Science & Health

How magic mushrooms may be used to treat depression
Magic mushrooms
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How magic mushrooms may be used to treat depression

Psilocybin as effective as antidepressants at treating depression, study finds
15 Apr 2021
Are Covid vaccine passports legal?
Man shows NHS vaccine card
Today’s big question

Are Covid vaccine passports legal?

Certificates of vaccination could be discriminatory, says equalities watchdog
15 Apr 2021
What do we know about mixing vaccines?
Woman receives Covid-19 vaccination
Today’s big question

What do we know about mixing vaccines?

Major mix-and-match study expanded to include Moderna and Novavax
14 Apr 2021
The pros and cons of lifting lockdown early
Lockdown
Pros and cons

The pros and cons of lifting lockdown early

Positive data prompts calls for Covid restrictions to be eased sooner than planned
14 Apr 2021
Sweden: Covid outlier to Europe’s most infected country
State Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell
In Depth

Sweden: Covid outlier to Europe’s most infected country

Region declares ‘personal lockdown’ as patients in ICU hits new high
14 Apr 2021
Who will be next to get the coronavirus vaccine?
A doctor wearing sterile gloves prepares a vaccination injection.
In Brief

Who will be next to get the coronavirus vaccine?

NHS told to target high-risk demographics in next phase of jab rollout
14 Apr 2021
How many people must be vaccinated to get back to normal?
Margaret Keenan becomes the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine
In Focus

How many people must be vaccinated to get back to normal?

Rollout of the Moderna vaccine begins in England
13 Apr 2021

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The fifth force of nature
Inside the Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator in Meyrin, Switzerland
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The fifth force of nature

Unexpected behaviour of subatomic particle could change our understanding of the universe
9 Apr 2021
The meaning of Covid herd immunity
London crowds
Why we’re talking about . . .

The meaning of Covid herd immunity

UCL modelling suggests population immunity will come as early as next week for the UK
8 Apr 2021
The AstraZeneca blood clot risk in context
Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
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The AstraZeneca blood clot risk in context

Experts say odds of adverse side effect are about same as ‘being hit in your home by crashing aeroplane’
8 Apr 2021
Under-30s to be offered alternative to AstraZeneca vaccine
Boris Johnson AstraZeneca
Today’s big question

Under-30s to be offered alternative to AstraZeneca vaccine

UK regulator says evidence of a link between the jab and very rare blood clot is ‘firming up’
7 Apr 2021
One in three Covid survivors ‘develop mental health problems’
Elderly Covid patient
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One in three Covid survivors ‘develop mental health problems’

New research suggest coronavirus pandemic may result in wave of neurological and psychiatric disorders
7 Apr 2021
Pros and cons of ‘vaccine passports’
London pub
Pros and cons

Pros and cons of ‘vaccine passports’

More criticism piled on government’s proposal for Covid status certificates
6 Apr 2021
Clinical trials begin for Covid vaccine made in chicken eggs
A Vietnamese health worker draws up a Covid vaccine dose
In Brief

Clinical trials begin for Covid vaccine made in chicken eggs

Easy-to-produce jab hailed as potential pandemic ‘game-changer’
6 Apr 2021
Why Chile’s rapid vaccine rollout has failed to prevent Covid surge
A Chilean woman shows her vaccination card
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Why Chile’s rapid vaccine rollout has failed to prevent Covid surge

Lockdown measures reimposed as coronavirus cases hit record high despite world-leading inoculation campaign
6 Apr 2021
Lockdown study reveals how mental fatigue can be reversed
Life in lockdown
Expert’s view

Lockdown study reveals how mental fatigue can be reversed

Psychologists have had a unique opportunity to study the effects of social isolation
6 Apr 2021
The pros and cons of legalising assisted dying
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In Depth

The pros and cons of legalising assisted dying

Is physician-assisted suicide murder or mercy?
1 Apr 2021
Covid study reveals who is most likely to break rules
Covid testing centre
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Covid study reveals who is most likely to break rules

Survey suggests our intentions are good - but being scuppered by limited financial and social support
1 Apr 2021
Will there be an end date for the pandemic?
Brighton beach
Expert’s view

Will there be an end date for the pandemic?

Don’t set a date for your end-of-Covid party just yet
1 Apr 2021
The coronavirus vaccines
An elderly lady receives a Covid vaccine in San Juan, Philippines
Fact file

The coronavirus vaccines

Everything you need to know about the world’s Covid-19 vaccines
31 Mar 2021
Cuba poised to become coronavirus vaccine powerhouse
A man repairs his car in Havana, Cuba
In Depth

Cuba poised to become coronavirus vaccine powerhouse

The communist nation aims to be ‘pharmacist’ to other US enemies after developing multiple Covid jabs
30 Mar 2021
What Covid vaccines cost - and the countries paying over the odds
People wait to be vaccinated at Salisbury Cathedral
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What Covid vaccines cost - and the countries paying over the odds

Figures suggest that quicker vaccine rollouts are pay to play
30 Mar 2021
‘Double mutant’ Covid variant threatens to overwhelm India
Holi celebrations in Guwahati in the northeast state of Assam
In Depth

‘Double mutant’ Covid variant threatens to overwhelm India

Hopes of herd immunity extinguished as wave of new strain sweeps across the country
30 Mar 2021
Long Covid: the symptoms and who is most at risk
A Covid patient is wheeled into hospital
Fact file

Long Covid: the symptoms and who is most at risk

New study finds that seven in ten patients hospitalised with the condition still affected five months later
26 Mar 2021
What experts learned from tracking every Covid policy in the world
Open graves dug during the Covid pandemic in Sao Paolo, Brazil
Expert’s view

What experts learned from tracking every Covid policy in the world

Wealth no indication of success in the battle against coronavirus
26 Mar 2021
Tory rebels plotting to block vaccine passports
Boris Johnson on a visit to a pub
Behind the scenes

Tory rebels plotting to block vaccine passports

Hospitality bosses label plans for jab proof ‘absurd’ and ‘unfair’
26 Mar 2021
The pros and cons of the UK’s long lockdowns
West End
In Depth

The pros and cons of the UK’s long lockdowns

Boris Johnson is facing criticism from his own MPs, who say the lockdown is not being eased quickly enough amid the successful vaccine campaign
25 Mar 2021
US officials raise fresh concerns over AstraZeneca vaccine data
Boris Johnson poses with a vial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
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US officials raise fresh concerns over AstraZeneca vaccine data

Independent monitors says the pharma giant may have used ‘out-of-date information’
24 Mar 2021
How the common cold ‘protects against Covid’
Angela Merkel sneezes
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How the common cold ‘protects against Covid’

Experts believe short-lived immune response triggered by human rhinovirus may ‘block’ the new coronavirus
24 Mar 2021
The threat posed by spread of new coronavirus variants in Europe
Medical staff treat a Covid patient in Rome, Italy
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The threat posed by spread of new coronavirus variants in Europe

Fresh lockdown measures imposed across continent as mutant Covid strains cause spike in infections
24 Mar 2021
One year since lockdown: the UK Covid timeline
Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street
In Depth

One year since lockdown: the UK Covid timeline

The country marks one year since Boris Johnson asked the nation to ‘stay at home’
23 Mar 2021
Trust in Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine collapsing across Europe
Boris Johnson poses with a vial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
In Brief

Trust in Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine collapsing across Europe

More than half of people in France, Germany and Spain believe jab is unsafe
22 Mar 2021
Can Johnson resolve the vaccine shortage?
Boris Johnson at the daily press briefing
Today’s big question

Can Johnson resolve the vaccine shortage?

Government officials keen to avoid ‘war of words’ with Indian government over delivery hold-up
19 Mar 2021
Ireland, Wombo and laser vision
Stormont protests
Podcast

Ireland, Wombo and laser vision

Is the Good Friday Agreement unravelling? How much of a threat are AI deepfakes? And can we really now see round corners?
19 Mar 2021