Science & Health

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

‘Groupthink’ hampered effective pandemic response, suggests new report
12 Oct 2021

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

Proportion of schoolchildren reporting discrepancy in results has almost doubled
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?
180102_Marijuana
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
Inside Plan B: Covid passports plan quietly revived
People dancing at a nightclub
Between the lines

Inside Plan B: Covid passports plan quietly revived

Downing Street says rules will introduced if NHS comes under “unsustainable pressure”
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
How fluoride in water can cut tooth decay
Water running out of a tap
Fact file

How fluoride in water can cut tooth decay

Chief medical officer says proposed move could halve hospital admissions among UK children
24 Sep 2021
Facebook: is it ‘monetising misery’?
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Why we’re talking about . . .

Facebook: is it ‘monetising misery’?

Leaked documents revealed the social network’s ‘corporate hypocrisy’ 
24 Sep 2021
Hairdressers warn of post-Covid hair dye allergies
A hair salon
Getting to grips with . . .

Hairdressers warn of post-Covid hair dye allergies

Scientists at Imperial College are investigating how the virus could be reprogramming our immune system
23 Sep 2021
‘Variant-proof’ Covid vaccine begins trials
A nurse with a vaccine
Getting to grips with . . .

‘Variant-proof’ Covid vaccine begins trials

On-trial jab may offer better protection against new strains of coronavirus
22 Sep 2021
The countries where euthanasia is legal
Euthanasia injection
In Depth

The countries where euthanasia is legal

British Medical Association’s recent vote to adopt neutral stance on assisted dying could pave way for UK legalisation
22 Sep 2021
Why discomfort could save pandas from extinction
A waving panda bear
In Brief

Why discomfort could save pandas from extinction

Experts say too much happiness can stop the bears from searching for new mates
21 Sep 2021
Five new cancer research breakthroughs
Cancer researchers
Why we’re talking about . . .

Five new cancer research breakthroughs

Latest results from trials of drugs and therapies met with tears of joy
20 Sep 2021
Covax: what’s gone wrong in fight against vaccine nationalism?
Shipment of Covid vaccines donated through Covax arrives at Bolivian Air Force base in El Alto
Expert’s view

Covax: what’s gone wrong in fight against vaccine nationalism?

Covid jabs-sharing scheme set to miss 2021 target for sending urgently needed doses to poorer countries
20 Sep 2021
Disrupted periods and Covid-19 jabs: is there a connection?
Woman gets vaccinated
Getting to grips with . . .

Disrupted periods and Covid-19 jabs: is there a connection?

Expert calls for ‘plausible’ link between the vaccines and menstrual changes to be investigated
20 Sep 2021
Which Covid-19 vaccine works best as a booster jab?
A man receives his first Covid-19 dose in Surrey
Fact file

Which Covid-19 vaccine works best as a booster jab?

Pfizer-BioNTech recommended as third shot for all over-50s in the UK
16 Sep 2021
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