Science & Health

Met Office climate report: how hot will the UK get?
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Met Office climate report: how hot will the UK get?

Britain is warming more quickly than global average over past decade, says study
29 Jul 2021
A ‘paltry’ 3% pay rise for the NHS: do nurses deserve more?
Nurse protesting with placard reading 'NHS staff deserve fair pay'
In Brief

A ‘paltry’ 3% pay rise for the NHS: do nurses deserve more?

Even in normal times, the issue of nurses’ pay is ‘politically volatile’
29 Jul 2021
Mental health and elite sport: the pressure to perform 
Team USA gymnast Simone Biles
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Mental health and elite sport: the pressure to perform 

Gymnastics star Simone Biles pulls out of the individual all-around final in Tokyo 
28 Jul 2021
The link between childhood obesity and midlife health crisis examined
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The link between childhood obesity and midlife health crisis examined

Obese ten-year-olds are 25% more likely to suffer diabetes and high blood pressure by midlife, says new study
28 Jul 2021
What was the Black Death and how did it end?
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What was the Black Death and how did it end?

Oxford University hopes to protect remote communities against the disease through a new vaccine
27 Jul 2021
How much pressure can the NHS take?
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How much pressure can the NHS take?

Chiefs say health service is facing the same level of pressure as at the height of the pandemic
27 Jul 2021
Child deaths on the rise as Indonesia grapples with rapid Covid-19 surge
Two children stand as their relatives pray by an ambulance in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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Child deaths on the rise as Indonesia grapples with rapid Covid-19 surge

Hospitals struggle as senior paediatrician says cases rising rapidly among minors
27 Jul 2021

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Who is Kate Shemirani? Anti-vaxxer speech investigated over ‘Nuremberg’ cry
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Who is Kate Shemirani? Anti-vaxxer speech investigated over ‘Nuremberg’ cry

Former nurse has become face of the anti-vaccination movement
26 Jul 2021
Covid cases in shock drop: what’s going on?
19 July reopening
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Covid cases in shock drop: what’s going on?

Experts analyse mysterious fall in coronavirus cases after peak of third wave predicted next month
26 Jul 2021
Infection rise prompts European crackdown on vaccine refuseniks
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Infection rise prompts European crackdown on vaccine refuseniks

Angela Merkel urges population to get vaccinated as Emmanuel Macron’s latest move sparks protests
23 Jul 2021
The UFO files: exploring the findings of the Pentagon’s report
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The UFO files: exploring the findings of the Pentagon’s report

The report, released last month, examines mysterious phenomena in the skies. What does it tell us?
23 Jul 2021
Health data, green banking and flawed maps
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Podcast

Health data, green banking and flawed maps

How will we deal with knowing so much more about our health? Should central banks seek to fight climate change? And is Google Maps leading us astray?
23 Jul 2021
Tory MPs vow to boycott party conference over jab passports
Conservative MP Steve Baker
Behind the scenes

Tory MPs vow to boycott party conference over jab passports

Growing number of backbenchers set to shun annual meeting if jab documents are condition of entry
23 Jul 2021
Pingdemic chaos: how bad could it get?
Keir Starmer in PMQs
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Pingdemic chaos: how bad could it get?

Supermarkets warn of empty shelves as Keir Starmer follows Boris Johnson into isolation
22 Jul 2021
When will children get a coronavirus vaccine?
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When will children get a coronavirus vaccine?

Hundreds of thousands of under-18s to be offered jab
20 Jul 2021
India’s true Covid death toll ‘in the millions’, says new study
Funeral pyres burning in New Delhi, India
In Depth

India’s true Covid death toll ‘in the millions’, says new study

New study findings fuel claims that government is deliberately under-reporting pandemic fatalities
20 Jul 2021
Will we have to start paying for lateral flow tests?
Covid lateral flow test box
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Will we have to start paying for lateral flow tests?

Concern reportedly growing in Westminster over ‘eye-watering’ cost of at-home kits
20 Jul 2021
What is the rare Monkey B virus that killed vet in China?
Macaque monkeys huddle together for warmth at Awajishima Monkey Center, Japan
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What is the rare Monkey B virus that killed vet in China?

Infection linked to macaques is often deadly when spread to humans
20 Jul 2021
How reliable is the Test and Trace app?
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak
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How reliable is the Test and Trace app?

The ‘Great Unlocking’ is hit by surging numbers of people forced to self-isolate – including the PM
19 Jul 2021
Long Covid: symptoms, treatment and people most at risk
A Covid patient is wheeled into hospital
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Long Covid: symptoms, treatment and people most at risk

Largest study of long-lasting illness finds 200 symptoms of chronic illness
16 Jul 2021
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin: the new space race?
Richard Branson cheers with crew members after flying into space
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Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin: the new space race?

Branson has declared space open for business. Is that still a pie in the sky?
16 Jul 2021
Cuba, friendship and office dogs
Havana streets
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Cuba, friendship and office dogs

What’s behind the latest Cuban protests? Can dating apps help us make friends? And should we welcome animals at work?
16 Jul 2021
Inside the plan to end the track-and-trace epidemic
The NHS track-and-trace app
Behind the scenes

Inside the plan to end the track-and-trace epidemic

Number of health workers in self-isolation now ‘significantly impacting’ patient care, NHS chief warns
16 Jul 2021
‘Wobbling’ Moon will cause worldwide flooding, Nasa warns
Flooding in Florida after Hurricane Irma hit in 2017
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‘Wobbling’ Moon will cause worldwide flooding, Nasa warns

Lunar cycles may mean an increase in floods across coastal cities, first-of-its-kind study finds
15 Jul 2021
Why your AstraZeneca vaccine may mean no European holidays
Boris Johnson receives his second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
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Why your AstraZeneca vaccine may mean no European holidays

Month-long wait for Indian-made jabs to be approved on the continent
15 Jul 2021
Why is the vaccine rollout slowing down?
The queue for a Covid-19 vaccine
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Why is the vaccine rollout slowing down?

Younger people are proving more reluctant to receive the jab after initial surge in demand
15 Jul 2021
Sugar and salt tax: the strategy to break ‘junk food cycle’
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Sugar and salt tax: the strategy to break ‘junk food cycle’

Review proposes new levy but there are concerns food prices will increase
15 Jul 2021
Indonesia overtakes India as Asia’s Covid epicentre
Grave diggers bury a coffin in Semarang, Java
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Indonesia overtakes India as Asia’s Covid epicentre

Rapid spread of highly infectious Delta variant triggers hospital bed and oxygen shortages
15 Jul 2021
What will change on 19 July - and what won’t
Boris Johnson
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What will change on 19 July - and what won’t

Almost all social distancing rules are being scrapped but self-isolations stay
14 Jul 2021
The arguments for and against ‘vaccine passports’
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Pros and cons

The arguments for and against ‘vaccine passports’

Government warns that it might still mandate Covid certification if necessary
13 Jul 2021
Are we heading for another Covid lockdown?
Health Secretary Sajid Javid
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Are we heading for another Covid lockdown?

Prime minister’s pledge of ‘irreversible’ reopening now comes with a caveat
13 Jul 2021
Mcr-1: the potentially untreatable superbug being transmitted by dogs
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Mcr-1: the potentially untreatable superbug being transmitted by dogs

Experts warn of ‘nightmare scenario’ after discovering that antibiotic-resistant gene can be transmitted to humans by pets
12 Jul 2021
‘Jitters’ in Downing Street as Boris Johnson finalises 19 July plans
Boris Johnson
Behind the scenes

‘Jitters’ in Downing Street as Boris Johnson finalises 19 July plans

Change in rhetoric about Freedom Day from ministers as Covid cases soar
12 Jul 2021
Strict schools, swimming caps and four-day weeks
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Podcast

Strict schools, swimming caps and four-day weeks

Do more rules make for a better education? Is a ban on “Afro caps” a blow to sporting diversity? And will Covid boost calls for a four-day working wee…
9 Jul 2021
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