / The New York Times Magazine

Leyland Cecco: "How a Tourette's Diagnosis Helped Me Understand Who I Am." / The Walrus

A recipe for margarita made with ice from a comet nucleus. And reviews for book covers. / xkcd, The Book Cover Review

In tennis, Novak Djokovic wins the Australian Open, tying Rafael's record for 22 major tournaments. I.e., "Novak Djokovic once again wins Djokovic Open." / Sports Illustrated, Deadspin