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NHS England spends £160m on new 'Covid-friendly' cancer drugs

Patients to be given treatments less likely to damage immune system and in some cases able to be taken at homeNHS England is spending £160m on new “Covid-friendly” cancer drugs that will be less likely to damage the immune system and, in some cases, can be taken at home so that patients do not have to visit hospital.NHS England said 2,000 patients had already benefitted from a range of...


SUNDAY 2. AUGUST 2020


Starwatch: summer triangle's celestial pattern soars in northern sky

Deneb in Cygnus, Vera in Lyra and Altair in Aquila feature in Chinese folk story The Cowherd and the Weaver GirlThe summer triangle is a prominent pattern of stars that soars high in the northern summer sky. Marked out by Deneb in Cygnus, the swan; Vega in Lyra, the lyre; and Altair in Aquila, the eagle, these three stars feature in the Chinese folk story The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl. The girl...

Secrecy has harmed UK government's response to Covid-19 crisis, says top scientist

Sir Paul Nurse says lack of openness fuelled poor decisions and put public trust at riskCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne of the country’s most senior scientists has criticised government for the “shroud of secrecy” drawn over major decisions in the coronavirus crisis and urged ministers to be more open about the reasons behind their policies.Sir Paul Nurse,...

Nasa astronauts aboard SpaceX capsule make first splashdown in 45 years

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley land off Florida after two-month voyage that was Nasa’s first crewed mission from home in nine yearsUS astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, who flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon, splashed down in the capsule in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday after a two-month voyage that was Nasa’s first crewed mission from home soil in...

Covid-19: government 'considers indoor mixing ban and M25 block' in England

Government reportedly exploring range of measures to stop Covid-19 infections rising Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK government is reported to be exploring a range of measures to stop infections rising and keep Covid-19 in check in England – some of them for use in the event of regional spikes, such as those in Leicester and Oldham, and others that would...

Amitabh Bachchan leaves hospital after catching coronavirus

Bollywood star idolised in India discharged three weeks after contracting ‘mild’ symptomsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has been discharged from hospital, three weeks after being admitted with coronavirus symptoms after testing positive for the disease.Bachchan’s actor-son, Abishek, who was admitted at the same time, remains...

UCL has a racist legacy, but can it move on?

University College London has removed the names of eugenicists from three of its buildings. How far this goes to address an abhorrent past is much contested The provost of University College London announced in June this year that its Galton Lecture Theatre, Pearson Lecture Theatre and Pearson Building had all been renamed. They are now known by the perfectly unmemorable names of, respectively,...

Cramped workplaces, parties … the factors fuelling local Covid-19 spikes

What have resurgences around the world taught us about how local clusters emerge?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt is not always possible to pinpoint the origin of a local spike in cases, particularly in countries like the UK, where the disease is still circulating at relatively significant levels.But in countries where overall caseloads are lower, and with rigorous...

London night tsar faces down calls to quit: ‘I will be judged for what I do’

Amy Lamé rejects criticism that she hasn’t done enough to save the capital’s night-time culture hit hard by the lockdownIf Amy Lamé feels bruised by calls for her to quit her job, she is determined not to show it. The UK’s first “night tsar” has faced brutal criticism ever since she was hired in 2016 to champion London’s night-time culture. Nightclubs and music venue owners have...

A nuclear arms race in space? It seems we've learned nothing from Hiroshima

As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atom bomb on Japan, it must wake up to the new rearmamentRussia’s apparent test-firing of an anti-satellite weapon in outer space on 15 July, as alleged by the US and Britain, could be dismissed as another of Vladimir Putin’s annoying provocations. That would be a mistake. The alleged new space weapon should be seen in the broader...

Coronavirus live news: Victoria faces stage 4 lockdown as South Africa cases pass 500,000

Australian state braced for new announcement; South Africa accounts for more than half of Africa’s diagnosed Covid-19 infections; WHO anticipates “lengthy” pandemic. Follow the latest updatesVictoria to announce stage four coronavirus lockdown restrictions with federal backingVictoria and Melbourne coronavirus mapMelbourne’s stage 3 Covid-19 lockdown rules explainedThe week Covid-19 roared...


SATURDAY 1. AUGUST 2020


Improve your relationships – with advice from counter-terrorism experts

Emily and Laurence Alison specialise in communication and co-operation with criminal suspects. But their methods work in the home and at work, too“The more you push someone, the more they close up,” say Emily and Laurence Alison, a husband-and-wife psychology team. “The hungrier you are for information, the harder it will be to get that out of someone. But give the person a choice about what...

GPT-3: an AI game-changer or an environmental disaster? | John Naughton

The tech giants’ latest machine-learning system comes with both ethical and environmental costsUnless you’ve been holidaying on Mars, or perhaps in Spain (alongside the transport secretary), you may have noticed some fuss on social media about something called GPT-3. The GPT bit stands for the “generative pre-training” of a language model that acquires knowledge of the world by...

Carl Bergstrom: 'People are using data to bullshit'

The evolutionary biologist on data manipulation, fake news, and the importance of using science as a lie detectorCarl Bergstrom is a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Washington in Seattle. More than a decade ago he conducted research on the role of government in pandemic planning, and has been a trenchant critic of the current response. He is the co-author with his colleague...

Take a tusk, drill holes, weave a rope – and change the course of history

Scientists have discovered the tool our stone-age ancestors used to manufacture twine – a milestone in technological developmentForty thousand years ago, a stone-age toolmaker carved a curious instrument from mammoth tusk. Twenty centimetres long, the ivory strip has four holes drilled in it, each lined with precisely cut spiral incisions.The purpose of this strange device was unclear when it...

Severe lack of funding for heart disease research revealed

Urgent annual cash injection of £650m needed for cardiovascular conditions to match threat to nation’s health of cancerA severe deficit has emerged in the funding of major health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and mental health, according to a new study calling for an urgent cash injection.While an estimated £29 per person is invested in cancer research each year, only half as much...

Pubs in England may have to close to control coronavirus, says Sage adviser

Government modelling expert Graham Medley says reopening schools is a priorityCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government may have to consider closing pubs in England to control the transmission of the coronavirus and to enable schools to reopen after the summer holidays, one of the government’s top scientific advisers has said.Prof Graham Medley, who chairs the...

You’re already wearing a mask – now consider a face shield and goggles | Adrienne Matei

For better protection, you may need to ... look a little weird and shield your peepersAt first, wearing a face mask felt a bit strange. Now, over five months into North America’s battle with Covid-19, I feel naked in public without one. Will goggles – previously the purview of steampunks and snowboarders – become the next article of protective equipment to go from weird to widespread?...

What kind of face mask best protects 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,...

Victoria reports 397 new coronavirus cases as Australian death toll climbs above 200

Daniel Andrews says total includes 49 ‘mystery cases’ as NSW reports 17 new infections and a death linked to Crossroads Hotel clusterCoronavirus live news: England rocked by easing u-turn as Australia cases mountKatharine Murphy: ‘Scott Morrison and Daniel Andrews are locked in an Argentinian tango on coronavirus’Comment: ‘Fear hangs over Melbourne and nothing is like the first...

Coronavirus live news: WHO reports record global daily cases as Victoria announces 397 new cases and three deaths

Almost 300,000 new infections on Friday, led by US, Brazil and India; Boris Johnson warns of second UK lockdown. Follow all the developments liveFauci optimistic about having a vaccine this yearAustralia death toll tops 200The week Covid-19 roared back in Europe 5.47am BST China recorded 45 new cases on Friday, mostly from outbreaks in the provinces of Zinjiang and Liaoning, the National Health...

Two Nasa astronauts prepare to make first splashdown for 45 years

The crew from the SpaceX commercial flight will land off Florida on Sunday unless Hurricane Isaias blows them off courseTwo Nasa astronauts are preparing to make the first splashdown return to Earth in 45 years despite the threat posed by Hurricane Isaias off the coast of Florida.Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are set to come back to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday after...


FRIDAY 31. JULY 2020


Going viral: five of the most important things we’ve learnt about Covid-19 so far | Hassan Vally

The past few weeks in Victoria highlight how quickly things can turn. We have a long way to go Even though it’s been only six months since we first heard about a novel coronavirus circulating in China, so much has happened that it’s all a bit of a blur. What we do know is that we have a long way to go and there are many challenges that lie ahead of us. Although many countries have managed to...

Delay to easing English lockdown may not be enough, experts say

Scientists suggest move may stabilise infections, but stricter rules needed to reduce ratesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageApplying a handbrake to lockdown easing in England is welcome, but may not be enough to stop a rise in infections, experts have said.Sage, the government’s scientific advisory group, said on Friday that it did not have confidence that the...