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Trans sport, fragrant friends and lost data
Competitive swimming
Podcasts

Trans sport, fragrant friends and lost data

Can women’s sport be both fair and inclusive? Do we choose friends based on how they smell? And is Big Data putting us at risk of big losses?
1 Jul 2022
Deborah James: tireless cancer campaigner dies aged 40
Deborah James
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Deborah James: tireless cancer campaigner dies aged 40

The bowel cancer campaigner raised millions for cancer research charities
29 Jun 2022
The countries where abortion is illegal
US abortion-rights activists march toward the White House
In Depth

The countries where abortion is illegal

Millions of US women have lost their right to terminate pregnancies following Supreme Court ruling
29 Jun 2022
How the world reacted to US Supreme Court’s abortion ruling
Protesters descend on the US Supreme Court
Global lens

How the world reacted to US Supreme Court’s abortion ruling

Pro-choice groups fear global impact of overturning of Roe vs. Wade
28 Jun 2022
Are we facing a brain fog epidemic?
Rise in brain fog cases linked to long Covid
Getting to grips with . . .

Are we facing a brain fog epidemic?

Loss of mental clarity and inability to concentrate linked to long Covid
27 Jun 2022
Immunotherapy, unions and a house revival
Medical scan
Podcasts

Immunotherapy, unions and a house revival

Can our immune systems help us fight cancer? Have unions finally cracked the tech sector? And is 90s house music making a comeback?
24 Jun 2022
Polio alert: why a national incident has been declared
Beckton Sewage Treatment Works in east London
Fact file

Polio alert: why a national incident has been declared

Samples from an east London sewage plant have tested positive for the virus
23 Jun 2022

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BA.4 and BA.5: what the two new Omicron variants mean for the Covid pandemic
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BA.4 and BA.5: what the two new Omicron variants mean for the Covid pandemic

Health experts say we have entered the next wave of Covid-19 infections
22 Jun 2022
Do polar bears no longer need saving?
A polar bear swimming beside a melting iceberg near the Arctic Circle in Hudson Bay, Canada
Unreported world

Do polar bears no longer need saving?

New study offers ‘glimmer of hope’ for some polar bears – but with caveats
20 Jun 2022
DNA theft, an energy puzzle and news refuseniks
Podcasts

DNA theft, an energy puzzle and news refuseniks

Should we take steps to guard our genetic security? Is wind power overpriced? And why are so many of us turning off the news
17 Jun 2022
Rich countries hoarding smallpox jabs
A vaccination
Unreported world

Rich countries hoarding smallpox jabs

Danish pharma company has doubled its revenue projections as orders flood in
16 Jun 2022
What was the Black Death and how did it start?
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In Depth

What was the Black Death and how did it start?

New research pinpoints origins of deadly disease to north Kyrgyzstan
16 Jun 2022
What is a ‘menopause-friendly’ employer?
Mariella Frostrup, MP Carolyn Harris, Penny Lancaster and Davina McCall
Getting to grips with . . .

What is a ‘menopause-friendly’ employer?

Speaker of the House of Commons signs pledge as awareness of the issue grows
15 Jun 2022
The pros and cons of a total smoking ban
A man smoking
Pros and cons

The pros and cons of a total smoking ban

Call to outlaw tobacco completely has proved controversial and ‘opened a cabinet split’
10 Jun 2022
Who is the Hat Man?
Hat Man
Why we’re talking about . . .

Who is the Hat Man?

Spooky vision that occurs during sleep paralysis has been documented in countries worldwide
10 Jun 2022
Neanderthal gene ‘caused up to a million Covid deaths’
Neanderthal man at the Natural History Museum
In Brief

Neanderthal gene ‘caused up to a million Covid deaths’

Genetic tweak found in one in six Britons means cells in the lungs are slower to launch defences
10 Jun 2022
What to expect from the next Covid wave
Members of the public look at a wall of remembrance for Covid-19 victims
Getting to grips with . . .

What to expect from the next Covid wave

Experts suggest those who have escaped infection so far would be vulnerable to new outbreak
9 Jun 2022
Jeremy Hunt: the former health secretary waiting in the wings
Jeremy Hunt
Profile

Jeremy Hunt: the former health secretary waiting in the wings

Boris Johnson urged to make rival Tory chancellor to ‘heal rifts’
8 Jun 2022
The pros and cons of drinking coffee
Coffee is one of the world's most popular drinks
Pros and cons

The pros and cons of drinking coffee

Studies have shown drinking it in moderation can reduce risk of certain diseases – but it should be avoided during pregnancy
1 Jun 2022
Quitting China, social age checks and dental deserts
Chinese tourism
Podcasts

Quitting China, social age checks and dental deserts

Why has AirBnB given up on China? Are social networks finally taking age limits seriously? And why is it so hard to find a dentist?
27 May 2022
How to regain your smell and taste after Covid-19
Woman smelling lavender
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How to regain your smell and taste after Covid-19

Potential treatments include ‘smell training’ to remind the brain or taking steroids
26 May 2022
The pros and cons of gene-editing food
A combine harvester works its way through a field of barley
Pros and cons

The pros and cons of gene-editing food

Technique could increase food security but there are concerns about labelling
25 May 2022
What is monkeypox?
Monkeypox virus
Fact file

What is monkeypox?

Virus could become endemic, EU health chiefs warn
24 May 2022
SIDS, Tasers and Alabaman rights
Ambulances parked outside an NHS hospital in London.
Podcasts

SIDS, Tasers and Alabaman rights

Are we closer to understanding sudden infant death syndrome? Has a Trump-appointed judge given hope to trans Americans? And do too many British police…
20 May 2022
Why the US is facing a baby milk shortage
Near-empty shelves in a supermarket in Orlando, Florida
Talking point

Why the US is facing a baby milk shortage

Supply chains went into crisis after major supplier shut down factory following two infant deaths
20 May 2022
Can North Korea control a major Covid outbreak?
Kim Jong-un removes his face mask after announcing North Korea’s first official Covid case
Unreported world

Can North Korea control a major Covid outbreak?

Notoriously secretive state ‘on verge of catastrophe’
18 May 2022
Pros and cons of a vegan diet for pets
A vegan diet could help dogs with animal protein allergies and weight issues
Pros and cons

Pros and cons of a vegan diet for pets

Plant-based food might have some health benefits for dogs
12 May 2022
The outlook for China’s zero-Covid strategy
A health worker cycles through an empty street in Shanghai during the city’s ongoing lockdown
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The outlook for China’s zero-Covid strategy

WHO chief slams Beijing’s plan to eliminate virus as experts warn of 1.5m deaths
11 May 2022
The true story of Germany’s Covid-19 response
A woman cycles past the Reichstag in Berlin wearing a face mask in March 2020
Why we’re talking about . . .

The true story of Germany’s Covid-19 response

Once lauded for its rapid response, Berlin’s excess death rate is now higher than many of its neighbours
10 May 2022
Did Sweden’s Covid-19 experiment pay off?
One of Stockholm’s busiest shopping streets in February 2021
Between the lines

Did Sweden’s Covid-19 experiment pay off?

WHO data reveals Scandinavian country has lower excess death rate than many European nations
9 May 2022
Why are there so many Omicron sub-variants?
Covid-19 cells
Expert’s view

Why are there so many Omicron sub-variants?

Latest sub-variants of Covid-19 mutation are fuelling fresh waves of infections worldwide
9 May 2022
Does the WHO’s excess deaths data vindicate the UK?
A masked woman passes a Covid lockdown sign
Getting to grips with . . .

Does the WHO’s excess deaths data vindicate the UK?

New statistics suggest national death toll is similar to other European countries
6 May 2022
Arguments for and against calorie-count menus
Customers dining at a cafe
Pros and cons

Arguments for and against calorie-count menus

Restaurants and cafes face controversial new rules for their menus
4 May 2022
What is the chemtrails conspiracy?
Contrails cross the sky
Why we’re talking about . . .

What is the chemtrails conspiracy?

Theorists believe governments, big businesses or the UN may be behind a large-scale secret plot
4 May 2022
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