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‘Science Fair’ doesn’t experiment enough

About three minutes into “Science Fair,” filmmakers Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster summarize their project. An inexpressive narrator delivers the following: “More than seven million students worldwide participate in science competitions. 1,700 will qualify for the International Science and Engineering Fair. But only one will win. This documentary follows nine students from around the world…

Nathan Wolfe: Exterminator of epidemics

High above Sutter Street in downtown San Francisco, a team of Global Viral Forecasting Initiative (GVFI) scientists is hard at work studying how the next viral epidemic might be contained or prevented. From its sixth-floor office, the group has a clear view of the bustling city around them, a fitting reminder of the enormous scale…