23 articles from SUNDAY 11.6.2023

‘I wish I could be her hero’: the teenage sweethearts who faced motor neurone disease together

When Justin and Rachel Yerbury met as teenagers, they had no idea that he would become a world-leading scientist – studying a disease that would cause his own tragic declineGet our weekend culture and lifestyle emailFew people who make vows to stay together in sickness and in health give the words a second thought.For Rachel Yerbury, the promise she exchanged with her husband, Justin, back in...

Greenhouse gas emissions are at an all-time high and Earth is warming faster than ever, says researcher

Greenhouse gas emissions are at an all-time high, with yearly emissions equivalent to 54 billion tons of carbon dioxide. Humanity has caused surface temperatures to warm by 1.14°C since the late 1800s—and this warming is increasing at an unprecedented rate of over 0.2°C per decade. The highest temperatures recorded over land (what climate scientists refer to as maximum land surface...

Crocodile's 'virgin birth' is a first for science's history books

Stories of virgin births, where young are produced without fertilization, have been told throughout history. Mars the ancient Roman god, Horus the ancient Egyptian god and Qi from ancient Chinese mythology were all born to virgins. But virgin births actually do happen in the natural world.

Ready for your crapsule? Faecal transplants could play a huge role in future medicine

An effective treatment for a whole raft of diseases, from irritable bowel syndrome to arthritis and even Alzheimer’s, comes from the most unlikely of sources – human poo. James Kinross explains the role gut biomes play in our healthAs a nation, we British are obsessed with our gut function, largely because it has never been unhealthier. I spend large parts of my working day talking to patients...

‘I started to unravel’: Why do so many women over 40 struggle with stress?

I coped with kids and a busy career, so why was I suddenly overwhelmed?Have you found out about your windows of tolerance yet: those moments when you feel fully capable of handling any stress life throws at you? Our tolerance shrinks and expands to suit our needs, but these “windows of tolerance” are a funny thing for women, as I have just discovered, because they unexpectedly disappear when...

Graeme Souness: ‘We all take things for granted. I’ll try and be a better person’

The former football enforcer and pundit is a changed man since learning of a girl’s harrowing torment caused by a genetic disorder“I’m struggling right now,” Graeme Souness says quietly, his eyes swimming while he tries to hold back the tears as he thinks of Isla Grist, a 14-year-old girl from Inverness, and the stoicism she shows amid almost unbearable suffering. Isla has epidermolysis...

We loved the Phillip Schofield drama because we enjoy watching people suffer | Martha Gill

We’ve come a long way since buying tickets for public hangings but our blood lust is never far below the surfaceLast week, I went to Gloucestershire to watch the annual cheese rolling, an event at which people hurl themselves down a very steep hill after a wheel of double gloucester. This silly-sounding tradition began perhaps 600 years ago – a sort of Alton Towers for the 15th century – and...

Ignoring the science: we do it at our peril – over Covid and the environment | Observer letters

The role of industrial farming in wrecking the climate and biodiversity has been given woefully limited attentionWhy wasn’t the science followed during Covid-19 (Editorial)? For the same reason we aren’t following the science to tackle the existential crises we are facing – short-term economic and political considerations. We are literally destroying our home, yet industrial farming – a...