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David Frost says EU close to breaching Brexit deal over science programme

Minister ‘quite concerned’ about delay to finalising UK’s participation in €80bn Horizon Europe schemeA fresh Brexit row has been blown open with Brussels after David Frost accused the EU of being close to breaching the trade deal struck last Christmas.He said the UK was “getting quite concerned” about Brussels delaying ratification of the UK’s participation in the €80bn (£67bn)...

Maskless ministers are peddling dangerous nonsense | Letters

Dr Karen Postle says Tory MPs’ views on masks would be mildly amusing if it weren’t for the gravely serious consequences, while Susannah Kipling despairs that ‘virtue’ is being hijacked as a term of abuse. Plus letters from Emma Blashford-Snell, Mike Terry, Rosemary Gill and Christine GallagherAre Tory ministers vying with one another in a contest to portray the most libertarian, populist...

Alien false alarm: ‘Extraterrestrial’ radio signals turn out to be human

Australia’s Parkes Observatory detected an ET-like pattern that suggested something was out there. But it was just a case of mixed signalsGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingAstronomers searching for alien life thought they’d spotted signs of intelligence beyond the solar system – but the signals turned out to be human.Parkes Observatory’s Murriyang radio telescope...

Singing lemurs have a distinctly human sense of rhythm, study finds

Indris sound like ‘bagpipes being stepped on’ but their 1:2 beats are the first to be identified in non-human mammalsThey have fluffy ears, a penetrating stare and a penchant for monogamy. But it turns out that indris – a large, critically endangered species of lemur – have an even more fascinating trait: an unexpected sense of rhythm.Indri indri are known for their distinctive singing, a...

The last great mystery of the mind: meet the people who have unusual – or non-existent – inner voices

Does your internal monologue play out on a television, in an attic, as a bickering Italian couple – or is it entirely, blissfully silent? Claudia*, a sailor from Lichfield in her late 30s, is not Italian. She has never been to Italy. She has no Italian family or friends. And she has no idea why a belligerent Italian couple have taken over her inner voice, duking it out in Claudia’s brain while...

Archaeologists find ‘missing link’ in history of Fountains Abbey

Discovery of foundations of ‘industrial scale’ medieval tannery at abbey has astonished expertsIt is Britain’s biggest and most famous monastic ruin and one that conjures up bucolic images of peace, reflection and very little noise apart, perhaps, from the occasional waft of Gregorian chanting.In reality, archaeologists have revealed, Fountains Abbey near Ripon was as busy, noisy and...

Starwatch: how to see Pegasus the winged horse

Seventh-largest constellation is most easily spotted by finding the square denoting the horse’s bodyWe began the month with a look at the constellation of Cassiopeia, the vain queen who inspired the wrath of Poseidon, so we will end it with a look at another constellation derived from that same myth: Pegasus, the winged horse.In the Greek myth, the hero Perseus rode Pegasus to the shoreline to...

British scientists being ‘frozen out’ of EU research due to NI row, claims MP

Bill Cash says UK still not being made full member of Horizon Europe science programme linked to dispute over NI protocolUK scientists are being “frozen out” of the £80bn EU research programme Horizon Europe because of the ongoing dispute over the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol, a House of Lords committee has claimed.Participation in the science research programme is being hampered by the...


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Coronavirus live: UK A&Es in ‘terrible place’ as chancellor rejects calls for immediate ‘plan B’

Latest updates: medical leader says emergency departments are struggling to cope as Rishi Sunak says Covid numbers don’t suggest action needed todayUK government paving way to bring in ‘plan B’ Covid rulesDarker skies and colder weather are perfect conditions for Covid to thriveRussia sees record deaths as country prepares for new curbsSee all our coronavirus coverageChina has given complete...

Mystery of the environmental triggers for cancer deepens

Study shows that our knowledge of why tumours form is still inadequateScientists will have to rethink how environmental triggers allow tumours to form and develop, one of Britain’s leading cancer experts warned last week. Michael Stratton, director of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, said recent results from an international cancer research study – which aimed to pinpoint environmental triggers...