23 articles from SUNDAY 4.2.2024

Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko sets world record for most time spent in space

Russian surpasses compatriot Gennady Padalka after logging more than 878 days at the international space stationA Russian cosmonaut has set a world record for the most time spent in space on Sunday, after logging more than 878 days or nearly two-and-a-half years.As of 0830 GMT, Oleg Kononenko overtook the record set by his compatriot Gennady Padalka, according to Russia’s space corporation...

Beware the side of the brain that plumps for Trump | Letters

Janet Dubé, Hazel Davies and Peter Emerson respond to a piece by George Monbiot on the psychology of voters’ supportGeorge Monbiot suggests we can see human values as clustering around two poles, extrinsic and intrinsic (To beat Trump, we need to know why Americans keep voting for him. Psychologists may have the answer, 29 January). There might be something more at play.In 1980, physicist David...

AI helps reveal the ancient origin story of floral colors

New research led by Monash University experts used computer simulations to reveal the ancient link between bees and the evolution of colors in flowers. The research, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, simulated the landscape of the first flowering plants from many tens of millions of years ago, to test their visibility to pollinators like bees and birds.

Loss of confidence at work can be debilitating but it doesn’t have to be a life sentence | Gaynor Parkin and Amanda Wallis

Switching off at home, mastering hobbies and greater control over workload can all help improve self-doubt at workThe modern mind is a column where experts discuss mental health issues they are seeing in their work“I’m not sure I can ever get my confidence back. Do you think I can?”Simon* was visibly distressed asking me this question. An experienced mental health professional, he was more...

‘Gloom is good’: after my wife died I found solace in poetry and music

You can’t fight death, sickness, ageing and life’s various indignities, but you can play very loud rock’n’rollEvery morning my older daughter calls from London. “What you doing today?” Erm… she’s most solicitous. She’s really checking in to check that I’m not checking out – that I haven’t woken up dead or had a stroke or a dizzy spell or plunged down some stairs or...

First UK patients receive experimental messenger RNA cancer therapy

The British clinical trial of the revolutionary new mRNA treatment will test its effectiveness in combating a range of cancersA revolutionary new cancer treatment known as mRNA therapy has been administered to patients at Hammersmith hospital in west London. The trial has been set up to evaluate the therapy’s safety and effectiveness in treating melanoma, lung cancer and other solid tumours.The...