Health

Coronavirus could cause 35,000 extra UK cancer deaths, experts warn

Delays to cancer diagnosis and treatment due to coronavirus could cause thousands of excess deaths in the UK within a year, research suggests. Scientists suggest there could be at least 7,000 additional deaths – but in a worst case scenario that number could be as high as 35,000. There are concerns routine screenings, urgent referrals […]

Coronavirus: ‘Right thing’ to be part of plasma trial

Coronavirus: Sense of smell and taste ‘improve for most’

Coronavirus: Local testing data to be shared with councils

Politics

UK imposes sanctions against human rights abusers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Saudi officials involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi are among those targeted The UK is imposing sanctions on 49 people and organisations behind the most “notorious” human rights abuses of recent years. Individuals implicated in the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009 will have their UK […]

Coronavirus: England lockdown easing ‘biggest step yet’, says PM

Coronavirus: Pubs can’t open in England until 6am as lockdown eased

Coronavirus: Calls for government to plan public inquiry

Science/Nature

Robotic scientists will ‘speed up discovery’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMeet the socially distant robot scientist Scientists at the University of Liverpool have unveiled a robotic colleague that has been working non-stop in their lab throughout lockdown. The £100,000 programmable researcher learns from its results to refine its experiments. “It can work autonomously, so I can run […]

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UK government takes £400m stake in satellite firm OneWeb

Image copyright OneWeb Image caption Artwork: The government wants OneWeb to run a sat-nav service as well as deliver broadband The UK is spending $500m (£400m) on a stake in failed satellite firm OneWeb as part of a plan to replace the loss of the EU’s Galileo sat-nav system. OneWeb went bankrupt in March while […]

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Coronavirus: Testing sewage an ‘easy win’

Image caption Samples could be collected from specific points in the national network of wastewater-treatment plants A sewage-based coronavirus test could be an “easy win” that would pick up infection spikes up to 10 days earlier than with existing medical-based tests. Scientists led by UK’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology are working on a standardised […]