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Studies show that urban air pollution is especially harmful, possibly due to metal nanoparticles. The highest concentrations waft along our busiest roads, especially where cars are braking and accelerating. Photograph: Getty Images

In a playground in Manchester, next to a busy road, Dr Barbara Maher captures air samples to bring back to her lab at Lancaster University. In a thimb(...)

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(...)

A team of experts at the University of Oxford are working to develop a vaccine that could prevent people from getting Covid-19. Photograph: Sean Elias/PA Wire

There’s enormous pressure on authorities to solve the Covid-19 pandemic. A vaccine is one potential solution. In July, US president Donald Trump toure(...)

IBM Research director Dario Gil with the Q System One computer at the company’s research facility in Yorktown Heights in New York.

Henry Ford reputedly said that if he had asked people what they wanted, they’d have chosen faster horses, not cars. In the past two decades, we sought(...)

Prof Marc Van Ranst said the pandemic was exposing weaknesses in national healthcare systems.

The Covid-19 virus is “incredibly aggressive and spectacularly contagious”, according to leading coronavirus scientists. Virus numbers are three tim(...)

Senior physician Henrik Nielsen receives the drug remdesivir in a cooling box, to test on COVID-19 patients, at Aalborg University Hospital in Copenhagen. Photograph: Henning Bagger/EPA

A cacophony of drug hopefuls for Covid-19 has bombarded news headlines and bounced around social media for weeks. There have been incendiary announcem(...)

The target proteins for a coronavirus vaccine are  the spikes that give the virus its crown-like appearance, hence the name coronavirus. Photograph:  Getty Images

A vaccine for Covid-19 is soon to be injected into healthy volunteers in Seattle, US. The National Institutes of Health in the US will run these tests(...)

Kylene Karnuth, a clinical lab scientist, works with coronavirus samples as researchers begin a trial to see whether malaria treatment hydroxychloroquine can prevent or reduce the severity of the coronavirus disease  at the University of Minnesota, US. Photograph:  Craig Lassig/Reuters

A race is being fought from every corner of the world to find a coronavirus vaccine. It is an immense effort involving co-operation between countries,(...)

A reconstruction of a Neanderthal   displayed at the Prehistoric Museum in Halle, eastern Germany. Photograph: Sebastian Willnow/AFP/Getty Images

There’s always been a suspicion that our ancestors pushed Neanderthals to extinction. The scenario is that modern humans migrated out of Africa and sl(...)

Bats are considered the probable source of the coronavirus outbreak spreading from China. Photograph: Kim Raff/The New York Times

The world has to face up to the reality that the current coronavirus epidemic is not a once-off. What’s more, scientists who study these viruses have(...)

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