Coronavirus will play out very differently in world’s poorest nations – Emails

By Adam Vaughan Children wearing facemasks in Nairobi, KenyaDonwilson Odhiambo/ZUMA Wire/PA Images The new coronavirus may prove disastrous for the world’s poorest people, including those living in slums and refugee camps. Cases were slower to appear in developing economies, but almost nowhere has escaped the pandemic. Pakistan has been the worst hit country in south […]

Why we still don’t know what the death rate is for covid-19 – Emails

By Michael Le Page Death rates from covid-19 differ around the worldVictoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Images What are your chances of dying if you get infected by the coronavirus? Despite data pouring in many countries, there’s still a wide range of estimates, from as few as 1 in 1000 to as many 1 in 30. What […]

The best science fiction TV shows to stream right now – Emails

Jared Hared stars in Chernobyl as a troubled investigatorLiam Daniel/HBO Chernobyl Streaming on NOW TV and Sky Go in the UK and on HBO in the US Never judge a book by its cover. Screenwriter Craig Mazin was best known for writing sequels to The Hangover and Scary Movie before, seemingly out of nowhere, he shaped a […]

Our approach to covid-19 can also help tackle climate change – Emails

We can’t lose sight of the climate emergency when dealing with the covid-19 pandemic, say Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac Health | Comment 1 April 2020 By Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac WE HAVE known for some time that 2020 was going to be a milestone year for the climate change crisis, requiring a radical […]

Supermassive stars may have formed by repeatedly eating their siblings – Emails

By Leah Crane When two become oneMARK GARLICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/GETTY IMAGES Some black holes are bigger than we can explain. They may have formed when supermassive stars collapsed, but we don’t know how those formed either. Now it seems the answer could be that many regular-sized stars smash together to create a bigger one, and […]

Coronavirus latest: New York hospitals and morgues overwhelmed – Emails

By Sam Wong , Adam Vaughan , Conrad Quilty-Harper and Layal Liverpool A healthcare worker is seen by the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New YorkTayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Latest coronavirus news as of 5.30 pm on 2 April New York City hospitals and morgues overwhelmed A doctor in New York City has described […]

Coronavirus: China wildlife trade ban could become law within months – Emails

By Adam Vaughan Animal markets in Wuhan, China may be the source of the coronavirus outbreakAmnat/Alamy China’s ban on eating and trading wildlife due to the coronavirus crisis could become law within the next three months, according to conservationists  – and unlike past efforts, it may end up being permanent. The country’s ruling body declared […]

Diet and exercise will keep your brain young – depending on your genes – Emails

By Jessica Hamzelou Exercise can help keep your brain from ageing, depending on your genesBetsie van der Meer/Getty Images Will a regular exercise routine and a healthy diet keep your brain young? It depends on your genes. People who have certain forms of genes that play a key role in brain ageing seem to respond […]

Hunt for George Clooney’s face explains how stress affects decisions – Emails

By Jason Arunn Murugesu Can you find Clooney?360b/Alamy Stress can lead to poor decision making, and people hunting for George Clooney’s face could help us understand why. Thackery Brown at Stanford University and his colleagues asked 38 people, with an average age of 23, to navigate looping paths around 12 different virtual towns in a […]