Science breakthroughs and risks in the race to bring the world...

With countries across the planet grappling with lockdowns, it’s clear that there’s only one way to return to life as we knew it. As Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK’s chief scientific adviser, put it this week, vaccines are “the way out” of this global crisis. There were, at last count, 86 teams across the world working to combat…

‘We knew this was coming’: Coronavirus pandemic was preventable, ZSL chief...

The global coronavirus crisis was “predictable and preventable”, the head of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has said in a scathing critique of the world’s preparedness for the pandemic. Writing exclusively in The Independent, Dominic Jermey, director general of ZSL, says governments have done far too little in tackling issues at the root of the emergence of Covid-19 -…

Oklahoma City bombing: 25 years on and right wing extremists just...

The threat from right wing extremism is as high now as it was at the time of the Oklahoma City bombing, experts say, and further violent attacks are likely – especially if Donald Trump fails to win reelection. A generation after 168 people were killed and more than 680 injured in a bomb attack on…

Irish coalition lays aside historic differences to fight coronavirus and keep...

It’s been almost ten weeks since Ireland’s general election threw up one of the most surprising results in the country’s history. Voters who were angry about health and housing, and hungry for change, propelled the left-wing Sinn Fein into the lead for the first time ever, but in seat terms, it was a near three-way…

Coronavirus: Trump doubles down on call for supporters to ‘liberate’ Democratic...

Donald Trump has doubled down on his tweets calling for supporters to “liberate” three Democrat-led states under lockdown measures intended to slow the spread of coronavirus. During a wild and at times incoherent press conference performance on Friday, the US president spouted a series of mistruths and false claims, including his justification for those tweets, which were…

Coronavirus news – live: WHO issues warning over UK antibody tests...

NHS staff may refuse to work this weekend if there are not enough gowns and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for them, a union has warned, as the UK death toll rose by 888 on Saturday. This came as Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said he could not guarantee hospitals would have enough PPE to…

Ben Schwartz: ‘All comedians make themselves suffer like crazy’

“There’s a great quote that a therapist told me once,” says Ben Schwartz. “‘Pain is inherent in life; pain is expected – but the amount of suffering that you do, that’s on you’. I think all artistic people make themselves suffer like crazy.” A few years ago, the actor, writer and comic was quite literally…

‘He needed to get it together’: The tragic story of Elliott...

For Elliott Smith, wisp-voiced enigma of US alt-folk, Figure 8 became a downward spiral. Planned as his “happier” album after several tough years – a devastating break-up, a reliance on alcohol and prescription drugs, a psychiatric intervention, an impetuous suicide attempt – it was laced with rare slivers of hope and optimism. But it was…

Supermarket bosses blame stockpilers as cost of a weekly shop soars...

Supermarket bosses blame stockpilers as cost of a weekly shop soars by £7 under coronavirus lockdown - with shortage of farm workers set to trigger further price hikesCost of a weekly shop has risen as much as £7 during the coronavirus lockdownPrices have risen at supermarkets including Asda, Morrisons, and WaitroseCost of shop at Waitrose…

Biodiversity crisis: Habitat loss, pesticides and light pollution pushing fireflies to...

Fireflies, of which there are more than 2,000 species strobing softly throughout dark corners of the world, are facing grave threats to their continued existence due to the impact of humans, a study suggests. Habitat loss, pesticide use and artificial light are three of the most serious threats to fireflies, with certain species more at…

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