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Covid patients in ICU now almost all unvaccinated, says Oxford scientist

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Covid-19 is no longer a disease of the vaccinated, the head of the Oxford jab programme has said. The “ongoing horror” of patients gasping for breath in hospital is now “largely restricted” to people who are unvaccina...

Leading climate scientist Katharine Hayoe: ‘You have the ability to use your voice’

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Katharine Hayhoe has wrestled with her climate footprint. The climate scientist, who is now chief scientist for the nonprofit the Nature Conservancy, was shocked when she realized how much of her personal emissions ca...

Changes in behaviour needed to tackle climate crisis, says UK chief scientist

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Changes in behaviour are needed to tackle the climate emergency, the UK’s chief scientific adviser has said at the Cop26 summit. Sir Patrick Vallance said behaviour change was starting to happen but needed to go furth...

Pinker’s progress: the celebrity scientist at the centre of the culture wars – podcast

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How the Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker became one of the world’s most contentious thinkers. By Alex Blasdel How to listen to podcasts: everything you need to know ...

Which British scientist inspired a Barbie doll? The Saturday quiz

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1 Which British scientist inspired a Barbie doll?2 Which country has made bitcoin legal tender?3 Who tweets as @kingjames?4 Which city was protected by the Theodosian Walls?5 Which writer’s only first-class wicket was...

Pakistani nuclear weapons scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan dies aged 85

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Abdul Qadeer Khan, considered to be the father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme and later accused of smuggling technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya, has died aged 85. The atomic scientist, who spent the la...

Welsh scientist makes potential $539m fortune from biotech flotation in US

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A Welsh scientist who dreamed up his artificial intelligence biotech company while walking home from the laboratory is sitting on a potential $539m (£400m) paper fortune after its $2.9bn stock market float. The idea f...

Pinker’s progress: the celebrity scientist at the centre of the culture wars

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On a recent afternoon, Steven Pinker, the cognitive psychologist and bestselling author of upbeat books about human progress, was sitting in his summer home on Cape Cod, thinking about Bill Gates. Pinker was gearing u...

UK scientist warns over relaxation of Covid travel rules

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One of the scientists behind the UK’s testing network for quickly identifying Covid variants of concern has urged the government to continue surveillance of coronavirus cases brought in to the UK from abroad. Alan McN...

Viruses may exist ‘elsewhere in the universe’, warns scientist

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The Covid pandemic has already turned life as we know it upside down – and no doubt prompted some people to want to leave the planet. Now a leading scientist has warned that viruses may not only be found on Earth, but...

Sage members sent suspicious packages throughout pandemic, says leading scientist

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Members of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) have been sent suspicious packages and hate mail throughout the pandemic, one of the UK’s leading virologists has revealed. Prof Calum Sempl...

New ‘viral cocktail’ killing hares in UK and Ireland, scientist warns

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More than 1,100 hares have been recorded as dying of a new “viral cocktail” since 2018 as fears grow that a form of myxomatosis has jumped from rabbits. People are being urged to report dying or dead hares to scientis...

Chinese media in fake news claims over Swiss scientist critical of US

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Chinese state media articles quoting a Swiss biologist accusing the US of politicising Covid origin investigations have been quietly deleted, after the Swiss government said no such person exists. On 24 July, a Facebo...

Meet the crossword setter, plant scientist Soup: ‘A successful clue needs pith and, ideally, humour’

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The Guardian’s newest cryptic setter, Soup, has been setting puzzles in this paper’s extraordinary monthly Genius series since 2016; he also edits 1 Across magazine and contributes to the 3D Crossword Calendars. Let’s...

UK Covid cases could hit 200,000 a day, says scientist behind lockdown strategy

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Covid cases could hit 200,000 a day in the UK this year and cause “major disruption” to the NHS, according to the scientist whose initial modelling helped shape Britain’s coronavirus lockdown strategy. Prof Neil Fergu...

Scientist Prue Hart: ‘Sunburn causes havoc in the skin – we should avoid it’

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Prof Prue Hart is head of the inflammation research group at the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth, Australia, which studies the beneficial effects of sunlight exposure on our health and whether these are the result of...

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