Coronavirus: What it does to the body

Image copyright Getty Images Fighting the new coronavirus has been a battle against the unknown for doctors. How does it attack the body? What are the full range of symptoms? Who is more likely to be seriously ill or die? How do you treat it? Now, an account by medics …

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Coronavirus Wuhan diary: Living alone in a city gone quiet

Guo Jing lives in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the heart of the outbreak of a new virus which has got the world worried. Wuhan has been under lockdown since 23 January, to try to contain the infection. Transport is shut down, most shops and businesses closed, and people are …

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A holiday camp for India’s captive elephants

Image caption Arjun, the caretaker, pictured above with temple elephant, Akila Once a year, some of India’s captive elephants are whisked off to a “rejuvenation camp”, where they are pampered and cared for by their caretakers. Omkar Khandekar visited one such retreat in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. After …

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Human capital, millwrights, and industrialisation in 18th-century England

The wheels of change: Human capital, millwrights, and industrialisation in 18th-century England Policymakers’ ongoing concerns with the supply of skilled personnel necessary for keeping pace with technological change stem from the notion that both technological advancement and technological catch-up depend strongly on the availability of human capital.  This was first …

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How ECB purchases of corporate bonds helped reduce firms’ borrowing costs

When interest rates are already so low that conventional rate cuts cannot further stimulate the economy, central banks may directly intervene in financial markets by buying assets from both the sovereign and the corporate sectors. That is exactly what the ECB started doing in March 2015. In that month, the …

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Mavericks to mainstream: The long campaign for Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images It used to be a fringe obsession ignored by the political mainstream. So how did Euroscepticism conquer Britain? The word “Eurosceptic” was not coined until the 1980s, to describe a rebellious band of Tory MPs, but hostility to closer European integration dates back decades. Britain voted …

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Coronavirus: Australia plans island quarantine as foreigners evacuated from Wuhan

Image copyright AFP Image caption People across China are wearing facemasks as a preventive measure Hundreds of foreign nationals have been evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, as more deaths and cases were confirmed. Australia plans to quarantine its returning citizens for two …

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Dissatisfaction with democracy ‘at record high’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The survey warns democracy in many countries is in a “state of malaise” Dissatisfaction with democracy within developed countries is at its highest level in almost 25 years, according to University of Cambridge researchers. Academics have analysed what they say is the biggest global …

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Brexit: Fisheries Bill to enshrine sustainability in law

Image copyright PA Media All fish stocks in UK waters will be fished at sustainable levels after Brexit, the government says, as it publishes new legislation. The Fisheries Bill gives the UK power to operate as an independent coastal state and guarantees it will quit the EU Common Fisheries Policy …

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European Parliament: MEPs set to approve Brexit deal in historic vote

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The 750 or so MEPs in the European Parliament will vote electronically on the agreement The European Parliament is set to approve the terms of the UK’s departure from the European Union in an historic vote on Wednesday. The 751 representatives will debate the Brexit …

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