Science & Health

Which Covid vaccine works best as a booster jab?
A man receives his first Covid-19 dose in Surrey
Fact file

Which Covid vaccine works best as a booster jab?

Study reveals third Pfizer dose ‘offers near total protection’ against virus
22 Oct 2021
Who is eligible for a Covid booster?
A pop-up vaccination service in Newcastle
Getting to grips with . . .

Who is eligible for a Covid booster?

Boris Johnson hints that third doses could be brought forward for over-50s
22 Oct 2021
‘Hissy fits’ and blatant bullying: Sajid Javid vs. the GPs
Sajid Javid
In Brief

‘Hissy fits’ and blatant bullying: Sajid Javid vs. the GPs

93% of GPs in England see the health secretary’s plans to encourage face-to-face appointments as unacceptable
21 Oct 2021
Why Scotland’s Covid cases drop is good news for England
Shoppers wear masks on Princess Street, Edinburgh
In Depth

Why Scotland’s Covid cases drop is good news for England

But new Delta Plus variant is causing concern north of the border too
21 Oct 2021
What herd immunity means - and why it is back in the spotlight
London crowds
Why we’re talking about . . .

What herd immunity means - and why it is back in the spotlight

Government insider suggests current Covid-19 strategy is ‘tantamount’ to a policy of herd immunity
21 Oct 2021
Inside Plan B: ministers urged to enforce Covid-19 measures
People dancing at a nightclub
Between the lines

Inside Plan B: ministers urged to enforce Covid-19 measures

Health officials call for mandatory mask-wearing and Covid passports as UK cases rise
20 Oct 2021
Why some PCR results were negative after a positive lateral flow test
Pupils at a school in Halifax line up for lateral flow tests
Why we’re talking about . . .

Why some PCR results were negative after a positive lateral flow test

Investigation leads back to ‘isolated incident’ at private lab in Wolverhampton
20 Oct 2021

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Why is half of Britain predicting a lockdown?
NHS poster saying Stay Home, Save Lives in London
Today’s big question

Why is half of Britain predicting a lockdown?

Booster vaccine programme has been criticised as moving ‘extremely slowly’ as Covid-19 cases hit a peak of nearly 50,000
20 Oct 2021
Delta-plus: is new mutation most infectious Covid-19 strain yet?
Ambulances outside a hospital during third national lockdown
Today’s big question

Delta-plus: is new mutation most infectious Covid-19 strain yet?

The Delta descendent already accounts for one in ten UK coronavirus cases
19 Oct 2021
The pros and cons of legalised assisted dying
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Pros and cons

The pros and cons of legalised assisted dying

House of Lords to consider law change on doctor-assisted suicide
19 Oct 2021
Valneva vaccine: why UK ditched jab with ‘stronger immune response’ than AstraZeneca
Engineer looks at samples in vaccine laboratory
In Depth

Valneva vaccine: why UK ditched jab with ‘stronger immune response’ than AstraZeneca

Downing Street accused French manufacturer of breaching contract
19 Oct 2021
Why psychosis is on the rise
Women sits in hospital
Fact file

Why psychosis is on the rise

Latest data provides ‘concrete evidence’ of impact of Covid pandemic on mental health
18 Oct 2021
Exiles, revolting prisoners and sporting health
Bashar al-Assad
Podcast

Exiles, revolting prisoners and sporting health

Will Syrian criminals be allowed home? How did an American prison fall into the hands of inmates? And why are sports stars struggling with their menta…
15 Oct 2021
Why a ‘super-cold’ is spreading
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Getting to grips with . . .

Why a ‘super-cold’ is spreading

Increasing number of Brits are complaining of ‘chainsaw’ throats and dripping noses
15 Oct 2021
Will China hobble WHO’s ‘last-chance’ bid to trace Covid origins?
Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan was originally cited as the epicentre of the Covid pandemic
In Depth

Will China hobble WHO’s ‘last-chance’ bid to trace Covid origins?

Group of 26 global experts tasked with reviving stalled inquiry
15 Oct 2021
Prince William and the billionaire space race’s climate problem
Jeff Bezos (second left) and his Blue Origin crew after flying into space
Pros and cons

Prince William and the billionaire space race’s climate problem

Carbon emissions of four space tourists ‘up to 100 times more’ than passenger on long-haul flight
14 Oct 2021
What causes Havana Syndrome?
Cases were first reported at the US embassy in Cuba
Fact file

What causes Havana Syndrome?

Officials investigate outbreak of cases at US embassy in Colombia
14 Oct 2021
Why does the UK have highest Covid case rate in western Europe?
England lockdown lifted
Today’s big question

Why does the UK have highest Covid case rate in western Europe?

Coronavirus deaths have fallen in the region’s ‘Covid capital’ - but Britain may be facing tough winter
13 Oct 2021
‘Cummings was right’: where government went wrong on Covid handling
Johnson and Cummings
Getting to grips with . . .

‘Cummings was right’: where government went wrong on Covid handling

‘Groupthink’ hampered effective pandemic response, suggests new report
12 Oct 2021
Where have all the doctors and nurses gone?
GP sits at desk in surgery
In Depth

Where have all the doctors and nurses gone?

Health sector seeing a ‘breakdown’ in relationship between patients and medical professionals
12 Oct 2021
Anti-vaxxers accused of targeting TV stars’ homes
Jeremy Vine
Why we’re talking about . . .

Anti-vaxxers accused of targeting TV stars’ homes

Campaigners have served presenters and pundits with ‘bogus’ legal documents
11 Oct 2021
Why ministers are facing scrutiny over ‘haphazard’ teen vaccination campaign
Children at school
In Depth

Why ministers are facing scrutiny over ‘haphazard’ teen vaccination campaign

England’s Covid jab programme for 12 to 15-year-olds has fallen behind Scotland’s
11 Oct 2021
Dead ships, film strikes and pandemic travel
Oil pipeline
Podcast

Dead ships, film strikes and pandemic travel

Why is the UN worried about a supertanker in Yemen? Will strikes cause a streaming video shortage? And what next for the ‘zero-Covid’ success stories?…
8 Oct 2021
‘Armageddon-style’ spacecraft to crash into asteroid
The Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida
Why we’re talking about . . .

‘Armageddon-style’ spacecraft to crash into asteroid

Mission is ‘first test for planetary defence’, says space agency
8 Oct 2021
Covid toes: why some people are developing chilblain-like lesions
Covid toes
Stranger than fiction

Covid toes: why some people are developing chilblain-like lesions

The often painful condition could be caused by the body’s immune response when fighting off Covid-19
7 Oct 2021
What the world’s first malaria vaccine means for Africa
A worker inspects a mosquito net in Arusha, Tanzania
Global lens

What the world’s first malaria vaccine means for Africa

World Health Organization hails breakthrough in battle against tropical disease
7 Oct 2021
The leaked plan for US and Wuhan scientists to develop coronaviruses
Bright yellow biohazard sign
Why we’re talking about . . .

The leaked plan for US and Wuhan scientists to develop coronaviruses

Leaked 2018 grant proposal fuels theory that Covid-19 was created in lab
6 Oct 2021
The tally of Covid-19 vaccine deaths examined
Boy receiving Covid vaccine
Getting to grips with . . .

The tally of Covid-19 vaccine deaths examined

Analysis of UK death registration data suggests very few people have died as direct result of Covid jab
5 Oct 2021
Gene editing, joke theft and manifesting
Wheat farming
Podcast

Gene editing, joke theft and manifesting

Are we on the verge of a new agricultural revolution? Why are comedians going to court? And what on earth is manifesting?
1 Oct 2021
Where is weed legal?
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In Depth

Where is weed legal?

Europe could follow American example as more states legalise cannabis
30 Sep 2021
Is social media bad for your mental health?
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In Depth

Is social media bad for your mental health?

Facebook faces damaging claims that it was aware of harm Instagram caused to children
28 Sep 2021
The latest evidence on Covid-19’s origins
Bat hanging from tree
Expert’s view

The latest evidence on Covid-19’s origins

Preliminary findings indicate virus was spread between different species via ‘natural spillover’ events
27 Sep 2021
Clinical injustice, wireless power and pandas
A nurse with a vaccine
Podcast

Clinical injustice, wireless power and pandas

Why do so many clinical trials exclude women? Will we soon be free of power cables? And is panda fertility finally on the rise?
24 Sep 2021
What kind of mask works best against Delta?
An FFP2 mask
Getting to grips with . . .

What kind of mask works best against Delta?

Study shows surgical masks are more effective than cloth but are N95 and FFP2 the ones to have?
24 Sep 2021
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