The hunt for coronavirus variants: how the new one was found and what we know so far

Prof. Wolfgang Preiser, Stellenbosch University; Cathrine Scheepers, University of the Witwatersrand; Jinal Bhiman, National Institute for Communicable Diseases; Marietjie Venter, University of Pretoria, and Tulio de Oliveira, University of KwaZulu-Natal Since early in the COVID pandemic, the Network for Genomics … Continue reading The hunt for coronavirus variants: how the new one was found and what we know so far

Conspiracy theories about the pandemic are spreading offline as well as through social media

Rod Dacombe, King’s College London A consistent feature of the pandemic has been the presence of a relatively small but vocal number of conspiracy theorists who resist attempts to tackle COVID-19. Their views might seem marginal and extreme but recent … Continue reading Conspiracy theories about the pandemic are spreading offline as well as through social media

Invasive species are threatening Antarctica’s fragile ecosystems as human activity grows and the world warms

Dana M Bergstrom, University of Wollongong and Shavawn Donoghue, University of Tasmania We tend to think Antarctica is isolated and far away – biologically speaking, this is true. But the continent is busier than you probably imagine, with many national … Continue reading Invasive species are threatening Antarctica’s fragile ecosystems as human activity grows and the world warms

Claims that COVID jabs can be used to track you with ‘luciferase’ are false – the substance isn’t even in the vaccine

Alessondra T Speidel, Karolinska Institutet Emerald Robinson, the White House correspondent for the conservative news network Newsmax, recently tweeted that Moderna’s COVID vaccine contains luciferase “so that you can be tracked”. “Read the last book of the New Testament to … Continue reading Claims that COVID jabs can be used to track you with ‘luciferase’ are false – the substance isn’t even in the vaccine