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A Foam-on-the-Runway Hypothesis about the Covid-19 Origin Stories

Perhaps some scientists were stalling for time

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There are few better-known brands in public service journalism than the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.  Founded in 1945 by University of Chicago physicists who helped produce the atom bomb, the organization adopted its famous clock  logo two years later, with an original setting of seven minutes to midnight. Since then it has expanded the coverage of its monthly magazine and web page to include climate change, biotech, and other disruptive technologies. In May, it published “The origin of COVID: Did people or nature open Pandora’s box at Wuhan?,” by veteran science journalist Nicholas Wade. Its appearance apparently prompted President