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Spacewatch: Nasa SunRise mission to study solar storms

Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment aims to pinpoint places where giant particle storms are launched into spaceNasa has selected a new mission that will study how space weather forms on the sun and launches radiation storms into space.Called the Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment (SunRISE), the mission consists of six small CubeSats that will provide three dimensional maps of solar...

Royal Mail staff 'lack sufficient protection' from coronavirus

Communication Workers Union estimates half of sorting offices have insufficient PPE and sanitiserMany Royal Mail sorting offices are not providing workers with sufficient protection from coronavirus infection, according to a trade union, which argues that some depots should close until staff are safe.The Communication Workers Union (CWU), which represents thousands of postal workers, told members...

NHS call on PM to ensure test centres are conveniently located

Concern that centres were too far from both work or home for those working in LondonCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNHS staff have called on Boris Johnson to ensure the new coronavirus testing centres are located conveniently for health workers and not in out of town sites such as Ikea car parks.Drive-in test centres for nurses and doctors were opened this week in...

Small laboratories join coronavirus testing effort after 'precious time wasted'

After initially pursuing a centralised policy, the government has now switched to a ‘Dunkirk-style’ effort utilising smaller research unitsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have complained that “precious time has been wasted” before the implementation of the government’s new, Dunkirk-style approach to boost Covid-19 testing.In the past week, the...

Matt Hancock sets target of 100,000 coronavirus tests a day

Health secretary ‘determined’ to reach six-figure goal for England by end of AprilCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe health secretary, Matt Hancock, has set the government a new target of carrying out 100,000 Covid-19 tests a day in England by the end of April as he sought to defend the government’s approach.After several days of intense scrutiny over failures...

Earliest known skull of Homo erectus unearthed by Australian-led team

Fossil shows the first of our ancestors existed up to 200,000 years earlier than previously thought, researchers sayThe earliest known skull of Homo erectus has been unearthed by an Australian-led team of researchers who have dated the fossil at two million years old, showing the first of our ancestors existed up to 200,000 years earlier than previously thought.The lead researcher Prof Andy...

Mice have a range of facial expressions, researchers find

Findings offer researchers new ways to measure intensity of emotional responses Whether it is screwing up your face when sucking a lemon, or smiling while sitting in the sun, humans have a range of facial expressions that reflect how they feel. Now, researchers say, they have found mice do too.“Mice exhibit facial expressions that are specific to the underlying emotions,” said Dr Nadine...

Germany told it needs to massively increase coronavirus testing

Country seen as a model for its response is told it is not doing nearly enoughCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany still needs to increase its coronavirus testing rate dramatically if it wants to successfully manage the virus, scientists are advising the government.The country has the capacity to carry out up to 500,000 tests a week, but must increase that to more...

Doctors and nurses are dying for lack of equipment. Is Johnson up to this? | Gaby Hinsliff

In 1915 a shortage of shells for soldiers brought down the government. A century on, the prime minister faces a similar challenge• Coronavirus latest updates • See all our coronavirus coverageThomas Harvey was a family man, a father of seven, but in his last moments he was forced apart from them.The 57-year-old nurse, who had been self-isolating at home with coronavirus symptoms, was found by...

Was I wrong about coronavirus? Even the world's best scientists can't tell me | Simon Jenkins

I can’t tell if my optimism is misguided when experts disagree on everything from mortality rates to preventive measures • Coronavirus latest updates • See all our coronavirus coverageI was wrong. Or I think I was. I heard Boris Johnson on 3 March leap into war mode and publish 28 pages of emergency plans, should coronavirus take hold in Britain. There were reports that “half a million...

Society will change after coronavirus. But we have to fight to make it a change for the better

Change is coming to the UK, when this crisis is over. Unless progressives have a plan, they will lose out like they did in 2008It can take a grave national crisis to fire a flare, revealing the ugliest features of a society defined by injustices that the wealthy and powerful would rather forget. It took the second world war to achieve what the Jarrow hunger marches of the 1930s struggled for: to...

Coronavirus vaccine: when will it be ready?

Human trials will begin imminently – but even if they go well and a cure is found, there are many barriers before global immunisation is feasibleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEven at their most effective – and draconian – containment strategies have only slowed the spread of the respiratory disease Covid-19. With the World Health Organization finally declaring...

Coronavirus UK: how many confirmed cases are in your area?

Latest figures from public health authorities map the spread of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom. Find out how many cases have been reported near youCoronavirus - live news updatesFind all our coronavirus coverage hereHow to protect yourself from infectionPlease note: these are government figures on numbers of confirmed cases - some people who report symptoms are not being tested, and are not...

The race to find a coronavirus treatment has one major obstacle: big pharma | Ara Darzi

AI companies and scientists are cooperating, but they desperately need access to pharmaceutical companies’ dataProf Ara Darzi is a surgeon and director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College LondonCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe past few weeks have revealed the worst and the best in human responses to the coronavirus crisis – from the...

Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should I call the doctor?

What are the symptoms caused by the Covid-19 virus, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor?Find all our coronavirus coverage hereCoronavirus – latest updatesHow to protect yourself and others from infectionIt is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has transferred to humans from animals. The World Health...

Coronavirus live news: global cases near million mark as US federal stockpile of medical equipment dwindles

Trump says personal protective gear has nearly run out; Florida, Georgia, Mississippi ordered to shelter in place; record daily fatalities in UK. Follow the latest updates. At a glance: summary of key eventsLondon hospital almost runs out of oxygen for coronavirus patientsAustralia coronavirus – latest updatesSee all of our coronavirus coverage 7.45am BST Jazz pioneer Ellis Marsalis Jr has died...

Global coronavirus infections near million mark after 'near exponential growth'

Grim milestone approaches as WHO chief says he is ‘deeply concerned’ about spreadCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageConfirmed Covid-19 infections are nearing the one million mark after “near exponential growth” saw global cases more than double in the past week.The World Health Organization chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned of the approaching milestone as...

Animal tragic: New Zealand zoos strive to entertain lonely inhabitants amid lockdown

Rhinos keep turning up for their belly rubs, and giraffes have been keeping their appointments, but there is no one to watch themCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhile humans have been using Netflix and Zoom to quell the coronavirus lockdown ennui, New Zealand’s zoo animals have also been struggling with boredom – and zookeepers have had to resort to some unusual...

Millions in UK 'could slip through virus wage safety net'

Some self-employed workers and high earners at risk despite subsidy plan, warn thinktanksCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMillions of people across Britain risk falling through gaps in the coronavirus wage subsidy plan and benefits system, according to two of the country’s leading economics thinktanks.After ministers hurriedly pulled together plans to increase the...


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Retired hospital medical director latest to die from Covid-19 in UK

Dr Alfa Saadu, 68, was volunteering in Welwyn when he fell ill with coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA retired hospital medical director has become the latest doctor to die from coronavirus in the UK.Dr Alfa Saadu, 68, was volunteering at the Queen’s Victoria memorial hospital, in Welwyn, Hertfordshire – one of the counties worst hit by the virus –...

Cats can infect each other with coronavirus, Chinese study finds

Feline transmission to humans not shown but infected pet owners warned to be carefulCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCat owners may wish to be more cautious about contact with their pets as a study from China has revealed Covid-19 can be transmitted between cats.The team, at Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in China, found that cats are highly susceptible to...

Coronavirus live news: Italy records lowest daily increase in deaths in a week

Germany and Italy extend lockdowns; Spain cases pass 100,000; global cases near 900,000; record daily fatalities in UKUS coronavirus - latest updatesAt a glance: summary of key events Wimbledon cancelled due to coronavirus crisisBrazil state governors ignore Bolsonaro amid anger over handling of crisis See all our coronavirus coverage 7.00pm BST The Scottish government has significantly increased...

NHS rules hampering coronavirus testing drive, say scientists

Strict standardisation of chemical brands and suppliers said to be a factor in delaysCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe introduction of mass testing for coronavirus is being hampered by health officials enforcing strict rules around what chemical brands and suppliers can be used to produce the tests, scientists warn.Procedures drawn up by the NHS describe the precise...

Antarctica was warm enough for rainforest near south pole 90m years ago

Experts say new evidence from Cretaceous period ‘shows us what carbon dioxide can do’Think of Antarctica and it is probably sweeping expanses of ice, and the odd penguin, that come to mind. But at the time of the dinosaurs the continent was covered in swampy rainforest.Now experts say they have found the most southerly evidence yet of this environment in plant material extracted from beneath...