● Fitter, better rested, more appreciative: research reveals the positive changes experienced by some during lockdown Stay-at-home measures allowed many people to slow down, reflect and invest more time in themselves.
● Air pollution: over three billion people breathe harmful air inside their own homes Replacing wood stoves is essential but won't solve the indoor air pollution epidemic on its own.
● Vaccine rollout: history shows us that it's always a bit shambolic History tells us that delays, administrative hurdles, messiness and complexity are the norm.
● Lockdown, quarantine and self-isolation: how different COVID restrictions affect our mental health We are still only beginning to understand the psychological effects that pandemic restrictions are having on us.
● Starfish: rare fossil helps answer the mystery of how they evolved arms New study sheds light on how the starfish evolved.
● America divided: never has the pursuit of happiness seemed so far off New data shows how unhappy and polarised America has become – due largely to COVID-19.
● Is a vegan diet healthier? Five reasons why we can't tell for sure Recruiting more vegans for studies in the future will help us understand how this diet affects health.
● Coronavirus variants: how did they evolve and what do they mean? So-called 'variants of concern' have been cropping up since November.
● Curious Kids: How is history written and who writes it? Who is writing history affects how it is written.
● Big data can help doctors predict which COVID patients will become seriously ill Using only routinely collected information, this tool can accurately determine whether a COVID patient's condition is likely to deteriorate.
● COVID-19 misinformation: scientists create a 'psychological vaccine' to protect against fake news A 'psychological vaccine' has proven effective in countering belief in COVID-19 conspiracies.
● Parasites: what causes some species to evolve to exploit others Even the most mutually-beneficial evolutionary relationship can turn sour.
● We need hard science, not software, to power our post-pandemic recovery The Fourth Industrial Revolution failed to deliver; it's time that we put our faith once again in hard science.
● Now's the time to rethink your relationship with nature If all of humanity was wiped out tomorrow, it's estimated that the natural world would take at least five million years to recover from the damage humans have done to ...
● Alzheimer's: new research shows a leap forward in identifying neurons vulnerable to the disease Knowing what cells are more vulnerable could some day help researchers know why these cells are more vulnerable than others.
● Joggers and cyclists should wear masks if they can't maintain a physical distance from pedestrians We should be thinking about airborne transmission of coronavirus.
● Are the brains of atheists different to those of religious people? Scientists are trying to find out Atheists may think more analytically than religious people, but it is far from proven.
● Bold visual warnings are needed to stop people clicking on fake news Prominent 'danger' signs are needed online to warn people about misinformation.
● Unrest in the US has prompted soul-searching in Europe European figureheads have spoken out against Capitol rioters but also know they have problems in their own back yard.
● Russia: Alexei Navalny's return adds spice to an already challenging year for Vladimir Putin The opposition leader's return from poisoning will put pressure on the Russian president in a crucial election year.
● How anti-vax memes replicate through satire and irony Memes that promote harmful conspiracies and memes that mock them are sometimes hard to distinguish.
● Bacon: how you cook it could partially lower cancer risk People with Barrett's oesphagus may still want to be especially careful about eating bacon.
● COVID-19 vaccines: how and when will lower-income countries get access? With richer countries having bought up most of the leading western vaccines, others are looking to India, China and Russia for supplies.
● Hepatitis D: how the virus made the jump from animals to humans The genome of hepatitis D doesn’t resemble any known virus, making its origin a mystery. But by mining virus sequences from genetic datasets, a new study may have ...