Editor's note

Happy Sunday!

Our five most-read articles of the week are listed below. This week the list includes two stories that aren’t directly related to the coronavirus, and three that will give you new understanding of the pandemic.

As I write this, warm weather is finally reaching my home outside of Boston. For me, this raises one key question: Is it too early to plant my tomatoes? That reminded me of this article from Jennifer Atkinson of the University of Washington about the ways gardening nourishes us in hard times. It was published earlier this month. If you missed it, it’s worth a read as it warms up.

And we’re happy to report that a recent article about what federalism means for the coronavirus response has been picked up by more than 15 other media outlets. The author has been invited to join an international working group on the issue and is presenting to a D.C. think tank on the issue.

Thanks for reading. Here’s hoping that you can soak up some vitamin D today.

Emily Costello

Deputy Editor

Science fiction offers readers a way to rethink social dilemmas. MATJAZ SLANIC/Via Getty Images

Science fiction builds mental resiliency in young readers

Esther Jones, Clark University

Fantasy fiction provides more than escapism for young readers.

Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia japonica) drinking sap from tree bark in Japan. Alpsdake/Wikipedia

What are Asian giant hornets, and are they really dangerous? 5 questions answered

Akito Y Kawahara, University of Florida

Are 'murder hornets' from Asia invading North America? A Japanese entomologist who's been stung by one and lived to tell the tale explains what's true about these predatory insects.