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Gold miner in Canada finds mummified 35,000-year-old woolly mammoth

Discovery in the Klondike ranks as the most complete mummified mammal found in the AmericasIt was a young miner, digging through the northern Canadian permafrost in the seemingly aptly named Eureka Creek, who sounded the alarm when his front-end loader struck something unexpected in the Klondike gold fields.What he had stumbled upon would later be described by the territory’s palaeontologist as...

Frogs that lay eggs on land – new genus named after WA teacher whose lab was a campervan

Anstisia biological group named after Marion Antsis, who wrote an acclaimed book on amphibians after retiring as a music teacherFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingFour frog species in Western Australia that lay their eggs on land have been identified as a new genus and named after a retired high school music...

Can our mitochondria help to beat long Covid?

Mitochondria are the body’s power plants, fuelling our cells. New research shows they play a role in many aspects of keeping us healthy – and could be the key to unlocking treatments for chronic diseases, including Parkinson’sAt Cambridge University’s MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, Michal Minczuk is one of a growing number of scientists around the world aiming to find new ways of...

How I cope with feelings of envy by saying the Arabic word ‘mashallah’

How the phrase ‘what God has willed has happened’ helped me shift feelings of jealousy towards admiration and respectI don’t feel envy very often and that isn’t because I don’t know anyone who is worthy of it. The people in my life are nothing short of brilliant. My friends and family are talented writers whose books and magazines I display proudly on my shelves. They are erudite...

Johnson faces possible legal action over delay to Covid public inquiry

Campaigners say they will seek judicial review amid fears delay could lead to loss of evidenceBoris Johnson is facing possible legal action over a delay to the start of the Covid-19 public inquiry, which campaigners fear could lead to evidence being destroyed.The prime minister pledged in parliament that the statutory inquiry into the UK’s handling of the pandemic, which has so far resulted in...

Vaccinologist Sarah Gilbert: ‘We need to be better prepared for a new pandemic’

The woman who co-developed the AstraZeneca vaccine on reassuring doubters, her new book and having a baby penguin named after herDame Sarah Gilbert, 60, is a professor of vaccinology at Oxford’s Jenner Institute and author, with Catherine Green, head of Oxford University’s clinical biomanufacturing facility, of Vaxxers – a gripping narrative about developing the AstraZeneca vaccine that is...

Brain damage claim leads to new row over electroshock therapy

Experts divided on effectiveness of ECT and concerned by overuse in women and the elderly It is one of the most dramatic techniques employed in modern psychology. An electric shock is administered directly to the brains of individuals who are suffering from depression.But electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is controversial among some psychologists and is now the focus of a huge row – which erupted...

First of three Nasa rockets to take off from Northern Territory space centre

Rocket carrying instruments to study the evolution of the universe will be Nasa’s first launch from commercial port outside USGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe first of three Nasa rockets scheduled to launch from the Northern Territory is due to take off on Sunday night, carrying precision instruments that will give scientists new data on the evolution of the cosmos.If all...


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Britain is being hit by a new wave of Covid – so what do we do now?

Health experts answer the key questions arising from the latest surge in infectionsBritain is now going through its third major wave of Covid-19 infections this year. According to the ONS Infection Survey released last week, about 1.7 million people in the UK are estimated to have been infected in the week ending 18 June, a 23% rise on the previous week. This follows a 43% jump the previous week....

Sleep scientist Russell Foster: ‘I want to take the anxiety around sleep away’

The Oxford professor has studied our circadian rhythms for decades – and says much of what we think we know is wrongBorn in Aldershot in 1959, Russell Foster is a professor of circadian neuroscience at Oxford and the director of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology. For his discovery of non-rod, non-cone ocular photoreceptors he received numerous awards including the Zoological Society...


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Our global food supply is at risk when high gas prices limit the creation of fertiliser | Andrew Whitelaw

We need synthetic fertilisers to produce enough food for the world’s population – there are no other alternatives yetSign up for the Rural Network email newsletterJoin the Rural Network group on Facebook to be part of the communityIf water is the source of life, fertiliser is the source of scaleable food production.The increasing cost of fertiliser is one of the largest contributors to a...

US to proceed with production of biofuels despite global food crisis

Campaigners call to prioritise grain for human consumption over its use as a fuelThe US will press ahead with biofuels production, the deputy secretary for agriculture has said, despite increasing concerns over a global food crisis, and calls from campaigners to prioritise grain for human consumption over its use as a fuel.Jewel Bronaugh, the deputy secretary of agriculture, said US farmers could...

Go fish: Danish scientists work on fungi-based seafood substitute

Team call in Michelin-starred restaurant to help crack challenge of mimicking texture of seafood From plant-based meat that “bleeds” to milk grown in a lab, fake meats and dairy have come a long way in recent years. But there is another alternative that scientists are training their sights on, one with the most challenging texture to recreate of all: seafood.Scientists in Copenhagen are...

The Guardian view on Paul McCartney at Glastonbury: a state occasion | Editorial

At 80 years old, the one-time Beatle offers a vision of optimism and empathy just as moving as the pageantry of the platinum jubileeA week has passed since Paul McCartney’s 80th birthday, and on Saturday he will play to a huge crowd at the Glastonbury festival. The great surge of reminiscence and celebration these two events have triggered – not least online, where millions of pictures,...