Our ability to pay attention and focus is in free-fall. The average college student now focuses on any one task for just 65 seconds. The average offic(...)

A representation of SARS-CoV-2 on display at Oxford University Museum in the UK.

The pandemic is leaving in its wake perhaps millions of patients struggling with long-Covid, a debilitating illness marked by fatigue, malaise after a(...)

Dr Aaron T Beck  transformed treatment of depression, anxiety and many related mental disorders. Photograph: Ryan Donnell/The New York Times

Dr Aaron T Beck, whose brand of pragmatic, thought-monitoring psychotherapy became the centerpiece of a scientific transformation in the treatment of (...)

The Morocco  PJD Islamist party, led by  PM Saad Eddine el-Othmani, may lose control of parliament after sustaining significant losses in the election. File photograph: AP

Morocco’s moderate Islamist party suffered major losses in parliamentary elections on Wednesday, a stinging setback in one of the last countries where(...)

Irish people say they are informed about climate change and display strong support for political action in addressing it, according to a major international survey. File photograph: Greenpeace/PA Wire

Irish people say they are informed about climate change and display strong support for political action in addressing it, according to a major interna(...)

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a community vaccination clinic in Ottawa,  Canada, on Tuesday. Photograph: Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press/Bloomberg

The planet could have a year or less before first-generation Covid-19 vaccines are ineffective and modified formulations are needed, according to a su(...)

A health worker in Altos de San Lorenzo, a neighborhood outside Buenos Aires, Argentina, administered a smell test last year. Photograph: Alejandro Pagni/AFPGetty Images

In a perfect world, the entrance to every office, restaurant and school would offer a coronavirus test – one with absolute accuracy, and able to insta(...)

Trout and freshwater pearl mussels

It seems a bit late in the day, if not the whole Anthropocene, for humans to think of giving half the Earth back to nature. In America that project is(...)

Passengers at Barajas airport in Madrid on July 1st. Photograph: Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A coronavirus variant that originated in Spanish farm workers has spread rapidly through much of Europe since the summer, and now accounts for the maj(...)

Democratic candidate for Senate Jaime Harrison addresses supporters during a drive-in rally held at The Bend in North Charleston, South Carolina. Photograph: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

The mist is rising over Lake Murray, a huge reservoir in the centre of South Carolina, on this grey mid-October morning. The lake is a popular amenity(...)

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