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Mummy’s older than we thought: new find rewrites the history books

Discovery of nobleman Khuwy shows that Egyptians were using advanced embalming methods 1,000 years before assumed date The ancient Egyptians were carrying out sophisticated mummifications of their dead 1,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to new evidence which could lead to a rewriting of the history books.The preserved body of a high-ranking nobleman called Khuwy, discovered in 2019, has been found to be far older than assumed and is, in fact, one of the oldest Egyptian mummie...
Tags: Science, Television, Africa, UK News, Culture, Egypt, Television & radio, Archaeology, Egyptology, Mummy, Old Kingdom, Khuwy


Covid testing failures at UK lab ‘should have been flagged within days’

Senior scientists say problems at Immensa site show private firms should not be carrying out PCR testsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHealth officials should have known about major failings at a private Covid testing lab within days of the problem arising, rather than taking weeks to shut down operations at the site, senior scientists say.About 43,000 people, mostly in south-west England, are believed to have wrongly been told they did not have the virus by Immensa He...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Healthcare Industry, Health policy, Wolverhampton, south west England, Coronavirus, Immensa Health Clinic, Immensa


UK Covid: over 50,000 cases reported for first time since July as Johnson rejects calls to move to ‘plan B’ – live

Latest updates: infections in UK at highest level since July but prime minister says ‘we are within the parameters of what the predictions were’‘Covid is still around’: why Leicester shoppers are still wearing masksEngland: minister denies there is ‘plan C’ to ban Christmas mixingTory MPs appear to heed Javid call to set example by wearing masksWho can get a Covid booster jab in England?Global Covid updates – liveJeremy Hunt made his comments earlier (see 11.12am) during a Commons urgent questio...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, UK News, Farming, Labour, Schools, Health policy, Tony Blair, Leicester, Johnson, Jonathan Ashworth, Javid, Department for Education DfE, Trade Policy


Deep within the UK’s shocking Covid data, there may be reasons for optimism

Analysis: soaring cases in schools are adding to the pool of the immune – which could soon see some community infections fallCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt is hard to be upbeat about the latest numbers. The government’s Covid dashboard is awash with red and upward-pointing arrows. New cases have climbed 17% on the week. Hospital admissions are up 11% and deaths have increased by 21%. This is not where we wanted to be nearly two years into the pandemic – and 10 mon...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, NHS, Coronavirus


Why is it business as usual in England while Covid infections rise?

Analysis: a winter plan has been set out but implementing it could be hampered by political squeamishnessCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 20 months into the Covid pandemic and with a tough winter looming, the public could be excused for having a distinct sense of deja vu.Infection rates are rising sharply, scientists and senior NHS figures are sounding the alarm – but the business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, was touring the broadcast studios on Wednesday morni...
Tags: Politics, England, Science, UK News, NHS, Sajid Javid, Kwasi Kwarteng, Coronavirus


Without Covid-19 jab, ‘reinfection may occur every 16 months’

Reports grow of repeat infection as experts warn prevalence among school pupils puts older people at riskCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs Covid-19 infections surge in England, people are increasingly reporting catching Sars-CoV-2 for a second or even third time. New analysis has suggested that unvaccinated individuals should expect to be reinfected with Covid-19 every 16 months, on average. Continue reading...
Tags: England, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Immunology, Coronavirus, COVID


Earth’s demise could rid galaxy of meaning, warns Brian Cox ahead of Cop26

Unique events that led to civilisation mean its demise could ‘eliminate meaning in galaxy for ever’Humans might be the only intelligent beings in our galaxy, so destroying our civilisation could be a galactic disaster, Prof Brian Cox has warned leaders in the run-up to Cop26.Speaking at the launch of his new BBC Two series Universe, the physicist and presenter said that having spoken to the scientists around the world advising the show, he thought that humans and sentient life on Earth “might be...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Television, UK News, Earth, Bbc, Physics, Brian Cox, Climate Crisis, Cop26


Valneva Covid vaccine could be as effective as Oxford jab, study suggests

Vaccine produced by French company uses inactivated Sars-CoV-2 virus and can be stored in fridgeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA coronavirus jab based on traditional vaccine technology might be as effective as the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, data suggests, offering new hope for global vaccination efforts.Vaccines currently approved for use in the UK deliver instructions for producing the coronavirus “spike” protein to cells in order, which triggers an immune response...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, France, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Oxford, Vaccines and immunisation, Valneva, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Pregnant women at risk from NHS workers’ mixed messages over safety of jab

Expectant mothers tell helpline that midwives are advising them against vaccines despite threat posed by virus• Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coveragePregnant women are being advised by some health professionals not to have the Covid vaccine despite that they should encourage them to get the jab. One in six of the most critically ill Covid patients requiring life-saving care are unvaccinated pregnant women, figures released last week show.Yet messages sent to the Vaccin...
Tags: Health, Science, Pregnancy, Society, UK News, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Figures of Babylon: oldest drawing of a ghost found in British Museum vault

A 3,500-year-old image tablet of a ‘miserable male ghost’ gives up its secretIts outlines are faint, only discernible at an angle, but the world’s oldest drawing of a ghost has been discovered in the darkened vaults of the British Museum.A lonely bearded spirit being led into the afterlife and eternal bliss by a lover has been identified on an ancient Babylonian clay tablet created about 3,500 years ago. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, UK News, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Archaeology, British Museum


Why Britons are tolerating sky-high Covid rates – and why this may not last

Analysis: as Covid cases reach 40,000 a day, scientists think normalisation is partly to blame for the lack of public reactionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt’s one of the conundrums of the current phase of the Covid pandemic; the UK has among the highest number of infections across the world and a death toll that continues to steadily climb, yet the national mood seems sanguine. So is this down to British stoicism, a Keep Calm and Carry on mentality?Not according t...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Prince William criticises space race and tourism’s new frontier

Duke of Cambridge says world’s greatest minds need to focus on trying to fix the Earth insteadThe Duke of Cambridge has criticised the space race and space tourism, saying the world’s greatest minds need to focus on trying to fix the Earth instead.Prince William’s comments, in an interview with Newscast on BBC Sounds, will be aired the day after William Shatner made history by becoming the oldest person in space. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, Earth, Cambridge, Monarchy, Prince Charles, Prince William, William, William Shatner, Duke, Bbc Sounds, Cop26


Covid booster shots important to stop infection, finds English study

Study shows protection against Covid starts to wane several months after full vaccination Scientists have urged eligible people to have Covid booster shots after a major survey in England found evidence of “breakthrough infections” more than three months after full vaccination.Researchers at Imperial College London analysed more than 100,000 swabs from a random sample of the population and found that Covid infection rates were three to four times higher among unvaccinated people than those who h...
Tags: Health, England, Science, UK News, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, COVID, Researchers at Imperial College London


How my ivermectin research led to Twitter death threats | Dr Andrew Hill

I was sent images of coffins and hanged Nazi war criminals after finding medical fraud in clinical trialsThe story of online threats and abuse is very dark. In early 2021, my research team was analysing a new drug called ivermectin. In the first clinical trials, this drug seemed to prevent new infections and improve survival. When I first wrote about this, I started getting regular threats on Twitter, demanding that ivermectin should be approved worldwide and questioning the safety of vaccines.I...
Tags: Health, Twitter, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Gates Foundation, Andrew Hill, Coronavirus


‘The real problem is the repetition of mistakes’: Scientists react to Covid inquiry

Senior scientists say failure to prevent second wave was inexcusable given what was known about the virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe failure to prevent tens of thousands of deaths during Britain’s brutal second wave of Covid infections was a more serious error than the timing of the first lockdown, senior scientists have told the Guardian, after a damning report by MPs on the handling of the pandemic.The scientific advisory group for emergencies (Sage) warned ...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


Government must be transparent about science advice it receives

Analysis: inquiry into UK’s response to Covid crisis shows Sage guidance should be put in public domain as soon as possibleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe parliamentary inquiry into the UK’s response to the Covid crisis raises the serious issue of transparency around scientific advice – and why this remains crucial even as the country moves beyond an emergency situation.The 151-page “Coronavirus: lessons learned to date report”, led by two former Conservative mini...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Conservative, Society, UK News, Health policy, Patrick Vallance, Coronavirus, Chris Whitty, Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies SAGE


New treatment destroys head and neck cancer tumours in trial

Exclusive: combination of drugs causes tumours to vanish in some terminally ill patients, study findsA new cancer treatment can wipe out tumours in terminally ill head and neck cancer patients, scientists have discovered.In a landmark trial, a cocktail of immunotherapy medications harnessed patients’ immune systems to kill their own cancer cells and prompted “a positive trend in survival”, according to researchers at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London, and the Royal Marsden NHS found...
Tags: Health, Science, London, Cancer, UK News, Medical Research, NHS, Institute of Cancer Research ICR, Royal Marsden NHS


New cancer treatment destroys tumours in terminally ill, finds trial

Exclusive: combining immunotherapy drugs may prove effective treatment with fewer side-effects than chemotherapyA new cancer treatment can wipe out tumours in terminally ill patients, scientists have discovered.In a landmark trial, a cocktail of immunotherapy medications harnessed patients’ immune systems to kill their own cancer cells and prompted “a positive trend in survival”, according to researchers at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London, and the Royal Marsden NHS foundation trus...
Tags: Health, Science, London, Cancer, UK News, Medical Research, NHS, Institute of Cancer Research ICR, Royal Marsden NHS


Capsule of 1765 air reveals ancient histories hidden under Antarctic ice

Polar Zero exhibition in Glasgow features sculpture encasing air extracted from start of Industrial RevolutionAn ampoule of Antarctic air from the year 1765 forms the centrepiece of a new exhibition that reveals the hidden histories contained in polar ice to visitors attending the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow.The artist Wayne Binitie has spent the past five years undertaking an extraordinary collaboration with scientists of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), who drill, analyse and preser...
Tags: Science, Biology, Scotland, Environment, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Anthropology, Antarctica, Evolution, Glasgow, Exhibitions, Antarctic, Climate Crisis, Antarctic Survey BAS


US officials increasingly believe directed-energy attacks are behind Havana Syndrome cases, report says

The US Embassy in Havana, Cuba on October 14, 2017. Gary Hershorn/Getty US investigators increasingly believe that Havana Syndrome symptoms are caused by directed-energy attacks. Behind closed doors, officials reportedly believe a hostile foreign government such as Russia is responsible. Sen. Marco Rubio said that suggesting the symptoms are psychosomatic is "quackery." US officials are increasingly convinced directed-energy attacks by a hostile foreign entity are to blame for the mysterio...
Tags: Florida, Science, Osama Bin Laden, Politico, Russia, India, US, Trends, UK News, Joe Biden, Moscow, Marco Rubio, National Security Council, Cia, Vietnam, Biden


Directed-energy attacks causing Havana Syndrome cases US officials increasingly believe, report says

The US Embassy in Havana, Cuba on October 14, 2017. Gary Hershorn/Getty US investigators increasingly believe that Havana Syndrome symptoms are caused by directed-energy attacks. Behind closed doors, officials reportedly believe a hostile foreign government such as Russia is responsible. Sen. Marco Rubio said that suggesting the symptoms are psychosomatic is "quackery." US officials are increasingly convinced directed-energy attacks by a hostile foreign entity are to blame for the mysterio...
Tags: Florida, Science, Osama Bin Laden, Politico, Russia, India, US, Trends, UK News, Joe Biden, Moscow, Marco Rubio, National Security Council, Cia, Vietnam, Biden


England urged to step up vaccinations to avoid winter Covid surge

Prof Neil Ferguson calls for booster rollout and teenagers’ second jabs to be accelerated to ease NHS pressureCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe distribution of Covid boosters for the most vulnerable people and second shots of vaccine for teenagers should be accelerated to help prevent a winter surge of coronavirus overburdening the NHS, a senior scientist has said.Prof Neil Ferguson, the head of the influential disease modelling group at Imperial College London, sai...
Tags: Health, England, Science, UK News, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Imperial College London, Neil Ferguson, Coronavirus


Covid live: Kremlin pleads for people to get jab; EU regulator backs mRNA booster for those with weak immunity

Russia’s daily cases at highest levels since January; EMA says people with weakened immune systems should get Pfizer or Moderna boosterInside Missouri’s Covid culture wars‘We lost him’: how Covid tore one Sydney family apartBrazil shocked by photos revealing post-pandemic hunger crisisSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has not ruled out unemployment rising now the furlough scheme has ended. But he told Sky News this morning that the government is “throwing the kitche...
Tags: Travel, UK, Science, Russia, Eu, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Missouri, Sydney, Pfizer, Sky News, Kremlin, EMA, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus, COVID


Coronavirus live news: new rules for travel in England; New Zealand to phase out elimination strategy

England’s traffic light system for international travel replaced by one red list; Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand will ‘transition’ towards new policyInside Missouri’s Covid culture wars‘We lost him’: how Covid tore one Sydney family apartBrazil shocked by photos revealing post-pandemic hunger crisisMorning/afternoon/good evening wherever you are. Thanks for joining me for live updates on the coronavirus pandelic.The main developments in the past few hours are: Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, England, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Missouri, Sydney, New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, Coronavirus, COVID


Coronavirus treatments: the potential ‘game-changers’ in development

After positive clinical trials for antiviral drug Molnupiravir, it joins other medicines that have shown promiseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first clinical trial results showing a positive effect for a pill that can be taken at home has been hailed as a potential gamechanger that could provide a new way to protect the most vulnerable people from the worst effects of Covid-19. Molnupiravir joins a growing list of medicines that have shown promise. Here are some ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Science, Drugs, Singapore, India, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Switzerland


Latest developments in medical treatment for coronavirus

After positive clinical trials for antiviral drug Molnupiravir, it joins other medicines that have shown promiseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first clinical trial results showing a positive effect for a pill that can be taken at home has been hailed as a potential game-changer that could provide a new way to protect the most vulnerable people from the worst effects of Covid-19. Molnupiravir joins a growing list of medicines that have shown promise. Here are some...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Science, Drugs, Singapore, India, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Switzerland


Flu and Covid jabs safe to be given at same time, study finds

Clinical trial on joint flu, Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccinations reported only mild to moderate side-effectsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFlu jabs are safe to give at the same time as the Pfizer or AstraZeneca Covid vaccines, according to the first clinical trial to investigate co-administering the shots in a single appointment.While some people experienced more side-effects with certain combinations of flu and Covid shots, the ailments were mainly mild to moderate,...
Tags: Health, Science, UK News, Medical Research, NHS, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus


Strictly pair test positive for Covid – as it happened

Thanks for following along – this blog is now closed. You can catch up with the latest coronavirus coverage here. 11.45pm BST An estimated 2.5 million blood tests to diagnose diabetes were missed during the first six months of the pandemic, according to a study by The Benchmarking Partnership.The research group also said a further 1.4 million routine blood tests which enable diabetic people to manage their condition were missed or delayed from the day of the first national lockdown on March ...
Tags: Science, UK News, World news, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live: Strictly pair test positive for Covid; 70 million Americans still unvaccinated

Tom Fletcher from McFly and Amy Dowden are self-isolating; States including Idaho and Kansas report throwing away thousands of expired dosesFears for 1 million UK furloughed staff with Sunak set to end schemeNew York City’s vaccine mandate for school staff blocked by judge‘We feel we’re not going to get really sick’: why the pandemic hasn’t dissuaded ocean cruisersDutch protesters march through The Hague against ‘corona pass’ 5.52pm BST Strictly Come Dancing contestant Tom Fletcher and his p...
Tags: UK, Science, UK News, World news, Bbc, Idaho, Kansas, Associated Press, McFly, Pfizer, The Hague, Tom Fletcher, Amy Dowden, Coronavirus, Sunak, SchemeNew York City


Covid live: Australia’s Victoria to ease some curbs despite Delta outbreak; 1 million people still on furlough in UK

Victoria reports 779 new cases and two more deaths; UK government to wind up furlough support this weekFears for 1 million UK furloughed staff with Sunak set to end schemeNew York City’s vaccine mandate for school staff blocked by judge‘We feel we’re not going to get really sick’: why the pandemic hasn’t dissuaded ocean cruisersDutch protesters march through The Hague against ‘corona pass’ 9.11am BST The Russian president Vladimir Putin has ended his short spell in self-isolation and has spe...
Tags: UK, Science, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Australia, China, UK News, World news, Delta, Siberia, Victoria, Kremlin, Tajikistan, The Hague, National Health Commission, Coronavirus



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