Scientists still debate over why bats seem to harbour so many viruses.  Photograph: Olivier Farcy

The 2011 film Contagion seems strangely prescient when viewed in light of Covid-19. The disturbing movie features quarantines, face masks, Gwyneth Pal(...)

Sacha Baron Cohen as  Borat promoting his first film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, in 2007. Photograph:   Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Kazakhstan, the home country of the fictional Borat Sagdiyev, has adopted the brash, moustachioed character’s catchphrase – “Very nice!” – for a new t(...)

Shoppers walk past Covid signs in Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

A former Fianna Fáil minister is among a group of Irish doctors calling on the Government its change its pandemic strategy to “co-existing” with Covid(...)

Thai Airways pilot Akarapol Apanant demonstrates the controls as visitors to the airline’s flight simulator look on. Photograph: Sakchai Lalit/AP

Image of the week: Flying in theory Over in Australia, Qantas has been flogging its branded business-class pyjamas and old bar carts. But at the head(...)

Robert Wilson and Paul Milgrom, both professors at Stanford, won the Nobel Prize in Economics for improving how auctions work. That research that underlies much of today’s economy,  from the way Google sells advertising to the way telecoms companies acquire airwaves from  government. Photograph: Andrew Brodhead/Stanford News Service via AP

When the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Monday that the American economists Paul Milgrom and Bob Wilson had won the Nobel prize for ec(...)

US economists Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson have won the Nobel Economics Prize for work on commercial auctions. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency / AFP

Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson, professors at Stanford University, have won this year’s Nobel Prize in economics for their work on auction theory and (...)

‘People at work say they have fun on morning team calls ... but these isolated pockets of online fun are no match for the way jokes hurtle around an office full of people.’ Photograph: iStock

I have been lucky to have worked with a lot of clever, funny people and I thought of them all last week as I watched Boris Johnson make an online spee(...)

After many years of raising concerns with Facebook, Google and Twitter, advertisers launched the Global Alliance for Responsible Media in 2019. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have reached a deal with big advertisers on harmful content, offering some long-sought concessions to repair relations s(...)

This video grab made from the online Neuralink livestream shows Gertrude the pig implanted with a Neuralink device during a presentation on Friday. Photograph: Neuralink/AFP via Getty Images

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s neuroscience startup Neuralink on Friday unveiled a pig named Gertrude that has had a coin-sized computer chip in(...)

Marissa Mayer, the former Yahoo chief executive, banned employees from working from home in 2013 Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

I have been thinking a lot about “Bob”. He was a US software developer who worked from home for a large company. In 2013, it emerged Bob had been outs(...)

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