A key study of the common coronaviruses - HCoV-NL63, HCoV-OC43 and HCoV-229E - was published last week by scientists at University College London. By analysing samples collected several years ago they found high rates of coronavirus infections in February, while in summer they were very low. Other studies have also shown coronaviruses are seasonal in behaviour in temperate climates. … [Read more...] about Scientists ask: could summer heat help beat Covid-19?
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The COP26 climate crisis summit in Glasgow is not just another international talking shop for heads of state looking to strut about on the world stage. (America has since pulled out of the deal) agreed to take measures to limit the rise in temperatures to below 1.5 oC. specific action to achieve that. … [Read more...] about We want to be Global Britain but are acting like Little Britain
With its only residents now comprised of biologists and meteorologists, researchers who have arrived to do important work on the impact of climate change, Svalbard has changed since its previous days as a mining community. It's that shift that Tronvoll captures in her portraits of the men in their new arctic home. … [Read more...] about How portrait photography can rock your reality
TB: Which indicates to you that I didn't do it lightly. One thing even my worst enemies never accused me of is being a political idiot. I was well aware of the problem. But here's the thing that you've got to understand both about me and about the job. When September 11 happened it changed completely my view of the world and the calculus of risk. And I took the view then that, even though obviously it was going to be incredibly difficult, my choice was – you stay apart from the US in this struggle or you join with them. That's the choice. The thing is, as a political leader, you hope you're never faced with such a choice. But I was. And in the end I had to decide what to do. And I decided I could not use as the basis of that decision what was going to be politically popular, because the issue's too serious for that. Look, I'm a perfectly professional politician in the sense that I prefer to be popular rather than unpopular. If I'm faced with a 50:50 choice and the popularity's … [Read more...] about Tony Blair interview: the full transcript
Like many of Brunel's most ambitious projects, including his tunnel under the Thames further downstream, it was a financial disaster: it opened just as the railway era dawned, soon making both the structure and the barges obsolete. His piers survive as the foundations of the modern footbridge flanking the 20th-century railway bridge, and the magnificent chains were recycled into his most famous bridge at Clifton in Bristol. … [Read more...] about Fox Talbot photograph of Brunel’s Hungerford bridge to go on display