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‘Orchidelirium’: how a modern-day flower madness is fuelling the illegal trade

With traffickers taking species from the wild before they are even recorded, one of the UK’s oldest constabularies is on guard at Kew Gardens• Podcast: Inside the world of wildlife traffickingJohn Deer runs a peculiar operation. As Kew Gardens’ security manager it is his job to protect the 1.8 million people that visit every year. It is also his job to make sure plants and cuttings do not vanish from the botanical collection while the public are on the royal estate. To do so, members of one of t...
Tags: UK, Science, Environment, Life and style, Wildlife, Conservation, Plants, Illegal wildlife trade, Deer, Gardens, Wild Flowers, Kew Gardens


Passive rewilding can rapidly expand UK woodland at no cost

A long-term passive rewilding study has shown that natural woodland regeneration could make a significant contribution to meeting the UK's ambitious tree planting targets - potentially at no cost and within relatively short timescales. The research, led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH), found natural growth due to seed dispersal by birds, mammals and wind can produce biodiverse and resilient woodland.
Tags: UK, Science, Centre for Ecology Hydrology UKCEH


Pandemic adolescent mental health study reveals turnaround finding

Young people with poor mental health took a turn for the better during the pandemic but those with good mental health saw a considerable decline, new research reveals.The first nationally representative evidence regarding the diverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescent mental health in the UK was led by researchers at Lancaster University working with the University of British Columbia in Canada.
Tags: UK, Science, Lancaster University, University of British Columbia


‘Gamechanging’ £10m environmental DNA project to map life in world’s rivers

eBioAtlas programme aims to identify fish, birds, amphibians and land animals in freshwater systems from the Ganges to the MekongConcealed by the turbid, swirling waters of the Amazon, the Mekong and the Congo, the biodiversity of the world’s great rivers has largely remained a mystery to scientists. But now a multimillion-pound project aims to describe and identify the web of life in major freshwater ecosystems around the world with “gamechanging” DNA technology.The International Union for Cons...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Science, Biology, Animals, Africa, Environment, Americas, World news, Fish, Genetics, Wildlife, Conservation, Trees and forests, Peru, Amazon Rainforest


China's COVID-19 vaccines are being called into question after infections surged in countries using Chinese shots

Pedestrians wear masks as they walk on a street in the capital Victoria, Mahe Island, Seychelles Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. AP Photo/Salim Ally Two Chinese shots have been welcomed by vaccine-deprived lower-income countries. But in some, cases of COVID-19 are surging even after widespread vaccination. In response, observers are questioning how well the shots work, angering China. See more stories on Insider's business page. By March, the Seychelles was one of the world's most vaccin...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Cdc, China, India, Africa, Israel, US, Trends, Bbc, Beijing, Santiago, Chile, New York Times, News UK


Space scientists solve a decades-long gamma-ray burst puzzle

Astrophysicists from the University of Bath in the UK find the magnetic field in gamma-ray bursts is scrambled after the ejected material crashes into, and shocks, the surrounding medium.
Tags: UK, Science, University Of Bath


Community pharmacy can play a 'key clinical role' in delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations

New research published in BMJ Open shows that community pharmacy could play a 'key clinical role' in the future of COVID-19 vaccination programmes, according to a study led by Aston University in Birmingham, UK, in collaboration with UK and international researchers.
Tags: UK, Science, Aston University, Birmingham UK


Pandemic planning: Government should embrace uncertainty rather than confront it or shy away from it

New research shows the UK's COVID-19 management decisions were based on an outdated pandemic modelling structure and suggests a more resilient approach would have been more effective.
Tags: UK, Science, COVID


More countries restrict travel from UK over Delta variant fears

Ireland to double to 10 days its quarantine period for UK travellers who are not fully vaccinated Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIreland is to double to 10 days its quarantine period for travellers from the UK who are not fully vaccinated, joining a growing list of countries imposing stricter travel rules on British arrivals due to concerns over the rapid spread of the Delta variant.The announcement came after Boris Johnson on Monday delayed by a month the final stag...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Science, India, UK News, World news, Ireland, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


Ireland to double quarantine period for unvaccinated UK arrivals

Travellers not fully vaccinated face 10 days in quarantine amid concerns over spread of Delta variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIreland is to double to 10 days its quarantine period for travellers from the UK who are not fully vaccinated, joining a growing list of countries imposing stricter travel rules on British arrivals due to concerns over the rapid spread of the Delta variant.The announcement came after Boris Johnson on Monday delayed by a month the final s...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Science, India, UK News, World news, Ireland, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


Delta virus variant, which took over in the UK and threatens the US, doubles the risk of hospitalization, new data says. But vaccines are still effective.

A woman receives a COVID-19 vaccination in Glasgow, Scotland on May 14, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell - Pool/Getty Images Risk of hospitalization is 85% higher with the Delta variant, new data from the UK shows. The Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are still highly protective against the disease. But both were less protective against the Delta variant, which is 60% more infectious. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Delta variant of the coronavirus is linked to an 85% higher risk...
Tags: UK, Science, Scotland, White House, India, US, Trends, News UK, Delta, Astrazeneca, Boris Johnson, Pfizer, Public Health England, Glasgow Scotland, The Lancet, COVID-19


Eradicating polio is finally within reach. Why is the UK taking its foot off the pedal? | Anne Wafula Strike

Instead of cutting the aid budget – including 95% from the plan to stamp out the disease – Britain should take a global leadDespite the Covid pandemic, there have been just two recorded cases of wild polio in 2021 – in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two remaining hiding places for the disease. But eradication is not guaranteed. Polio is virulent and spreads quickly. Even one case poses a threat to unvaccinated children everywhere, which is why a new strategy launched last week by the Global Polio...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, World news, Afghanistan, Britain, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Pakistan, Aid, Global development, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Polio, Anne Wafula Strike


‘The Silicon Valley of turf’: how the UK’s pursuit of the perfect pitch changed football

They used to look like quagmires, ice rinks or dustbowls, depending on the time of year. But as big money entered football, pristine pitches became crucial to the sport’s image – and groundskeepers became starsIt was a big moment for English football talent when Real Madrid poached Paul Burgess from Arsenal in 2009. After starting his career at Blackpool FC, Burgess had arrived at the north London club in 1999, rising to prominence at the age of just 21. He excelled on the European stage during ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, London, Football, Sport, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Portugal, Agriculture, Ipswich Town, Wembley, Silicon Valley, Alan Ferguson, Madrid, Barnsley


The UK is delaying lifting its COVID-19 restrictions by 4 weeks until July 19, Boris Johnson announced

Getty/Leon Neal Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the UK is delaying lifting COVID-19 restrictions until more people get vaccinated against the virus.He said at a press briefing on Monday that the restrictions will be in place until at least July 19. The restrictions were due to be lifted on June 21, but reopening has now been pushed back by four weeks."By Monday the 19 of July we will aim to have double jabbed two-thirds of the adult population," Johnson said.This is a developing story. P...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Trends, United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Kelly McLaughlin, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid-19 Vaccine, Speed desk, Getty Leon Neal


Novavax says its coronavirus vaccine was 90% effective in a large trial, moving the shot a step closer to widespread use

lechatnoir/Getty Images Novavax said its coronavirus vaccine was 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. The shot succeeded in a study that enrolled almost 30,000 volunteers in the US and Mexico. The Maryland biotech plans to ask US regulators for permission to give the shot more widely. See more stories on Insider's business page. The biotech company Novavax said on Monday that its coronavirus vaccine succeeded in a final-stage clinical trial, demonstrating 90% efficacy at preventing...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, Maryland, Mexico, US, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Astrazeneca, Biotech, Johnson Johnson, Pharmaceutical, Novavax, Gaithersburg Maryland


Doctors in India are reporting COVID-19 patients with gangrene, hearing loss, and diarrhea - but there's not enough data to prove they're caused by the Delta variant

A woman is seen on oxygen support moments before she collapsed while waiting to get tested for Covid-19 infection, at MMG hospital, on April 21, 2021 in Ghaziabad, India. Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times via Getty Images Doctors in India say COVID-19 patients have unusual symptoms that could be due to the Delta variant. They include gangrene and hearing loss. There aren't enough sequencing tests sent to labs to know if these are unique to the Delta variant. See more stories on Insider's b...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, London, India, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Healthcare, Delta, Astrazeneca, Telegraph, Pfizer, Symptoms, Delhi


Rapid Covid tests used in mass UK programme get scathing US report

Innova tests’ performance not proven and they should be returned to manufacturer or thrown in bin, says FDACoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) has raised significant concerns about the rapid Covid test on which the UK government has based its multibillion-pound mass testing programme.In a scathing review, the US health agency suggested the performance of the test had not been established, presenting a risk to health, and that the tests sh...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, California, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Innova, Coronavirus, US Food and Drug Agency FDA


US health agency gives lateral flow Covid tests scathing report

Innova rapid tests’ performance not proven and they should be returned to manufacturer or thrown in bin, says FDACoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) has raised significant concerns about the rapid Covid test on which the UK government has based its multibillion-pound mass-testing programme.In a scathing review, the US health agency suggested the performance of the test had not been established, presenting a risk to health, and that the te...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, California, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Innova, Coronavirus, US Food and Drug Agency FDA


Delta variant causes more than 90% of new Covid cases in UK

Variant first discovered in India is thought to spread more easily and be more resistant to vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 90% of Covid cases in the UK are now down to the coronavirus Delta variant first discovered in India, data has revealed, as the total number of confirmed cases passed 42,000.Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant has been linked to a rise in Covid cases in the UK in the past weeks. It is believed to spread more easily than t...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, India, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Kent, Coronavirus, COVID


Delta variant is linked to 90% of Covid cases in UK

Variant first discovered in India is thought to spread more easily and be more resistant to vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 90% of Covid cases in the UK are now down to the coronavirus Delta variant first discovered in India, data has revealed, as the total number of confirmed cases passed 42,000.Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant has been linked to a rise in Covid cases in the UK in the past weeks. It is believed to spread more easily than t...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, India, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Vaccines and immunisation, Kent, Coronavirus, COVID


Solar eclipse 2021: the crescent sun – in pictures

From New Jersey to Milton Keynes, skygazers in the northern hemisphere were able to see a partial solar eclipse, witnessing a crescent sun in an eclipsed sunrise in some parts of the worldSolar eclipse 2021: spectacle visible across UK and Ireland Continue reading...
Tags: Space, UK, Science, World news, Ireland, New Jersey, The Sun, The moon, Milton Keynes, Solar eclipses


2 varieties of flu seem to have disappeared during lockdown. Experts say it's possible they're gone.

A sign pointing toward a flu vaccination center. Getty/ Jeff Greenberg / Contributor Two varieties of flu have not been spotted for over a year, STAT reported. Public-health measures to control the coronavirus pandemic may have led these strains to disappear. It's still possible, however, that they are circulating undetected. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's been a lonely year to be an influenza virus.Infectious-disease protections put in place during the coron...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, New York City, US, Trends, News UK, Flu, Victoria, Vaccine, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Manila, Afp, Northern Hemisphere, St Jude Children s Research Hospital


Two varieties of flu seem to have disappeared during lockdown. Experts say it's possible they're gone.

A sign points towards a flu vaccination center. Getty/ Jeff Greenberg / Contributor Two varieties of flu have not been spotted for over a year, STAT reported. Public-health measures to control the pandemic might have led these strains to disappear. However, it's still possible they are circulating undetected. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's been a lonely year to be an influenza virus.Infectious-disease protections put in place during the pandemic to protect p...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, New York City, US, Trends, News UK, Flu, Victoria, Vaccine, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Manila, Afp, St Jude Children s Research Hospital, Budd


Solar eclipse 2021: spectacle visible across UK and Ireland

Skygazers – with appropriate eye protection – will be able to see much of sun being obscured from 10.08amA celestial phenomenon is under way, with observers in the UK set to see a crescent sun as viewers in the Arctic enjoy an annular solar eclipse.An annular eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are exactly in line with the Earth, but the apparent size of the moon is smaller than that of the sun. This causes the sun to appear as a very bright ring, or annulus, in a phenomenon known as the “ring...
Tags: Europe, Space, UK, England, Science, Wales, Scotland, Russia, UK News, World news, Earth, Ireland, The Sun, Northern Ireland, Arctic, The moon


Solar eclipse 2021: spectacle to be visible across UK and Ireland

Skygazers – with appropriate eye protection – will be able to see much of sun being obscured from 10.08amViews of a partial solar eclipse will be “somewhat fleeting” across certain parts of the UK due to cloudy skies, forecasters have said.But those in central and south-east England will have clear spells to witness the spectacle, according to the Met Office. On Thursday morning, skygazers will be able to see nearly a third of the sun being blocked out by the moon in what is known as an annular...
Tags: Europe, Space, UK, England, Science, Wales, Scotland, UK News, World news, Ireland, The Sun, Northern Ireland, Met Office, The moon, UK Weather


Portugal delays Lisbon lockdown easing – as it happened

This blog is now closed. You can find the latest Covid stories here:See all our coronavirus coverage 12.05am BST This blog is now closed. You can find the latest Covid stories here: 11.19pm BST Boris Johnson and Joe Biden will draw comparisons with Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt by signing a new Atlantic charter in an attempt to show UK and US leadership can frame a post-Covid order in the same way the 1941 charter signed by the two leaders prefigured a new world order after...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, China, US, Joe Biden, US news, Atlantic, Winston Churchill, Portugal, Cornwall, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Biden, Lisbon, US UK


Coronavirus live: Portugal delays Lisbon lockdown easing; highest daily cases in Russia since March

Capital and three other municipalities will remain under restrictions until at least 27 June due to rise in infections; Russia reports 10,407 new casesEuropeans’ confidence in EU hit by coronavirus responseLink between cases and deaths has been broken, says UK health bossSan Francisco could be first major US city to hit herd immunityEuro 2020 fans must have vaccine or test for Wembley games See all our coronavirus coverage 5.20pm BST Health experts in Haiti have said that low official pandem...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, China, Russia, US, Eu, US news, Portugal, Wembley, Vaccines and immunisation, Haiti, Caribbean, Lisbon, Braga, Afp


Coronavirus live: UK facing ‘substantial third wave’; highest daily cases in Russia since March

Scale of third wave will depend on how effective vaccines are against new strains, says Prof Neil Ferguson; UK Office for National Statistics estimates eight in 10 have antibodies via infection of jabs; Russia reports 10,407 new casesEuropeans’ confidence in EU hit by coronavirus responseLink between cases and deaths has been broken, says UK health bossSan Francisco could be first major US city to hit herd immunityEuro 2020 fans must have vaccine or test for Wembley games See all our coronavirus...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Scotland, China, Germany, Russia, US, Eu, US news, Oxford, Wembley, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Office For National Statistics, David Hasselhoff


4 coronavirus variants can make people sicker or spread faster, including the Delta variant first found in India. Here's what variants are, and why experts are so concerned about them.

A health worker takes a swab from a man's nose through a glass shield (for safety) in New Delhi, India, on August 8, 2020. Rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 are being provided by the Indian government for free. Pradeep Gaur/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images There are four coronavirus variants, including the Delta variant, that experts around the world are particularly worried about. These variants were first identified in South Africa, the UK, Brazil, and India respectively. Othe...
Tags: Health, Japan, UK, New York, Science, London, California, Cdc, India, New York City, Israel, US, Trends, Taiwan, South Africa, Philippines


Coronavirus live: around 80% of UK adults likely to have antibodies; highest daily cases in Russia since March

UK Office for National Statistics estimates eight in 10 have antibodies via infection of jabs; Russia reports 10,407 new casesEuropeans’ confidence in EU hit by coronavirus responseLink between cases and deaths has been broken, says UK health bossSan Francisco could be first major US city to hit herd immunityEuro 2020 fans must have vaccine or test for Wembley games See all our coronavirus coverage 1.54pm BST A Nobel-winning US biologist has walked back his comments that helped fuel theories...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, China, Russia, US, Eu, US news, Wembley, Vaccines and immunisation, Office For National Statistics, Baltimore, Wuhan, Merck Co, Peter Beaumont, David Baltimore



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