Editor's note

Scientists from around the world have turned their attention to the coronavirus, including molecular geneticists who are trying to draw a picture of its family tree to better understand how it has spread – and may in the future. What about its transmission in the air? An aerosol expert digs into what the emerging research says.

Also this week, an archaeologist shares his research to more accurately date indigenous people’s history in North America and a scientific attempt to find out if shouting at urban coyotes actually deters them.

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Martin La Monica

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The steady rate of genetic changes lets researchers recreate how a virus has travelled. nextstrain.org

The coronavirus genome is like a shipping label that lets epidemiologists track where it’s been

Bert Ely, University of South Carolina; Taylor Carter, University of South Carolina

Every time the virus copies itself it makes mistakes, creating a trail that researchers can use to build a family tree with information about where it's traveled, and when.

From your lungs into the air around you, aerosols carry coronavirus. Peter Dazeley/The Image Bank via Getty Images

Coronavirus drifts through the air in microscopic droplets – here’s the science of infectious aerosols

Shelly Miller, University of Colorado Boulder

Aerosols are the tiny particles of liquid and material that float around in our environment. When they come from an infected person, they may be a significant source of coronavirus transmission.

A sedated coyote about to be released with a tracking collar in greater Los Angeles. Niamh Quinn

Scientist at work: Trapping urban coyotes to see if they can be ‘hazed’ away from human neighborhoods

Niamh M. Quinn, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Biologists capture and collar coyotes in urban Los Angeles in order to study the effectiveness of 'hazing' as a wildlife management tool.

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