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The medical complexity of Covid -19
Understanding viral damage to the brain and heart
Food security, locusts and Covid -19
Efforts to eradicate locust swarms and save harvests continue despite the pandemic
Covid -19 hope for severe cases
A readily available drug prevents some deaths, and others may also be useful
Record high temperatures – in the Arctic
Siberia has seen 38 degrees Celsius, 100 degrees Fahrenheit
Covid -19 and Children
Why a minority become gravely ill is still a mystery
Rwanda’s game changing coronavirus test
African scientists have developed a reliable, quicker and cheaper mass testing method
How long do Covid-19 antibodies last?
New research on how long our defences against the coronavirus last.
Making a Covid-19 vaccine for two billion people
The challenge of making two billion Covid-19 vaccine doses within the year.
NASA rover heads for Mars ancient lake
NASA 2020 rover launched on fresh search for life on Mars
Counting the heat health threat from climate change
Huge death toll from rising temperatures projected for century’s end.
Putin’s Covid-19 vaccine
Despite widespread alarm, Russia is not about to roll out an untested vaccine.
Trouble in Greenland
Has the loss from Greenland’s vast ice sheet reached a tipping point?
Covid-19 therapy controversy
Is convalescent plasma really a ‘tremendous’ treatment for Covid-19?
Nyiragongo - is Goma under threat?
More than 2 million people live around this volcano, which has become more active
Covid -19 science versus politics
Are the politicians finally coming round to the scientist’s views on the way forward?
Malaria resistance breakthrough
Discovered in East Africa, the finding holds promise for completely new treatments.
Why Covid -19 vaccines may not stop transmission
They are only designed to prevent disease developing, none have been tested against spread
Are children the biggest Covid-19 spreaders?
The world’s largest study of Covid-19 transmission shows children have a major role.
Do Covid–19 mutations matter?
Results from the most detailed investigation to date into SARS –CoV-2 virus mutations
Why is there such a range in the number of deaths from Covid -19 between countries?
Nasa probe Osiris Rex lands on asteroid
Osiris Rex probe touches asteroid Bennu to sample secrets of the early solar system
Osiris Rex stows asteroid material
Successful closure of lid on Osiris Rex spacecraft
Coronavirus spreads from mink to humans
What does transmission of coronavirus from mink to humans mean for the future vaccine?
Covid-19 defeats US Marines
The virus spread amongst recruits despite a range of thorough precautions
Covid- 19 – Good news on immunity
After infection or vaccination immunity to the virus may be long lasting
Vaccines – the Covid confusion
The problems with incomplete or contradictory trial data published by press release.
Freak weather getting even freakier
This year has seen record-breaking Atlantic hurricanes, and now an Australian heatwave
The unchecked spread of Covid-19 in Manaus
Around three-quarters of the Brazilian city’s population are thought to have been infected
Covid -19 – Mutations are normal
Viral mutations happen all the time but we still need to be wary of their impact.
A year with Covid -19
Looking back on how the virus emerged and the scientific response
Coping with Covid
Making sense of a year of confusion
New variants of SARS-Cov2
SARS-Cov2: UK and South African new variants
Gravitational waves and black holes
Gravitational waves from colliding supermassive black holes
Saving the Northern White Rhino
Bringing back the Northern White Rhino from extinction
New Covid vaccine
Next-generation of RNA vaccine
Mixing Covid vaccines
Can Covid vaccines be mixed?
Perseverance approaches Mars
How Perseverance will land on Mars
Why is there snow in Texas?
Waste not, want not
Novel recycling to make new products
Uncovering history with Little Foot's skull
Neanderthal hearing, CO2 emissions in 2020, the Brazilian variant and scanning Little Foot
A shooting star parked on your driveway
A rare type of meteorite lands next to a rural UK house, and is now in professional hands
International science at sea
International research collaborations feel the pinch of UK cap on development spending
Science on the side of a new volcano
Fagradalsfjall, hints of leptoquark, and the 2020 rise of the preprint
Post-Covid outcomes after release from hospital
A third of people hospitalised for covid are readmitted sometime after discharge.
On the trail of rare blood clots
Scientists in the EU and the UK are looking out for rare blood clots in vaccinated people.
Rolling out the vaccines faster
Can more money speed up rollout?
Exponential increase in Indian covid cases
What’s behind the soaring numbers?
Melting glaciers, warming coffee and a Dragonfly on Titan
Melting glaciers, warming coffee and a Dragonfly on Titan.
Africa’s oldest burial
A fossilised child reveals an ancient caring society
Covid and clean air
How improving indoor air quality can prevent illness from many viruses
The robot arm that comes with feelings
Understanding the world’s "most dangerous volcano"
Zoonotic hotspots and where to find them
Researchers map where the riskiest areas are for viruses to jump from bats into humans.
Evolving viral variant trickery
Researchers describe mechanisms by which the virus variants are tricking our cells.
Doubling Earth’s energy imbalance
Nasa scientists find a doubling of our planet’s net solar energy absorption in 15 years
Tales of unexpected DNA data
A virologist uncovers more dots to join in the hunt for Covid’s origins.
Insects in incredible detail
New technology gives intricate 3D scans of insects
Human induced climate change heats up fast
The record-breaking recent Pacific North-West heatwave is attributable to humans.
Science when the funding dries up
The UK Government’s cap on Official Development Aid, and its consequences for science.
Your molecular machinery, now in 3D
DeepMind publishes 350,000 of the structures which make all living things tick.
The earliest traces of animal life on earth.
Do rocks found in Canada show animal life 350 million years older than any found before?
Why we should expect more sudden extreme temperatures
Methane: A climate solution?
Can reductions in this potent greenhouse gas help keep global temperature rises down?
Seismic citizen science in Hispaniola
Is there more to come from the Haitian earthquake fault system?
World’s first DNA Covid vaccine
Authorities in India approve a new type of needle-free triple-dose vaccine
Hurricane season intensifies
Climate change increases the havoc caused by Hurricane Ida across parts of the US.
Keep most fossil fuel in ground to meet 1.5 degree goal
Unexploited oil, gas and coal reserves must stay in the ground to avert temperature rise
Ebola can remain dormant for five years
Ebola infections can re-emerge after five years, and cause new outbreaks
New evidence for Sars-CoV-2’s origin in bats
Study of bats in Laos has identified viruses with a similar spike protein to Sars-CoV-2
Drug resistant malaria found in East Africa
The spread of resistance to one of the most important anti-malarials
Youngest rock samples from the moon
Youngest samples from lava flows on the moon returned by Chang’e-5 mission
Wetlands under attack
The invasive cordgrass taking over China’s coastal wetlands.
Red blood cells’ surprising immune function
New research reveals red blood cells form part of the body’s immune defence.
Can we still avoid climate catastrophe?
The UNEP Emissions Gap Report reveals we need to do more to reach our climate goals.
Jet fuel from thin air
A solar powered solution to emissions creates aviation fuel from atmospheric gases
Bambi got Covid
Why the discovery of Covid 19 in white-tail deer has implications for climate policy
The end for coal power?
The fossil fuel is on target to be replaced with renewables in both India and China.
Deliberately doomed dart
The sacrificial space mission designed to protect the Earth from asteroid impact.
Omicron, racism and trust
How the global political response to the new variant is hampering science in Africa
Can the weather trigger a volcano?
The eruption of Semeru in Java was linked to heavy rain
Omicron’s rapid replication rate
Omicron replicates seventy times faster than earlier variants.
Omicron – mild or monster?
Cases of the latest coronavirus variant are mild, so far – but that’s not the whole story
2021: The year of variants
The year began with Alpha, and ends with Omicron. What have we learnt?
Corbevax – A vaccine for the world?
Could a cheap and conventional vaccine for Covid-19 end the pandemic?
Have we got it wrong on Omicron?
It seems to be no more viable than the earlier delta variant
Tonga eruption – how it happened
Why a small volcanic eruption had a global impact