Poll reveals declining trust in UK government before Cummings crisis

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UK plans to further ease lockdown as new case rate remains high

By Penny Sarchet Police community support officers patrol Brighton beach on the bank holiday weekend Peter MacDiarmid/Shutterstock Declines in hospital admissions, the number of people in intensiv… [+4096 chars]

Asteroid that killed the dinosaurs hit just right for maximum damage

By Leah Crane The dinosaur-killing asteroid hit the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico Science Photo Library / Alamy The trajectory of the asteroid thought to have killed the dinosaurs 66 million years a… [+2046 chars]

The sun may have formed because a small galaxy passed by the Milky Way

By Leah Crane Hubble Space Telescope image of the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA A small galaxy called Sagittarius has been shaping the Milky Way for b… [+1901 chars]

Behavioural science advisers express concern over Cummings crisis

By Penny Sarchet Dominic Cumming leaves 10 Downing Street on 24 May Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images Members of a government behavioural science advisory group have expressed concern that the revela… [+3375 chars]

Our five appetites mean our hunger is far more complex than we thought

SolStock/Getty Images IF YOU feel like your diet has completely gone to pot during lockdown, you probably aren’t alone. Stress and boredom are known risk factors for overeating, and there is emergin… [+383 chars]

The strange physics of why blue jays look blue even though they aren't

RooM the Agency / Alamy HERE in New Hampshire, I live next to a wooded area, and covid-19 means that I have been spending a lot of time at home. This has translated into me becoming a bit of a birde… [+320 chars]

Can higher CO2 levels boost plant life enough to dent global warming?

By James Wong Igor Stevanovic/Alamy IN A world of increasing uncertainty, good news has a particular allure. So it is unsurprising that studies finding that rising carbon dioxide emissions are boos… [+415 chars]

It's time to retreat from the tyranny of lockdown tech

By Annalee Newitz Box, fort, same thing arlo0886/Getty Images WE’VE been living in quarantine for almost two months in San Francisco, and lockdown tech is starting to drive us bonkers. We were ini… [+372 chars]

We can't rely on rampant consumerism to get us out of this mess

By Graham Lawton WHEN I heard the news that Amazon is making sales of $11,000 every second of the lockdown, my initial reaction was weary resignation. You probably don’t eat bushmeat, but Western co… [+390 chars]