It has been 16 months since we first discovered the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Over this time there have been many studies trying to figure out where the virus came from and how it first infected humans. There’s very good evidence that the virus evolved naturally, that it was spreading in China earlier than December 2019 and that it jumped from an animal host to humans. We still don’t know which animal hosts were involved, however, or exactly when this jump into humans occurred.
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A GIANT LEAP FOR ANIMAL KIND
As we look to set up permanent bases on the Moon, Mars and beyond, we’ll need to bring other forms of life with us... but how will they cope with life in space?
INSTALLING A NEW AGE OF HUMANITY
FROM REALITY-ENHANCING IMPLANTS TO BRAIN-CONTROLLED EXOSKELETONS, BREAKTHROUGHS IN BIO-TECH HAVE FUELLED A NEW FUSION OF MACHINERY AND ORGANIC MATTER. HERE WE SPEAK TO THE CYBORGS WHO ARE HELPING HUMANITY TRANSCEND ITS BIOLOGICAL LIMITS, ONE DEVICE AT A TIME
EAT YOURSELF HAPPY
Increasing evidence suggests that a microbiome-friendly diet is good for your brain as well as your body
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
How a hand-holding charity stunt launched a social network, way back in the 1980s
BMI: IT'S FLAWED, SO WHY DO WE USE IT?
A report published by the Women and Equalities Committee says that the use of the Body Mass Index should be scrapped. Is there a better way to calculate if you’re a healthy weight?
A SCIENTIST'S GUIDE TO LIFE HOW TO HAVE THE ULTIMATE SHAVE
FED UP OF NICKS, CUTS AND RASHES? THIS MONTH, DR MARY SOMMERLAD FROM THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF DERMATOLOGISTS EXPLAINS HOW TO HAVE THE ULTIMATE SHAVE…
Through Hardship To The Stars
‘Per aspera ad astra’. This is the phrase adopted as a statement of intent by space agencies, both real and fictional, that originates in Virgil’s Aeneid. But exactly what kinds of hardship will the human body have to endure to colonise the cosmos? Prof Christopher E Mason has been studying astronauts’ reactions to life in space and reveals to Ian Taylor how we might adapt to overcome the challenges we face
Climate Change: Can The New Targets Get Us To Net Zero?
The UK government is aiming for an emissions cut of 78 per cent, compared with levels in 1990. They want to achieve this by 2035. Is this feasible?
LOOT BOXES: THE NEXT BIG BATTLEFRONT
Periodically, there have been moral panics about video games, with headlines claiming that “violent” and “addictive” titles are affecting impressionable players. At present, it is loot boxes’ turn to be put under the microscope. But should we be worried about video games, and are loot boxes a cause for concern?
A Vaccine for all Occasions
Scientists are developing a “universal vaccine” that would protect against anything the coronavirus can throw at us and maybe even the common cold.
A NOSE FOR COVID-19
Central Florida Company Trains Canines to Detect Virus
Gain Of Function
How much risk of an accidental pandemic is too much?
The Covid-19 Manhattan Project
Never have so many researchers trained their minds on a single problem in so brief a time. Science will never be the same.
Home is Where the Heart Is
Arinze Stanley is Staying in Nigeria
how to heal a building
open the windows. stop the obsessive sanitizing. spread some good germs around. a building, like a person, is only as healthy as its microbiome
The Best Hope Until A Vaccine
Regeneron’s antibody treatment for Covid-19 probably won’t be convenient. Who knows what it will cost. But it could be saving lives by fall
Why do we need mice to develop a vaccine?
It’s a basic rule of medical research: Before you inject anything into humans, conduct experiments on animals—frequently mice—to determine whether treatments are safe and effective.
The Economic Pain Is Mild, So Far
But no one knows how bad the outbreak will be, and the damage to globalization could linger
Killer Chinese Virus Hits America!
THE deadly Chinese virus that’s claimed multiple lives in Asia has raced to American shores in record time — sending scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control scrambling to develop a vaccine to stop the killer bug!