Coronavirus live news: Fauci warns of 'surge upon surge' in US cases after Thanksgiving
Turkey suffers seventh straight day of record deaths; Lebanon to slowly relax restrictions; New York begins reopening schools.Fauci warns of ‘surge upon surge’ in US cases after ThanksgivingLife after Covid: will our world ever be the same?A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin storySee all our coronavirus coverage1.27amGMTBrazil has registered 51,922 additional coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours and 587 new deaths, the nation ’s Health Ministry said on Saturday.The South American country has now registered 6,290,272 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 172,561 deaths.1.07amGM...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 30, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Sullivan Tags: Coronavirus World news Infectious diseases Science US news Europe Middle East and North Africa UK news Asia Pacific Microbiology Medical research Source Type: news

Starwatch: Orion guides the way to Auriga, the charioteer
The brightest star in this ancient constellation is Capella, a yellow giant just 43 light years awayThis week, use one of the most prominent winter constellations to find one of the fainter ones. The constellation we are searching for is Auriga, the charioteer. It is an ancient constellation, having been among the 48 listed by Ptolemy in the second century AD. The easiest way to find Auriga at this time of year from the northern hemisphere is to locate Orion, the hunter.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 29, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Stuart Clark Tags: Astronomy Science Space Source Type: news

Creative therapy and shared support can help with grief after losing a child
A retreat for grieving parents provides therapeutic benefits, writes a mother whose daughter was stillborn 22 years agoAfter my daughter Grace died when I was eight months pregnant, my first impulse was to write it all down: the birth, surrounded by candles; the coffin and funeral where there should have been a christening; how her death had been accompanied by snowdrops fighting their way through the frozen ground in the first stirring of spring. I felt I was the only one really to have known her and I wanted her acknowledged. I wrote a diary as a way of making my daughter real, and published it in a magazine. It helped.I...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 29, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sharon Walker Tags: Death and dying Parents and parenting Life and style Psychology Science Health & wellbeing Family Source Type: news

Long Covid: ‘Is this now me forever?’
Months after coming down with the virus, Eleanor Morgan is still struggling with ‘long Covid’. What is it and how can the burden be eased?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne night in early March, I had a fever that reminded me of being a child. My pyjama top stuck to me with sweat, my joints ached and, at some point, the walls looked like they were breathing. The next morning I started coughing and didn ’t stop. It was pre-lockdown and, taking pity on me (I live alone in London), a friend in the countryside offered to be nurse. En route, in Paddington Station, I longed to...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 29, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Eleanor Morgan Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases World news Health Medical research Microbiology Science Society Source Type: news

Trust a bunch of bankers to give swearing a bad name | David Mitchell
Four-letter words were once rebellious and cool, but the denizens of the finance sector have put paid to thatDoes Prince Charles ever swear at his plants, I wonder. Somehow I doubt it. We all know he talks to them, of course, because he said so in an interview in 1986 when discussing his garden. “I just come and talk to the plants, really,” he said. “Very important to talk to them. They respond.” This much-mocked revelation was supplemented only last year when the panel showQItweeted that he also shakes hands with trees. At tree-planting ceremonies, he apparently always gives a branch a bit of a wag...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 29, 2020 Category: Science Authors: David Mitchell Tags: Language Prince Charles Science Acting Culture UK news Source Type: news

UK records 479 more deaths - as it happened
Coronavirus live news: Brazil records nearly 600 deaths; Victoria goes 30 days without new cases12.50amGMTWe are closing this liveblog down but you can continue to follow our live coverage onour new liveblog here. Thanks for reading.12.20amGMTNew South Wales recorded no new cases of locally acquired Covid-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, meaning the state has now gone 22 days without any local transmission.Four cases were reported in overseas travellers. This brings the total number of cases in NSW to 4,379 since the start of the pandemic.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 29, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Rebecca Ratcliffe (now), Yohannes Lowe (earlier), Molly Blackall and Matilda Boseley Tags: World news Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: UK records a further 479 deaths; dozens arrested at London anti-lockdown protest
Nadhim Zahawi appointed minister in charge of Covid-19 vaccine rolloutShops reopen in France as national lockdown easesEngland hospitals risk Covid overload without tiers, Gove saysMore than 2.5m people in England to get free vitamin D supplyMore coronavirus coverage8.41pmGMTCroatia’s prime minister, Andrej Plenković, has been ordered to isolate at home after his wife tested positive for Covid-19, the government’s spokesman has confirmed.8.27pmGMTBoris Johnson has written to Conservative MPs offering them a second vote on the coronavirus tier system early next year, as he seeks to quell a backbench rebellion i...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 28, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Yohannes Lowe (now) , Molly Blackall (earlier) and Matilda Boseley Tags: World news Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Oxford controversy is the first shot in international battle over vaccine efficiency
Trials will not reveal all the facts on prevention for each new drug – that process could last for yearsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn a few days, researchers plan to solve a medical mystery that threatens to erupt into a major transatlantic battle. Scientists at Oxford University say they intend to publish full, peer-reviewed data, in the journalLancet, about trials they have completed on their Covid-19 vaccine.The information, they say, should end mounting controversy about the vaccine ’s effectiveness and explain apparent inconsistencies in trial results. Opponents,most ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 28, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Robin McKie, Science Editor Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus UK news Infectious diseases Health Pharmaceuticals industry Medical research Science Source Type: news

Risking family health over Christmas is 'individual judgment', says professor
Neil Ferguson says relaxing coronavirus restrictions for five days will increase transmissionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe scientist whose modelling led to the first UK lockdown has said the decision over whether to see elderly relatives over Christmas comes down to “individual judgment”, but that the relaxed measures during the five-day window will inevitably increase coronavirus transmission.Speaking on BBC Radio 4 ’s Today programme, Prof Neil Ferguson said that while indoor mixing would “increase transmission compared with everyone staying at home, not mix...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 28, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Clea Skopeliti Tags: Coronavirus Christmas Infectious diseases Life and style Medical research Science Microbiology Politics UK news Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: Social gathering banned in Los Angeles and infections rise by 21,000 in Germany
US surpasses 13m Covid cases as experts urge caution over Thanksgiving weekend; South Australia records two new cases; and Italy to ease measures in five regionsHospitals in England told to prepare for vaccine rollout in 10 days ’ timeHow an anti-lockdown ‘truthpaper’ bypasses online factcheckersCovid-19 infections ‘could easily double’ over Christmas, Sage experts say6.09amGMTThis coronavirus blog has been paused for the time being. You can read all our latestcoverage of the pandemic here.5.44amGMTCoronavirus infections inIndia dipped further on Saturday with 41,322 new cases reported in the ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 28, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Matilda Boseley Tags: World news Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Extremely vulnerable in UK given high priority for coronavirus vaccine
Those with conditions such as blood, bone or lung cancer put in same category on interim guidance list as over-70sCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople at very high risk of contracting coronavirus due to health problems, who were made to shield during the pandemic, have been given the same priority as the over-70s to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.People aged 18 or older deemed “clinically extremely vulnerable” are in the same priority group as those aged 70 and over, according to the provisional vaccine priority list published by Public Health England.Continue reading... (Source:...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 28, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nadeem Badshah Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Health Science Infectious diseases UK news Source Type: news

'It'll upset a few fellows': Royal Society adds Jocelyn Bell Burnell portrait
Painting of astrophysicist joins male-dominated collection at organisation ’s London HQA British astrophysicist who made one of the most significant scientific discoveries of the 20th century but was overlooked by the Nobel prize committee has joined the male-dominatedportrait collection of theRoyal Society.Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell was a 24-year-old graduate student when in 1967 she discovered a new type of star later called a pulsar. It was a sensational find, recognised with the Nobel prize for physics in 1974 that went not to her, but to her male PhD supervisor.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 28, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Mark Brown Arts correspondent Tags: Royal Society Science Art Painting London Art and design UK news Culture Source Type: news

Half of Canadians 'to get vaccine by September'; Italy to ease measures in some regions – as it happened
Trudeau previously warned country would not get first doses; Italy to ease measures in five regions; singing and playing wind instruments ‘can increase risk of infection’, say Swiss authorities. This blog is now closedFollow today ’s coverage hereNorth Korean hackers ‘tried to disrupt vaccine efforts in South’US Covid cases and hospitalisations set records over ThanksgivingWife serenaded by her husband from outside hospital in Italy diesItalian ski resort anxiously waits for Covid ban decision11.19pmGMTThis blog is now closed.Follow our continuing coronavirus coverage here11.14pmGMTPeru has se...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Matilda Boseley (now), Nadeem Badshah, Damien Gayle Josh Halliday, Ben Doherty,Martin Farrer (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science US news Source Type: news

Ancient whale skeleton found in Thailand holds clues to climate change
Scientists hope remains, thought to be up to 5,000 years old, will deepen knowledge of whale species and of rising sea levelsA whale skeleton thought to be up to 5,000 years old has been discovered, almost perfectly preserved, by researchers in Thailand.The skeleton, believed to be a Bryde ’s whale, was found in Samut Sakhon, west of Bangkok. Researchers have excavated 80% of the remains and have so far identified 19 complete vertebrae, five ribs, a shoulder blade and fins. The skeleton measures 12 metres (39ft), with a skull that is 3 metres long.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Rebecca Ratcliffe Tags: Whales Thailand Evolution Asia Pacific Biology Cetaceans Environment Marine life Science Wildlife World news Sea level Oceans Fossils Source Type: news

Different age groups may get different Covid vaccines, experts say
Oxford/AstraZeneca planning new trial of lower-dose jab to see how well it works in older peopleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageConcerns around the efficacy of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus jab in older people could lead to different age groups being given different vaccines, experts have said.The partners announced last week that the vaccine had a 70% efficacy overall. For most trial participants – given two full doses, spaced a month apart – the efficacy was 62%, but for 3,000 participants mistakenly given half a dose for their first jab, the efficacy was 90%....
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Science correspondent Tags: Medical research Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Health Science Society University of Oxford AstraZeneca Business Higher education Pharmaceuticals industry World news Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: Iran reports new daily infection record; Swiss advised against watching oom-pah bands
Singing and playing wind instruments ‘can increase risk of infection’, say Swiss authorities; Iran tightens pandemic measures byall but closing government officesNorth Korean hackers ‘tried to disrupt vaccine efforts in South’US Covid cases and hospitalisations set records over ThanksgivingWife serenaded by her husband from outside hospital in Italy diesItalian ski resort anxiously waits for Covid ban decisionUK coronavirus – latest updates5.56pmGMT5.43pmGMTThe world ’soldest surviving provincial zoo is being relocated from the prime location in Bristol, south westEngland, that has been ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Damien Gayle (now); Josh Halliday, Ben Doherty and Martin Farrer (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science US news Source Type: news

Johnson defends Covid tier system in England as Tory backlash grows
PM to publish analysis into approach amid row over data used to justify restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has made clear he has no intention of ripping up the stringent new tier system of coronavirus restrictions for England to placate angry Tory MPs, as a row continues to rage about the data underlying the government ’s decisions.The prime minister promised to publish what his spokesman called “an analysis of the health, economic and social impact of the tiers approach” before next Tuesday’s vote on the system, and committed to reviewing the...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Heather Stewart Tags: Coronavirus Boris Johnson England Conservatives Infectious diseases Medical research Politics UK news Source Type: news

Denmark could dig up and cremate mink killed in Covid cull
Fears nitrogen and phosphorus could be released in large quantities into soil at grave sitesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDenmark ’s government is considering exhuming and cremating the remains of millions of culled mink after decaying carcasses started toemerge from a hastily dug grave.After a mutated version of Covid-19 was found in the animals, the prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, announced a cull in early November of the estimated 15-17 million mink in Denmark, the world ’s biggest exporter of mink fur.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Agence France-Presse in Copenhagen Tags: Coronavirus Denmark Europe Science World news Infectious diseases Animals Animal welfare Environment Pollution Source Type: news

'The buck stops with her': June Raine to make call on UK's Covid vaccines
Head of MHRA has ‘devoted whole life to public health’, says former colleagueCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn the summer of 2019, Dr June Raine seemed close to finally putting her feet up. At 67, she was director of the vigilance and risk management of medicines at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, a role that is roughly as important and impenetrable to the layperson as it sounds.After an exemplary but obscure 35-year career in public health, she might have been forgiven for relishing the prospect of retirement and more time to devote to her passions of...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Archie Bland Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Health Science Medical research Coronavirus UK news Society Source Type: news

Ancient 40ft-long whale skeleton discovered in Thailand
Scientists hope remains will deepen understanding of Bryde ’s whale evolutionA whale skeleton thought to be up to 5,000 years old has been discovered, almost perfectly preserved, by researchers in Thailand.The skeleton, believed to be a Bryde ’s whale, was found in Samut Sakhon, west of Bangkok. Researchers have excavated 80% of the remains and have so far identified 19 complete vertebrae, five ribs, a shoulder blade and fins. The skeleton measures 12 metres (39ft), with a three-metre-long skull.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Rebecca Ratcliffe Tags: Whales Thailand Evolution Asia Pacific Biology Cetaceans Environment Marine life Science Wildlife World news Source Type: news

We are all Johnson's exes now, led on by false hope and dishonesty
You ’d be forgiven for thinking we would exit lockdown into something better, but the prime minister’s harsh tier system was our destiny“Now is not the time,” gibbered the prime minister, “to take our foot off the throat of the beast.” Its throat? A lot of people feel like they’ve been living in the beast’s colon for most of the year. Still, see you guys in tier 4 in January.Incredibly, the above was not even the worst line ofBoris Johnson ’s Thursday evening press conference. Johnson is unaccountably celebrated as a brilliant prose stylist but frequently spouts the sor...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Marina Hyde Tags: Coronavirus Boris Johnson Conservatives Health Politics Science Society UK news World news Source Type: news

BioNTech's Covid vaccine is a triumph of innovation and immigration | Hans-Werner Sinn
Pioneered by a Turkish-German couple, its significance exceeds its practical valueThe world took note when the German startup BioNTech announced its breakthrough in the development of a new type of vaccine to combat Covid-19. After testing tens of thousands of people, BioNTech ’s vaccine has been shown to be95% effective in providing protection for those who would otherwise have been infected. The company was the first to apply for emergency use authorisation for a coronavirus vaccine in the US and it has announced it will soon take similar steps in Europe.Antiviral vaccines are usually made with devitalised viral ma...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Hans-Werner Sinn Tags: Pharmaceuticals industry Business Coronavirus Germany US news Europe Pfizer Vaccines and immunisation Health Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Society Eurozone Cancer research Genetics Source Type: news

UAE mission to Mars on course to arrive in February 2021
Spacecraft known as Hope carries instruments designed to study the tenuous Martian atmosphereThe Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) is on course to arrive at the Red Planet on 9 February. A third and final major trajectory correction manoeuvre (TCM) was completed on 10 November. An additional minor TCM in December will tee it up for a Mars orbit insertion manoeuvre next year. Without the need for further major course corrections, the mission team can begin early science observations of Mars and interplanetary space.The EMM spacecraft, also known as Hope, carries three instruments primarily designed to study the tenuous Martian at...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Stuart Clark Tags: Mars Science Space United Arab Emirates Middle East and North Africa World news Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: Bolsonaro won't take vaccine; North Korea vaccine 'hack'
US reports more than 180,000 cases as holiday begins; 99% of England ’s population face tough new curbs; Astra Zeneca likely to begin new trial of vaccine. Follow the developments liveScrutiny grows over Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccineUS cases, hospitalisations and deaths rise amid Thanksgiving rushSurge of Aids-related deaths feared as Covid pandemic puts gains at riskChristmas and Covid: is mixing households a good idea?3.38amGMTSouth Korea’s intelligence agency foiledNorth Korean attempts to hack into South Korean companies developing coronavirus vaccines, the News1 agency reported on Friday, citing a ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Martin Farrer Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science US news Source Type: news

Virus spread in France showing signs of slowing – as it happened
Daily cases continue to fall in France;health campaigners fear Africa will have to wait until mid-2021 for vaccine;weddings banned and cafes closed in CroatiaScrutiny grows over Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccineUS cases, hospitalisations and deaths rise amid Thanksgiving rushSurge of Aids-related deaths feared as Covid pandemic puts gains at riskChristmas and Covid: is mixing households a good idea?See all our coronavirus coverage12.26amGMTWe ’re closing this blog now but you can carry on monitoring all the latest developments at our new blog here. Thanks for reading.Related:Coronavirus live news: US sees muted T...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Murray (now); Sarah Marsh, Lucy Campbell, Matthew Weaver and Helen Sullivan (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus World news Europe UK news US news Asia Pacific Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

NHS to trial blood test to detect more than 50 forms of cancer
Researchers hopes Galleri trial will be a ‘gamechanger’ for early diagnosis and save many livesThe NHS is to trial a simple blood test that may help identify more than 50 forms of cancer years before diagnosis, in what it hailed as a potential “gamechanger”.If successful the blood test, known as Galleri, could revolutionise early diagnosis of cancer and save many lives by identifying symptoms quickly enough for prompt treatment to make the difference between life and death.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Denis Campbell Health policy editor Tags: Cancer research Medical research NHS Health Health policy Microbiology Science Source Type: news

Climate crisis making autumn leaves fall earlier, study finds
Report suggests tree growth will not store nearly as much carbon as scientists hopedGlobal heating appears to be making trees drop their leaves earlier, according to new research, confounding the idea that warmer temperatures delay the onset of autumn.The finding is important because trees draw huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the air and therefore play a key role in managing the climate.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 26, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Damian Carrington Environment editor Tags: Trees and forests Climate change Environment Greenhouse gas emissions Science Europe World news Source Type: news

Here's how to tackle the Covid-19 anti-vaxxers | Will Hanmer-Lloyd
Do not demonise. To optimise the vaccine rollout, all of us must show respect to those who are unsure about inoculationsWill Hanmer-Lloyd is a behavioural strategistThe Covid-19 vaccines, which are up to95% effective, have the potential to save millions of lives in the UK and many more around the world.Yet creating the vaccines is just the first step. We now need to produce them as quickly as possible, work out the logistics of distribution and administration and – most importantly – ensure as many people as possible take them. And as the history of vaccines shows, that is not as easy as some might assume. You ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 26, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Will Hanmer-Lloyd Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation Health Pharmaceuticals industry Health policy Business Politics Public services policy Science Society UK news World news Matt Hancock Source Type: news

Covid-19: how vaccines lead to immunity – podcast
With a number of Covid-19 vaccines seemingly on the way,Nicola Davis talks to Prof Eleanor Riley about how they might help the body ’s defence mechanisms fight the virusContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 26, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Nicola Davis and produced by David Waters Tags: Science Vaccines and immunisation Health Society Biology Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: Swedish royals self-isolating after positive test; Germany extends partial lockdown
Sweden ’s Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia ‘have light flu symptoms’;Merkel warns restrictions may last until next year;Ukraine reports record daily case riseSicily asks Cuba to send medics as Italy fights second Covid waveChristmas and Covid: is mixing households a good idea?Germany to decide next round of Covid restrictionsSee all our coronavirus coverage1.23pmGMTAs the coronavirus leaves many people housebound and many Americans sit to feast for Thanksgiving, the World Health Organization says people need to get more active, insisting that up to 5 million deaths worldwide could be avoided each yea...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 26, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Marsh (now) and Matthew Weaver and Helen Sullivan (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus World news Europe UK news US news Asia Pacific Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Untested, untraced: how three-quarters of Covid contacts slip through cracks
Statistics show how ‘world-beating’ tracing scheme fails to follow up on Covid-19 cases at every stepIt was in May that Boris Johnson promised the UK would have a “world-beating” test-and-trace operation in place within weeks.“Our test-and-trace system is as good as, or better than, any other system anywhere in the world,” he doubled down in July.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 26, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Niko Kommenda Tags: Coronavirus UK news Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Those who tell us what to do during the pandemic must earn our trust | David Spiegelhalter
Honesty, competence and a willingness to give us all the facts are essential for establishing who to trustCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageYou ’d be forgiven for not knowing what to believe during this pandemic.Some scientists who say their claims are based on evidence tell us that lockdown is too severe; others say that we relax at our peril. Some argue that masks are of little use, others that they save lives. So, who can you trust?During a crisis like this one, trust clearly matters. It changes what people are willing to do: whether that be wearing a face covering or getting a vacc...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 26, 2020 Category: Science Authors: David Spiegelhalter Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Epidemics Mathematics Source Type: news

'Is anybody in there?' Life on the inside as a locked-in patient
Jake Haendel spent months trapped in his body, silent and unmoving but fully conscious. Most people never emerge from ‘locked-in syndrome’, but as a doctor told him, everything about his case is bizarreJake Haendel was a hard-partying chef from a sleepy region of Massachusetts. When he was 28, his heroin addiction resulted in catastrophic brain damage and very nearly killed him. In a matter of months, Jake ’s existence became reduced to a voice in his head.Jake ’s parents had divorced when he was young. He grew up between their two homes in a couple of small towns just beyond reach of Boston, little...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 26, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Josh Wilbur Tags: Health Science Death and dying Coronavirus Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: Germany extends partial lockdown as world suffers record daily deaths
Global cases pass 60m; nearly 13,000 daily deaths reported worldwide; the Americas reported more than 1.5m cases in the last seven daysSicily asks Cuba to send medics as Italy fights second Covid waveChristmas and Covid: is mixing households a good idea?Germany to decide next round of Covid restrictionsSee all our coronavirus coverage11.39pmGMTbloggle bloggle bloggle – how are you spending pandemic thanksgiving? let me know here and I'll make you blog famous.Get stuffed full of global pandemic news at the link below:https://t.co/FvVEc7sKBO11.28pmGMTHello and welcome to today ’s live coverage of the coronavirus ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 25, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Sullivan Tags: Coronavirus World news Europe UK news US news Asia Pacific Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Scientists ask to see evidence behind relaxing UK's Christmas Covid rules
Five-day easing prompts warning one guest could infect a third of people at a gatheringCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters are facing calls to publish scientific advice on the relaxing of Covid-19 rules over Christmas amid warnings that a single infectious guest could infect a third of those at a household gathering.Underrules revealed by the prime minister on Tuesday, up to three households can form a “bubble” for five days over Christmas. It promptedsome scientists to speak out, warning that mixing will inevitably lead to an increase in infections come the new year, lea...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 25, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Coronavirus Christmas Medical research UK news Source Type: news

Data glitch 'may have led to more than 1,500 Covid deaths in England'
Public Health England disputes Warwick University economists ’ findings as ‘misleading’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn Excel spreadsheet error that wiped nearly 16,000 English Covid cases from national statistics may have led to more than 1,500 preventable deaths, according to a paper from Warwick University.Cases that were removed from the record due to thespreadsheet error were also not referred to the NHS test-and-trace operation, meaning people who had been exposed to a Covid sufferer were not told to self-isolate.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 25, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Alex Hern Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science UK news Source Type: news

UK scientists warn of third wave of Covid after Christmas
Fears that easing restrictions over festive period will lead to rise in coronavirus cases and overwhelm NHSCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGovernment scientists have warned the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions over Christmas could lead to a third wave of the pandemic, with increased transmissions and unnecessary deaths.Families across the UK will be able to gather in three-household groups of any size over Christmas, the government has announced, prompting warnings from scientists that the plan will almost inevitably see a rise in the number of coronavirus cases.Continue reading... (...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 25, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nazia Parveen Tags: Coronavirus UK news NHS Health policy Politics Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Families bereaved by Covid say UK plan to allow Christmas mixing is ‘sheer madness’
Support group warns that large gatherings are too risky and calls for low-key festive periodCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople bereaved by Covid-19 have warned that allowing families in the UK to get together over Christmas is “sheer madness” and urged the public to have a low-key festive period rather than risk the grief they have endured.Members of the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group told the Guardian that large family gatherings were too high-risk, with one grieving husband saying anyone prepared to mix family groups should also “prepare for a funeral&...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 25, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent Tags: Coronavirus UK news Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Health Health policy Society Source Type: news

Death tolls in Italy and Spain surge – as it happened
This blog is now closed. We ’ve launched a new blog at the link below:Coronavirus news – live11.58pmGMTWe ’ve launched a new blog at the link below – head there for the latest:Related:Coronavirus live news: France to ease lockdown as global deaths pass 1.4m11.26pmGMTAppearing with first lady Melania Trump in front of the White House, the president made brief remarks thanking healthcare workers and researchers working on a Covid-19 vaccine.According to tradition, two turkeys named Corn and Cob stayed at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel before the official ceremony. Afteran online poll, Corn was cho...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 24, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Murray (now); Archie Bland, Lucy Campbell, Amelia Hill, Helen Sullivan and Ben Doherty (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus World news US news UK news Europe Science Infectious diseases Asia Pacific Microbiology Medical research Source Type: news

France announces limited lockdown easing with Europe wary of festive surge
Germany and Spain look to limit Christmas gatherings as Macron unveils tough post-lockdown restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance has announced a limited easing of its strict nationwide lockdown andGermany andSpain have outlined restrictions on Christmas and new year gatherings as European governments act to prevent Covid cases multiplying over the holiday period.The announcements came as the second wave of the pandemic continued to cause daily death tolls not seen in the worst hit countries since the spring: Spain recorded 537 new deaths on Tuesday andItaly a further 853, its ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 24, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jon Henley Europe correspondent and Sam Jones in Madrid Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Medical research World news France Germany Finland Spain Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: daily death tolls surge in Italy and Spain
Italy reports most daily deaths since late March;Spain ’s daily deaths highest of second wave;Swedish watchdog condemns shortcomings in nursing homesFrance to control lockdown easing with Europe wary of festive surgeRussia says data on Sputnik Covid vaccine shows 95% efficacyAfrica ’s largest Covid treatment trial launched by 13 countriesOxford vaccine hit 90% success rate thanks to dosing error7.06pmGMTHi everyone, this isJessica Murray taking over the liveblog for the next few hours.As always, please do get in touch with any story ideas or personal experiences you would like to share.6.57pmGMTThat ’s it...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 24, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Murray (now); Archie Bland, Lucy Campbell, Amelia Hill, Helen Sullivan and Ben Doherty (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus World news US news UK news Europe Science Infectious diseases Asia Pacific Microbiology Medical research Source Type: news

France to tightly control lockdown easing with Europe wary of festive surge
Germany and Spain look to limit Christmas gatherings as Macron set to unveil tough post-lockdown restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance is to announce an only limited easing of its strict nationwide lockdown andGermany andSpain have announced restrictions on Christmas and new year gatherings as European governments act to prevent Covid cases multiplying over the holiday period.The announcements came as the second wave of the pandemic continued to cause daily death tolls not seen in the worst hit countries since the spring: Spain recorded 537 new deaths on Tuesday andItaly a fur...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 24, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jon Henley Europe correspondent and Sam Jones in Madrid Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Medical research World news France Germany Finland Spain Source Type: news

Marcus Banks obituary
My academic mentor and friend Marcus Banks, who has died aged 60 of epilepsy, was a social anthropologist. He played a leading role in promoting the sub-discipline of visual anthropology, which is concerned with studying cultures through photography, film and other media.Spending his entire career at Oxford University, from the late 1980s onwards Marcus showed how visual artefacts should be thought of as a central – perhaps the central – means through which all people, everywhere, forge their identities, and through which they order and transform the worlds around them.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 24, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Richard Vokes Tags: Anthropology University of Oxford People in science Source Type: news

Africa's largest Covid treatment clinical trial launched by 13-country network
Anticov study with international research institutions aims to stop disease progression and protect fragile health systemsA network of 13 African countries has joined forces with global researchers to launch the largest clinical trial of potential Covid-19 treatments on the continent.The Anticov study, involving Antwerp ’s Institute of Tropical Medicine and international research institutions, aims to identify treatments that can be used to treat mild and moderate cases of Covid-19 early and prevent spikes in hospitalisation that could overwhelm fragile and already overburdened health systems in Africa.Continue readi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 24, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Peter Beaumont Tags: Global health Coronavirus Global development Infectious diseases Microbiology Medical research Science Africa World news Source Type: news

What does the world smell like? After so long in a mask, I can barely remember | Arwa Mahdawi
The pandemic has robbed us of scent as well as touch. I ’m up for anything that gives my nose a workout, no matter how stinkyIs it possible to manufacture a functional knife out of frozen human faeces? Thanks toa study conducted by some enterprising scientists last year, we know that the answer to that niche question is “no”. Thanks to more seemingly pointless studies, we also know that chickens are superficial andprefer attractive people. And that you may have a better chance of passing a kidney stone if you sit at theback of a rollercoaster. And that it is possible toidentify a narcissist by their (bush...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 24, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Arwa Mahdawi Tags: Science Research Source Type: news

China launches Chang'e-5 spacecraft to bring back rocks from moon – video
China has launched a robotic spacecraft to bring back rocks from the moon – the first such attempt by any country since the 1970s.The Long March-5, China ’s largest carrier rocket, blasted off at 4.30am Beijing time on Tuesday from Wenchang space launch centre on the island of Hainan carrying theChang ’e-5spacecraft.The Chang'e-5 mission will test China ’s ability to remotely acquire samples fromspace before more complex missions.If successful, the mission would make China only the third country to have retrieved lunar samples, joining the US and the Soviet UnionChina launches Chang'e-5 mission to b...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 24, 2020 Category: Science Tags: The moon China Space Asia Pacific World news Science Source Type: news

I'm a survivor! How resilience became the quality we all crave
During the pandemic it has become a buzzword for successfully steering through adversity. But what exactly is resilience - and can you cultivate more of it?It was after her block of flats burned down that Sadi Khan thought, finally, things could not get worse. She had married at 19, and for four years her husband had subjected her to horrific violence on an almost daily basis. She had been punched and kicked, financially controlled and constantly told she was stupid; once, a friend arrived at her flat and found her lying unconscious after an attack. So the day she accidentally set fire to her flat while cooking was simulta...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 24, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Emine Saner Tags: Health & wellbeing Life and style Mental health Society Psychology Source Type: news

A more accurate way of measuring the effect of computer games – podcast
The Guardian ’s UK technology editorAlex Hern speaks to Prof Andy Przybylski from the Oxford Internet Institute about his new approach of looking at the impact of computer games on mental health. According to Prof Przybylski, this new approach is more objective – but it also depends on gaming companies being more transparentContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 24, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Alex Hern and produced by David Waters Tags: Science Computer science and IT Mental health Society Psychology Technology Nintendo Games Culture Education Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: WHO says foreign experts to go to China soon; US tops 10,000 weekly deaths
UK aims to inoculate those most at risk from Covid by Easter; Spain ’s king self isolating after virus contact; avoiding family gatherings at Christmas ‘best bet’, says WHOOxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine has up to 90% efficacyLatest vaccine to be sold to developing countries at cost priceFrench man fined for breaking lockdown to ‘smash a guy’s face in’Shanghai Covid outbreak ‘traced to cargo from North America’4.48amGMTThe number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 13,554 to 942,687, data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases showed on Tuesday....
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 24, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Sullivan (now and earlier) and Ben Doherty (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus World news US news UK news Europe Science Infectious diseases Asia Pacific Microbiology Medical research Source Type: news

China launches Chang'e-5 mission to bring back rocks from moon
Lunar landing is due in about eight days and entire mission is scheduled to last 23 daysChina has launched a robotic spacecraft to bring back rocks from the moon – the first such attempt by any country since the 1970s.The Long March-5, China ’s largest carrier rocket, blasted off at 4.30am Beijing time on Tuesday from Wenchang space launch centre on the island of Hainan carrying the Chang’e-5 spacecraft.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 23, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Reuters in Wenchang Tags: China The moon Space World news Science Asia Pacific Source Type: news