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Green stimulus plan could create 1.2m UK jobs in two years, research finds

Every job lost to Covid pandemic could be replaced in upcoming recovery years, Green New Deal UK findsA stimulus programme focused on green and digital infrastructure, research and development, energy and care work could create more than 1.2m jobs within two years and more than 2.7m jobs during the next decade, according to research.Such a strategy alongside additional government investment could...

Why is it so bad being a night owl? – podcast

Do you like to get up and go as the sun rises, or do you prefer the quiet hush of the late evening? Many of us tend to see ourselves as being ‘morning larks’ or ‘night owls’, naturally falling into an early or late sleep schedule. These are known as our ‘chronotypes’. Studies have shown that those with later chronotypes are at risk of a range of negative health outcomes, from an...

How UK scientists are tracking down new Covid variants - podcast

Since the pandemic began, a crack team of scientists have been working to track Covid variants as they appear, to try to stop them from spreading. The Guardian’s health editor, Sarah Boseley, has been speaking to some of themAt the end of last year, a crack team of British scientists discovered a new coronavirus variant that would spread across the world. The Guardian’s health editor, Sarah...

Tyrannosaurs may have hunted in packs like wolves, new research has found

Paleontologists say a mass grave in Utah shows the dinosaurs may not have always been solitary predators as previously thoughtTyrannosaur dinosaurs may not have been solitary predators as long envisioned but more like social carnivores such as wolves, new research announced on Monday has found.Paleontologists developed the theory while studying a mass tyrannosaur death site found seven years ago...


MONDAY 19. APRIL 2021


Nasa helicopter makes historic flight on Mars – video

Nasa’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter has completed the first powered, controlled flight on another planet, the space agency has announced.The small helicopter successfully took flight on the red planet on Monday morning, hovering in the air at about 3 metres (10ft), before descending and touching back down on the Martian surfaceNasa’s Mars helicopter makes first powered, controlled flight on...

Nasa’s Mars helicopter in first powered, controlled flight on another planet

Ingenuity successfully takes flight, hovering at height of about 3 metres before touching back downNasa’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter has completed the first powered, controlled flight on another planet, the space agency has announced.The small helicopter successfully took flight on the red planet on Monday morning, hovering in the air at an altitude of about 3 metres (10 feet), before descending...

Under-30s less compliant with Covid rules, UK data shows

While most followed restrictions, one in seven admitted to decreasing levels of complianceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople under 30 were less compliant with Covid rules over the past year, according to survey data from more than 50,000 adults in the UK.While the still to be peer-reviewed analysis suggests most people followed lockdown and social distancing...

UK Covid news: Boris Johnson cancels trip to India as pressure grows for it to be added to travel red list

Latest updates: PM’s forthcoming trip to India cancelled as country’s total cases reach 15m‘If we catch Covid, we die’: UK shielders reflect on still feeling unsafeOxford trial to study effect of immune system on reinfectionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 10.46am BST Tom Newton Dunn from Times Radio says India could be added to the red list for travel...

Can you solve it? Are you smarter than Britain’s teenage brainiacs?

A colourful puzzle from the UK girls’ maths olympiadToday’s puzzle celebrates the UK’s outstanding performance at last week’s European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad, which is the world’s most prestigious female-only maths competition for pre-university students.Yuhka Machino and Jenni Voon, both aged 17, placed 6th and 7th overall, each earning gold medals. Overall, the UK ranked fifth...

Is the ‘new muon’ really a great scientific discovery? For now, I’m cautious | Carlo Rovelli

Physicists are always looking for eureka moments – but we should be careful with headline-grabbing announcementsThere is something curious about the great experiments and discoveries in fundamental physics from the past few decades. They have covered black holes, gravitational waves, the Higgs particle and quantum entanglement. They have led to Nobel prizes, reached the front pages of newspapers...

Starwatch: start with the bear and go from there

Once you’ve traced out the full Ursa Major constellation, look for Polaris and shooting starsThis week, take the time to look north. Start by identifying Ursa Major, the great bear. This large constellation stretches across the northern sky. It is the third largest constellation in the entire sky and has been recognised for millennia across many different cultures, mostly because of its seven...

Microbes are ‘unknown unknowns’ despite being vital to all life, says study

Understanding these tiny organisms could be crucial to tackling threats such as coronavirus, but new research shows how little we knowA new study has highlighted how little is known about microbes – the hidden majority of life on Earth.Life on the planet relies on an enormous quantity of bacteria, fungi and other tiny organisms. They generate oxygen, keep soils healthy and regulate the climate....

Mars helicopter Ingenuity: Nasa about to try historic flight

If all goes to plan, craft will ascend to 10 feet above the surface of Mars, hover for 30 seconds, then rotate before descendingNasa on Monday will attempt to fly a miniature helicopter above the surface of Mars in what would be the first powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet.If all goes to plan, the 1.8kg helicopter will slowly ascend to an altitude of three metres above the...

Trial to study effect of immune system on Covid reinfection

Oxford scientists will track whether participants are reinfected when re-exposed to coronavirus Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe immune response needed to protect people against reinfection with the coronavirus will be explored in a new human challenge trial, researchers have revealed.Human challenge trials involve deliberately exposing healthy people to a...


SUNDAY 18. APRIL 2021


‘Like hunting for unicorns’: Australians on the search for adequate, affordable mental healthcare

Countless inquiries have found the same problems afflicting the mental health system, but cost and access barriers still leave those seeking and providing care in despair Many Australians experience the country’s mental health system as inadequate, dangerous and financially punishing, saying they often feel unsafe in hospitals, are dismissed by health professionals and are hit with prohibitive...

Cutting the cost of Covid tests for travellers | Letters

Mike Whittaker has a suggestion to reduce test costs for those wishing to travel abroad, while Catherine Dunn says that if the government invested in public health infrastructure, we would have a more effective testing system Your article (Airlines warn the cost of Covid tests will stop people going abroad, 9 April) considers the cost of Covid tests for a family, calculated as the cost of a single...

Vodka, toothpaste, yoga mats … the new technology making items out of thin air

An exhibition at London’s Science Museum shows how far carbon capture research has comeTackling climate change may bring unexpected benefits, London’s Science Museum will reveal next month. A special exhibition on carbon capture, the fledgling technology of extracting greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and emissions from factories, will display bottles of vodka, tubes of toothpaste, pens and...

4,000 to attend FA Cup semi-final as live sport cautiously reopens

Largest crowd at a major British stadium for more than a year will aid research into events reopening this summerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA sporting record will be broken on Sunday when 4,000 football fans gather at Wembley to watch the FA Cup semi-final between Leicester City and Southampton. It will be the largest crowd to have watched a football match in a...


SATURDAY 17. APRIL 2021


Tinnitus helpline reports a surge in calls since start of the coronavirus pandemic

Scientists are concerned virus or medication used for treating Covid-19 is causing ear damageCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore people are complaining of developing tinnitus for the first time or have found their symptoms have worsened since the start of the pandemic, according to scientists and other leading experts who specialise in the condition.The British...

Walking or running in nature with a therapist is helping people heal

Outdoor therapy can help people to become reflective and their body language while moving gives clues to their feelingsCovid has transformed the way many of us work and that includes the people who look after our mental health. For much of lockdown, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists have all had to venture into the world of online therapy, tackling their clients’...

AI ethicist Kate Darling: ‘Robots can be our partners’

The MIT researcher says that for humans to flourish we must move beyond thinking of robots as potential future competitorsDr Kate Darling is a research specialist in human-robot interaction, robot ethics and intellectual property theory and policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. In her new book, The New Breed, she argues that we would be better prepared for the future...

Add India to UK travel ban list to stop Covid variant, urges scientist

Indian coronavirus variant has potential to ‘scupper’ lockdown easing, says professor of immunologyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIndia should be placed on the UK’s “red list” for travel after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, according to a leading scientist.Prof Danny Altmann, from Imperial College London, said it was “mystifying” and...