feed info

29,813 articles from Guardian Unlimited Science

US funding website spreading Covid-19 disinformation

State Department-backed Armenian project to promote democracy instead features false informationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US government is funding a website in Armenia which is spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, including warnings that Armenians ought to “refuse” future vaccine programmes.The website, Medmedia.am, was launched with...

How will No 10 decide to reopen schools without risking second wave?

Analysis of rate of transmission, NHS 111 calls and Google location data will inform next stepsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government’s plan to ease the lockdown will be confirmed in an official review that Downing Street expects will give the all clear for schools to begin reopening next week. No 10 said the proposed steps for England should be...

GSK to produce 1bn doses of coronavirus vaccine booster in 2021

World’s largest vaccine maker in talks with governments over manufacturing expansionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGlaxoSmithKline plans to produce 1bn doses of vaccine efficacy boosters, or adjuvants, next year for use in Covid-19 treatment.The world’s largest vaccine maker said it was in talks with governments to back a manufacturing expansion that would help...

UK coronavirus live: test and trace gets under way in England and Scotland

Council leaders warn they lack powers to make local lockdowns work, as Tory MPs resist PM’s call to move on from the Dominic Cummings furoreTory anger at Cummings grows as dozens of MPs defy Boris JohnsonHancock: it is public’s ‘civic duty’ to follow test-and-trace instructionsGovernment target of 200,000 Covid-19 tests ‘meaningless’ – expertsGlobal coronavirus updates - liveSee all...

Out of My Skull by James Danckert and John D Eastwood – the psychology of boredom

From social media addiction to the discovery of musical genius – is the alleviation of boredom what really drives the world?According to the great proto-existentialist philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, the life of a human or other beast “swings like a pendulum back and forth between pain and boredom”. Indeed, pain (or want) and boredom are the two main constituents of existence, and not...

Government target of 200,000 Covid-19 tests 'meaningless'

Senior scientists say published data on testing doesn’t adhere to basic rules of statisticsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government’s target of hitting 200,000 Covid-19 daily tests by Monday has been described as “meaningless” by senior scientists, who say that the published data on testing does not adhere to the basic rules of statistics.Experts told...

The coronavirus infection rate is still too high. There will be a second wave | David Hunter

Test and tracing is launching today but, as the lockdown eases, it will need to be massively stepped up to have a significant impact David Hunter is professor of epidemiology at the University of OxfordCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWe all now know the basics – the R is the average number of people someone infected with Covid-19 passes the virus on to. If it...

Vast majority of New Zealanders don't want to return to office after Covid-19

Study finds 89% of people working from home want to stay there, at least part time, when workplaces reopenCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA study of New Zealanders working from home during coronavirus lockdown has found many were just as productive as when they were in the office, and a majority were reluctant to return to traditional workplaces.New Zealand went into...

Questions raised over hydroxychloroquine study which caused WHO to halt trials for Covid-19

Exclusive: Australian researchers query origin of data used for Lancet study, but stress there is no evidence drug is a safe or effective treatment• Sign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus email• Download the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications Questions have been raised by Australian infectious disease researchers about a study published in the Lancet...

Coronavirus live news: Trump criticised over 'preventable' crisis as US passes 100,000 deaths

61 Tory MPs defy UK PM over Dominic Cummings lockdown breach; European commission proposes €750bn coronavirus recovery fund; Kenya records highest one-day case rise. Follow the latest updatesGlobal report: EU countries block hydroxychloroquine, South Korea fears new spikeUS passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths as states relax lockdown measuresTory anger at Dominic Cummings grows as 61 MPs defy...


WEDNESDAY 27. MAY 2020


SpaceX launch cancelled due to bad weather – live

Thunder and lightening in the area may have contributed to the mission scrub which will have another opportunity on Saturday 9.40pm BST Nasa update:Propellant is offloading and @NASA_Astronauts @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug are preparing to exit the vehicle. pic.twitter.com/q4VAwK5o9Q 9.37pm BST Donald Trump is still at the Kennedy Space Center, having traveled there earlier from the White House....

Allosaurus dinosaur suspected to be scavenging cannibal

Dinosaur-on-dinosaur dining habit revealed by scrutiny of fossil bones from Colorado siteAbout nine metres long, with grasping claws and a skull it used like a hatchet, Allosaurus was among the most fearsome dinosaurs of the Jurassic period. Now, it seems, the animal could also have been a cannibal.Fossil researchers have revealed that bite marks found in a cache of dinosaur bones from the...

Tropical storm threatens landmark SpaceX-Nasa launch

Flight is the first under Nasa’s commercial crew program, an effort to hand over lower Earth orbit spaceflight to private contractors The countdown clock to the United States’ return to human spaceflight continued to tick down on Wednesday, despite a tropical storm in the Atlantic and thunderstorms at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center threatening the scheduled 4.33pm EST launch of Nasa’s...

Government unveils Covid-19 test-and-trace strategy for England

Public to be instructed to stay at home for 14 days even if they have previously had virusHow will England’s test-and-trace system work?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe public will be instructed to stay at home for 14 days, and keep children out of school, even if they have previously had coronavirus or self-isolated, under a new test-and-trace strategy for...

Tanzanian president accused of covering up Covid-19 outbreak

John Magufuli has repeatedly played down the threat from the pandemicOpposition politicians in Tanzania have accused president John Magufuli of covering up a major outbreak of Covid-19 in the east African country.Magufuli has repeatedly played down the threat from the pandemic and refused to impose a strict lockdown as many other leaders on the continent have. Continue...

How will England's coronavirus test-and-trace system work?

NHS system relies upon an increase in testing and for people to be required to self-isolate Government unveils test-and-trace strategyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEngland’s new “NHS test-and-trace” system kicks in when a patient receives a positive test result for coronavirus. Continue...

Effective test, track and tracing 'can reduce lost working hours by 50%'

UN research shows strong systems can reduce public fear and minimise workplace disruptionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn effective track-and-trace system to prevent a second coronavirus peak will not only save lives, it could reduce the number of working hours lost to illness by as much as 50%, according to a major global study.The International Labour Organisation...

Qatari contact-tracing app 'put 1m people's sensitive data at risk'

Hackers allowed access to names, national ID, health status and location data of users, says AmnestyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA security flaw in Qatar’s coronavirus contact-tracing app put the sensitive personal details of more than a million people at risk, according to an investigation by Amnesty International.The app, which is mandatory for Qatari residents...

How can any scientists stand by this government now? | Richard Horton

The Cummings saga has made it plain that scientific advisers are shielding the government’s collapsing reputation on coronavirus• Richard Horton is a doctor and edits the LancetCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDominic Cummings predicted the events that have threatened both him and the government he serves. Writing on his blog in 2014, in an essay he called The...

French tests show even mild coronavirus illness leads to antibodies

Study raises hope of immunity even for those without severe symptomsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA medical study in France suggests even mild cases of coronavirus infection, not requiring hospital treatment, produce antibodies in almost all patients, with the body’s defences against the virus increasing during the weeks of recovery.The research, led by a team...

Ancient Roman mosaic floor discovered under vines in Italy

Pristine ‘archaeological treasure’ near Verona may date to 3rd century AD, say experts A perfectly preserved ancient Roman mosaic floor has been discovered near the northern Italian city of Verona.Archaeologists were astonished by the find as it came almost a century after the remains of a villa, believed to date to the 3rd century AD, were unearthed in a hilly area above the town of Negrar di...

Tom Cruise space-set film moves closer to reality after adding director

Doug Liman on board as director of film be shot aboard International Space Station, backed by Nasa and Elon MuskThe projected Tom Cruise space movie that became headline news after both Nasa and Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted about it in early May appears to be becoming closer to reality after film-maker Doug Liman was reported to be on board as director.Deadline reported that Liman, who has worked...

Which kind of face mask will best protect you against coronavirus?

Your questions answered on what type of mask to wear to cut the risk of getting Covid-19Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageYes. Different types of mask offer different levels of protection. Surgical grade N95 respirators offer the highest level of protection against Covid-19 infection, followed by surgical grade masks. However, these masks are costly, in limited supply,...

Public health is about trust – something Cummings has wilfully ignored | Richard Coker

If the public is no longer reassured by the government’s social distancing measures, I fear a second wave of coronavirusRichard Coker is emeritus professor of public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineSee all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus – latest updatesThirty-five years ago, when I was working as a newly qualified doctor, I extracted a sausage from a woman’s...

Coronavirus UK map: the latest deaths and confirmed cases in each region

Latest figures from public health authorities on the spread of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom. Find out how many confirmed cases have been reported in each of England’s local authoritiesCoronavirus - live news updatesCoronavirus world mapFind all our coronavirus coverage herePlease note: these are government figures on numbers of confirmed cases – some people who report symptoms are not being...

'The human fingerprint is everywhere': Met Office's alarming warning on climate

Exclusively compiled data from the Hadley Centre’s supercomputer shows alarming climate trajectory The human fingerprint on the climate is now unmistakable and will become increasingly evident over the coming decades, the UK Met Office has confirmed after 30 years of pioneering study.Since the 1990s, global temperatures have warmed by half a degree, Arctic sea ice has shrunk by almost 2 million...

Of course billionaires like Elon Musk love outer space. The Earth is too small for their egos | Arwa Mahdawi

This week, Musk’s SpaceX will launch the first US astronauts into space in nine years. We’re meant to be inspired, but back on the ground the workers are strugglingHere is the bad news: Earth is a bit of a mess at the moment. Here is the good news: there is still an entire universe out there for humans to destroy. And thanks to the ingenuity of a few space-obsessed billionaires, we might be...

Global report: WHO says the Americas are centre of pandemic as cases surge

Pan American Health Organization warns of ‘very tough’ weeks ahead; US approaches 100,000 deaths; New Zealand has fifth day with no casesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Americas have emerged as the new centre of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, as a US study forecast deaths surging in Brazil and other Latin American...

Coronavirus live news: Spain begins 10 days of mourning as global deaths pass 350,000

Longest official mourning period in Spain’s democracy; unrest grows in UK PM’s party over Dominic Cummings lockdown breach; WHO says Americas are new Covid-19 epicentre. Follow the latest updatesGlobal report: Germany to relax travel curbs as Spain mourns Covid-19 victimsTory unrest increases pressure on PM to sack Dominic CummingsAustralia coronavirus – liveCoronavirus latest: at a glance...


TUESDAY 26. MAY 2020


Anger over Dominic Cummings' actions has 'encouraged lockdown rule-breaking'

Government scientific adviser warns rejection of guidance raises risk of virus resurgenceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA scientific adviser to the government has warned that public anger over the conduct of Dominic Cummings has encouraged some people to break lockdown rules, raising the risk of a resurgence in coronavirus infections. Related: Tory revolt grows as...

Plans to reopen English schools ‘fail to address risk to BAME staff’

NASUWT urges ministers to clarify they will fulfil their legal duties under the Equality ActA leading teaching union has warned the prime minister that plans to reopen schools more widely next month fail to address that coronavirus poses a greater risk to black and minority ethnic pupils and staff.Patrick Roach, the general secretary of the NASUWT, called on Boris Johnson to ensure that the...

Remdesivir drug to be available for selected NHS Covid-19 patients

Drug pioneered for Ebola to be used in UK under emergency medicines provisionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA drug that reduces recovery time from Covid-19 will be made available to a number of NHS patients in “probably the biggest step forward in the treatment of coronavirus” since the pandemic began, the UK health secretary has said.Matt Hancock on Tuesday...

Can coronavirus affect eyesight? Evidence is lacking, say experts

Medics including Royal College of Ophthalmologists say cases of impaired vision alongside coronavirus infection ‘rare’See all our coronavirus coverageSpeaking to the press on Monday, Dominic Cummings said he drove, with his wife and child, on a 30-mile trip to Barnard Castle during lockdown to see if he could drive safely, concerned that his eyesight might have been affected by coronavirus.In...

'I had an active life': How are shielders surviving lockdown?

Millions of people with underlying health conditions have not left the house for more than two monthsGlobal coronavirus updates - liveCoronavirus latest: at a glance“Shielding is lonely, hard work and stressful,” says Vicki Milner, 26, in Bristol. Her asthma means Milner’s lung capacity is that of someone in their 50s. She is one of millions of people with underlying health conditions in the...

How has Cummings harmed the fight against coronavirus? Here's the scientific answer | Rowland Kao

Boris Johnson’s adviser is a fan of game theory, so he should know how selfish decisions sabotage the common goodCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMuch of the attention over Dominic Cummings’ family trip from London to Durham has focused on the moral and legal questions. Did his actions obey the letter of lockdown restrictions, which require every person to stay...

Letter: Sir John Houghton obituary

Fiona Harvey’s obituary of Sir John Houghton reminded me of the humility of this distinguished scientist. After meeting Sir John at a Welsh government event, I tentatively wrote to him asking if he would address a public meeting in my local town of Narberth in Pembrokeshire. To my surprise and delight he responded positively.A few weeks later, we greeted Sir John, who had travelled from his home...

Outside socialising may be relaxed in England within weeks

But Michael Gove says pubs, cafes and restaurants will not return to normal any time soonCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople in England could be allowed to socialise in bigger groups in gardens or parks in the coming weeks, a cabinet minister has confirmed, but visiting friends and family indoors still appears to be some way off.Pressure is mounting on the...