41 articles from SUNDAY 2.5.2021

‘We are ecstatic!’: a taste of post-Covid freedom at Liverpool pilot gig

Event at Sefton Park attended by 5,000 people with no distancing or masks as part of research programmeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first “near-normal” concert since Covid began is taking place in Liverpool on Sunday, with 5,000 giddy music lovers crowding into a festival tent with no masks and no social distancing.All had agreed to act as guinea pigs for...

Free will debate rages on, or is it all an illusion? | Letters

Readers reflect on the role of chance, randomness and responsibility in their own livesWhat high-quality letters (29 April) on free will. My A-level psychology students always found this fascinating and usually thought that free will was obvious until they had examined their own lives and realised that “soft determinism”, well-expounded by Robert Dimmick, was the likely answer. However, there...

Investors flock to life sciences as UK sector breaks funding record

Covid crisis spurs growing interest in drugmakers, diagnostics and medical equipment firmsUK drugmakers, diagnostics, medical equipment and other life sciences companies have raised £10.6bn from private funding rounds and stock market flotations in the first three months of the year, more than half of last year’s record total, according to a report.Last year, investment into life sciences...

Will Virgin Galactic ever lift off?

It’s taken 17 years, with many setbacks and some deaths, and still Richard Branson’s space mission is yet to launchRichard Branson was running almost 15 years late. But as we rode into the Mojave desert on the morning of 12 December 2018, he was feeling upbeat and untroubled by the past. He wore jeans, a leather jacket and the easy smile of someone used to being behind schedule.Branson...

SpaceX returns astronauts to Earth in rare night-time splashdown – video

SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first US crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot in 1968. The Dragon capsule parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City, Florida, just before 3am, ending the second astronaut flight for Elon Musk’s companySpaceX returns four astronauts to Earth in darkness...

Coronavirus live news: England could end self-isolation with daily test; India sees record number of deaths

Latest updates: pilot scheme could see end of self-isolation for Covid contacts; deaths in India jump by 3,689 on SundayAct now to prevent oxygen shortage in Covid-hit countries, say campaignersUK: government taskforce urges permanent job flexibility for all workersUS decline in Covid vaccinations presents new problem: how to shrink operationsPoor countries need billions in aid to avert Covid...

SpaceX returns four astronauts to Earth in darkness

Capsule parachutes into Gulf of Mexico at 3am, the first night-time US crew splashdown since 1968SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first US crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot.The Dragon capsule parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City, Florida, just before 3am, ending the second astronaut...

A drop of hope: new poetry exhibition celebrates power of Covid vaccine

Works inspired by messages from staff, volunteers and jab recipients will go on display at the Francis Crick Institute in LondonCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThroughout the pandemic, the Francis Crick Institute in London has been closely involved: first with the research, and then with the fightback, once it had opened as a key vaccination hub. But from this...

Glacial lakes threaten millions with flooding as planet heats up

More than 12,000 deaths have already been attributed to glacial lake outburst floods worldwideAn increasing number of people are being threatened by flooding caused by glacial lakes bursting, scientists have warned.As the planet warms and glaciers recede, meltwater accumulates and forms lakes, often as a result of ice or moraine acting as a dam. Since 1990, the volume, area and number of these...