The Week Unwrapped: Catfishing, malaria and timelessness
Why are dating scams on the rise? Have scientists made a breakthrough in the battle against malaria? And can humans live without a sense of time?
Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days.
In this week’s episode, we discuss:
Romance fraud has been on the rise throughout the pandemic, with £220m lost last year in the US to dating-related scams - up 50% on the year before - and the trend in the UK following a similar trajectory. As Covid-19 continues to push people online for their social and dating needs, crime agencies fear scammers around the world will continue to target the isolated and the lonely.
Malaria kills 400,000 people, mostly children in sub-Saharan Africa, every year. The search for a vaccine has been going on for more than 40 years, with very disappointing results. But now it seems that victory could be in sight: a new vaccine has shown excellent results in tests in Burkina Faso.
A group of 15 people have left a cave in south-west France after 40 days of voluntary isolation to see how a lack of clocks and external contact would affect their sense of time. So what can project Deep Time tell us about the human brain?