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How a cancer diagnosis inspired a fresh outlook for one young musician

At the age of just 22, the very last thing you want to hear is that you have stage 4 cancer, but for some people the only response is to tackle it head on – which is just what Ellie Edna Rose-Davies didI barely noticed it at first. A bump on the right side of my neck, small but definite. I was 22 and had no health issues (I’d never even broken a bone), so I didn’t think much of the lump. But...

Robin Wall Kimmerer: ‘Mosses are a model of how we might live’

The moss scientist and bestselling author reveals the secrets of these primitive plants – and what they might teach us about surviving the climate crisisRobin Wall Kimmerer can recall almost to the day when she first fell under the unlikely spell of moss. “It’s kind of embarrassing,” she says. “I’ve always been engaged with plants, because I grew up in the countryside. That was my...


FRIDAY 18. JUNE 2021


Footprints of possibly last dinosaurs to walk Britain found in Kent

Scientists find fossilised footprints of multiple dinosaur species preserved by sediment in FolkestoneFootprints of what could be the last dinosaurs to have walked in Britain have been found in Kent, researchers say.About 66m years ago, an asteroid hit the Earth and wiped out much of the Earth’s dinosaurs. But flooding rendered Britain’s dinosaurs extinct much earlier: about 110m years ago....

Drinking straw device ‘instant’ cure for hiccups say scientists

Sipping water through an L-shaped ‘suction and swallow tool’ cured 92% of attacks, according to studyFrom holding your breath to having a friend shout “boo!”, there is no shortage of alleged cures for hiccups. Now scientists say they have found a better solution: a drinking straw device.When you get hiccups – or singultus as they are known in medicine – the diaphragm and intercostal...

‘They’re not treating us as small men’: Team GB women get the right bras

Female Olympic athletes have been fitted with individually designed sports bras to enhance performanceAs Tokyo hopefuls debate the marginal gains afforded by Vaporfly running shoes, Britain’s sportswomen have been keeping another secret weapon close to their chests.In the drive for marginal performance gains, female members of Team GB and Paralympics GB have been fitted with specially designed...

In hunt for Covid’s origin, new studies point away from lab leak theory

Amid the heavily politicised debate, a lot of evidence now points to a natural spillover event – but other causes cannot be ruled outCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic has raised so many questions as it has continued its inexorable spread across the planet, but perhaps the first of them remains the most contentious: where did Sars-CoV-2 come...

China’s space station launch – in pictures

A Chinese spaceship carrying a three-person crew has docked with the country’s new space station at the start of three-month mission, marking a milestone in its ambitious space programme. The mission is China’s first manned spaceflight in almost five years Continue reading...

Cases of Covid Delta variant in UK rise over 75,000 – PHE data

Figures show Delta is more transmissible and more resistant to vaccine than AlphaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe total number of cases of the Covid Delta variant in the UK has risen to 75,953 to date, data has revealed, with the variant now accounting for 99% of Covid cases.Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant, combined with relaxations in coronavirus...

Mysterious coelacanth fish can live for 100 years – study

Research sheds more light on the giant ‘living fossils’ once thought extinct but which have survived since the age of the dinosaurs The coelacanth – a giant, mysterious fish that has survived since the time of the dinosaurs – can live for 100 years, a study has found.The slow-moving fish, which grow to be the size of a human, are nicknamed a “living fossil”, and also grow at a very...


THURSDAY 17. JUNE 2021


Wales delays easing Covid restrictions by four weeks

Pause will allow 500,000 more vaccine doses to be given to curtail spread of Delta variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThere is to be a four-week pause in the relaxing of Covid restrictions in Wales, the first minister, Mark Drakeford, will confirm on Friday.More than half a million doses of vaccine are to be deployed over the coming month in an attempt to head off...

Earth is trapping ‘unprecedented’ amount of heat, Nasa says

Scientists from agency and Noaa say Earth’s ‘energy imbalance’ roughly doubled from 2005 to 2019 in ‘alarming’ wayThe Earth is trapping nearly twice as much heat as it did in 2005, according to new research. One scientist involved in this research described this as an “unprecedented” increase, amid the climate crisis.Scientists from Nasa, the US space agency, and the National Oceanic...

UK Covid: Whitty says he expects further surge in winter; more than 11,000 new cases recorded – as it happened

Whitty says a Covid surge is under way and that cases would continue to rise for the next few weeks; UK records 11,007 new cases. This live blog is now closed – please follow the global coronavirus live blog for updatesCovid cases in England doubling every 11 daysGovernment could make working from home ‘default’ optionScotland was eight hours from running out of PPE in first waveWind...

Previous Covid infection may not offer long-term protection, study finds

Research found marked differences in immune response of medical staff six months after contracting virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePrevious infection with coronavirus does not necessarily protect against Covid in the longer term, especially when caused by new variants of concern, a study on healthcare workers suggests.Researchers at Oxford University found marked...

Ageing process is irreversible, finds unprecedented study

Scientists find although longevity rises with medical advances, humans have not found way to slow rate of ageingImmortality and everlasting youth are the stuff of myths, according to new research which may finally end the eternal debate about whether we can live for ever.Backed by governments, business, academics and investors in an industry worth $110bn (£82.5bn) – and estimated to be worth...

Vaccine nationalism is killing us. We need an internationalist approach

We must develop a common plan to produce and distribute vaccines for all. That’s the only way to end this pandemicWe have the power to end this pandemic. We have the technology, materials and productive capacity to vaccinate the world against Covid-19 this year. We can save millions of lives, protect billions of livelihoods and reclaim trillions of dollars worth of economic activity along the...

How do we learn to live with Covid?

Lockdown extension brings questions on when and how UK can draw a line under social distancingThe Commons vote to delay step four of England’s roadmap out of lockdown has focused attention on when and how the country can draw a line under social distancing and, in the words of the prime minister, “learn to live with the virus”.While the surge in cases in Blackburn – one of the original...

China launches three astronauts towards new space station – video

China has launched three astronauts into orbit ahead of their arrival to the country's partially-constructed space station. The trio will spend three months in low Earth orbit in what is China's first crewed mission in nearly five years and will dock with the main section of the Tianhe space station that was launched in late-April. The astronauts' stay will coincide with marking the 100th...

First astronauts blast off for China’s new space station

Hugely prestigious event for China as Beijing prepares to mark 100th anniversary of ruling Communist partyThe first astronauts for China’s new space station are due to blast off for the country’s longest crewed mission to date, a landmark step in establishing Beijing as a major space power.The trio will launch on a Long March-2F rocket for the Tiangong station, where they will spend three...

‘Gamechanging’ £10m environmental DNA project to map life in world’s rivers

eBioAtlas programme aims to identify fish, birds, amphibians and land animals in freshwater systems from the Ganges to the MekongConcealed by the turbid, swirling waters of the Amazon, the Mekong and the Congo, the biodiversity of the world’s great rivers has largely remained a mystery to scientists. But now a multimillion-pound project aims to describe and identify the web of life in major...


WEDNESDAY 16. JUNE 2021


MPs vote 461 to 60 in favour of extending social restrictions in England to 19 July – as it happened

Latest updates: 60 MPs vote against government plans while former special adviser Dominic Cummings publishes messages purporting to show PM’s criticism of health secretary Matt HancockTory MPs speak out against delaying lifting of final restrictionsCummings texts show Johnson calling Matt Hancock ‘totally hopeless’PM plans to leave No 10 two years after next election, Cummings claimsAnalysis...

Sage adviser and bagpiper premieres Covid-inspired musical work

Piece featuring bagpipe solo by one of government’s scientific advisers aims to capture collaborative nature of experts’ workCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA musical composition inspired by research into the Covid pandemic and featuring a bagpipe solo by one of the government’s scientific advisers is to have its world premiere on Thursday.Prof Calum Semple, one...

Prince Harry is doing a special trauma therapy called EMDR. It worked for me | Christina Wyman

Harry has said that living with the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales makes him feel ‘helpless’ and ‘hunted’. I’ve been thereIn an interview last month with Oprah for their jointly produced docuseries about mental health, The Me You Can’t See, Prince Harry made a deeply personal disclosure. Harry said he sought a special therapy program, EMDR, to process the death of his...

All care home staff in England should have Covid vaccine, says minister

But Liz Truss refuses to confirm reports ministers are poised to make it mandatory for staff to get jabCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAll care home staff in England should be vaccinated, a senior government minister has urged, saying she would not want her own relatives to be looked after by unvaccinated carers.Speaking on behalf of the government on Wednesday, the...

The Delta variant is spreading. What does it mean for the US?

Covid-19 cases have fallen far below the winter peak, but the Delta variant has roughly doubled every two weeks in the USScientists in the United States are anxiously watching the Delta variant of Covid-19, as it spreads through an unevenly vaccinated American public and an economy that is rapidly reopening.The Delta variant, first identified as B.1.617.2 in India, is believed to be more...