Science & Health

Bruce Willis retires: what is aphasia?
Bruce Willis
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Bruce Willis retires: what is aphasia?

Film star ‘stepping away’ from acting due to brain condition that affects ability to communicate
31 Mar 2022
How have some people avoided getting Covid?
A member of the public takes a Covid-19 test
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How have some people avoided getting Covid?

Experts have various theories about why some have swerved the virus while others have been infected multiple times
30 Mar 2022
How the UK’s biggest maternity scandal unfolded
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How the UK’s biggest maternity scandal unfolded

Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust had a ‘dysfunctional culture’ that led to deaths of babies
30 Mar 2022
The Week Unwrapped: Happiness, Child Q and school uniforms
Reindeer safari in Lapland
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The Week Unwrapped: Happiness, Child Q and school uniforms

What makes a country happy? Why are the police strip-searching children? And do school uniforms have a future?
25 Mar 2022
The UK’s Covid timeline: key dates in the pandemic
Boris Johnson addresses the nation on 23 March 2020
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The UK’s Covid timeline: key dates in the pandemic

Two years have passed since the country was plunged into lockdown
23 Mar 2022
Has Covid become less dangerous than flu?
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Has Covid become less dangerous than flu?

New figures suggest Covid-19 poses lower death risk but experts warn against complacency
17 Mar 2022
The epidemic of anti-Asian hate
The US and Chinese flags flying over Chinatown in New York City
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The epidemic of anti-Asian hate

Hate crimes against Asians up by more than 300% in US as Covid pandemic fuels tensions
17 Mar 2022
The true Covid-19 global death toll
French medical staff move a Covid-19 patient
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The true Covid-19 global death toll

Pandemic may have claimed three times as many lives as previously thought
11 Mar 2022
Are we close to developing a variant-proof Covid-19 vaccine?
A man receiving the Covid jab
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Are we close to developing a variant-proof Covid-19 vaccine?

Promising jabs are being developed in UK and US labs that could combat any new Covid-19 strain
11 Mar 2022
Pros and cons of privatising the NHS
NHS sign
Pros and cons

Pros and cons of privatising the NHS

Long-running debate ‘rears its head’ whenever new legislation’s proposed or there’s an election
10 Mar 2022
What happened to Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance ship?
The Endurance wreck
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What happened to Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance ship?

Scientists on the SA Agulhas II have found the famous wreck almost perfectly preserved
9 Mar 2022
The latest Covid stats after isolation scrapped
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The latest Covid stats after isolation scrapped

Infections have doubled and hospitalisations are rising in all English regions
9 Mar 2022
Can life really flash before our eyes?
Brain neurons
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Can life really flash before our eyes?

Researchers have found that some brain waves change pattern even after blood stops flowing to the brain
7 Mar 2022
Birds, podcasts and painless nostalgia
Birds on a car
Podcasts

Birds, podcasts and painless nostalgia

Why did a flock of blackbirds plunge to their death? Are big-money deals changing the podcast landscape? And can nostalgia alleviate physical pain?
4 Mar 2022
How will war with Russia impact Ukraine’s Covid-19 battle?
Patients in a bomb shelter underneath a Kyiv maternity hospital
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How will war with Russia impact Ukraine’s Covid-19 battle?

Kyiv facing twin threat of military invasion and rising coronavirus infections
4 Mar 2022
What the pandemic is doing to our brains
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What the pandemic is doing to our brains

Scientists want to explore whether the stress of Covid-19 has changed people’s cognitive function
3 Mar 2022
Medals, lizards and vibe shifts
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Medals, lizards and vibe shifts

Why did a US-born athlete choose to compete for China? How do lizards shed their tales? And are we ready for a vibe shift?
25 Feb 2022
The end of home abortions
Home abortion pills
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The end of home abortions

‘Pill by post’ legislation had been introduced in March 2020 in response to pandemic
24 Feb 2022
Will lateral flow tests end up on the black market?
Lateral flow tests
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Will lateral flow tests end up on the black market?

Announcement that free tests will end triggers stockpiling from pharmacies
23 Feb 2022
Is the UK ready to begin ‘living with Covid’?
Woman wearing mask on the London Underground
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Is the UK ready to begin ‘living with Covid’?

Government will emphasise personal responsibility over blanket regulations as it lifts all legal restrictions
21 Feb 2022
How the Queen may be treated for ‘mild’ Covid
The Queen
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How the Queen may be treated for ‘mild’ Covid

Newly approved oral antiviral drugs could aid the monarch’s recovery
21 Feb 2022
Exploring South Korea’s new Covid strategy
South Koreans line up to get tested for Covid-19
In Depth

Exploring South Korea’s new Covid strategy

Government has changed tack to prioritise the elderly and vulnerable
21 Feb 2022
How Nasa plans to destroy the ISS
International Space Station (ISS) orbits above Earth
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How Nasa plans to destroy the ISS

The US space agency faces a series of challenges to decommission the ISS without endangering lives on Earth
21 Feb 2022
Why world leaders refused to give Russia their DNA
Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron host a joint press conference in Moscow
Stranger than fiction

Why world leaders refused to give Russia their DNA

Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz ruled out using Kremlin PCR tests during recent visits
18 Feb 2022
Are we all addicted to sugar?
Sugar lumps on a spoon
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Are we all addicted to sugar?

Our reliance on the sweet stuff has been compared to cocaine and gambling addictions
17 Feb 2022
Why Elon Musk is facing claims of animal cruelty
Elon Musk speaks during the Satellite 2020 conference.
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Why Elon Musk is facing claims of animal cruelty

Billionaire’s technology firm forced to deny ‘cruel treatment of macaque monkeys’
16 Feb 2022
The Overview podcast: Why have MMR vaccination rates dropped?
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The Overview podcast: Why have MMR vaccination rates dropped?

Experts explore why fewer people are getting inoculated against some of the world's most infectious diseases
16 Feb 2022
The argument over free Covid-19 testing
Lateral flow tests
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The argument over free Covid-19 testing

Free lateral flow and PCR tests could be scrapped in England by March
15 Feb 2022
Could speeding up the UK’s Covid-19 infections end the pandemic quicker?
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Could speeding up the UK’s Covid-19 infections end the pandemic quicker?

UCL professor says removing restrictions is best way to ‘reduce serious illness and death’
14 Feb 2022
The plan to scrap the UK’s ONS Covid survey
A sample of a Covid test
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The plan to scrap the UK’s ONS Covid survey

Experts suggest ‘world’s best surveillance system’ could protect against future pandemics
14 Feb 2022
What is Lassa fever?
A healthcare worker in West Africa during an outbreak of the virus in 2014
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What is Lassa fever?

British patient dies of virus that causes bleeding eyes and facial swelling
11 Feb 2022
Is removing Covid self-isolation rules ‘victory or surrender’?
A member of the public takes a Covid-19 test
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Is removing Covid self-isolation rules ‘victory or surrender’?

Plan to scrap quarantine requirement entirely is either ‘very brave or very stupid’
11 Feb 2022
The latest nuclear fusion breakthrough explained
Nuclear fusion reactor
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The latest nuclear fusion breakthrough explained

‘Landmark results’ in quest for infinite power with zero carbon emissions
10 Feb 2022
The plans to scrap self-isolation
Self-isolation
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The plans to scrap self-isolation

PM wants to scrap mandatory quarantine by the end of the month but critics question his motivation
9 Feb 2022
Why Omicron in deer may ‘haunt us in the future’
White tailed deer
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Why Omicron in deer may ‘haunt us in the future’

Researchers say infected wild deer on Staten Island could become a ‘reservoir’ for the coronavirus
9 Feb 2022
Do Israel’s Covid deaths bode ill for the UK?
Medical workers on an isolation ward at the Ziv Medical Centre, Safed
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Do Israel’s Covid deaths bode ill for the UK?

'Vaccine star of the pandemic' has recorded steep hike in coronavirus-related fatalities in recent weeks
8 Feb 2022
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