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Scientists are working to mimic the transfer of immune-boosting microbes that takes place during vaginal births to help those born by caesarean section 
Cannabis divides opinion in the USA, where money is spent on researching both its health benefits and its dangers
A survey of Australian scientists reveals a worrying trend towards suppression of important environmental research
Surveys suggest that Westerners aren’t yet willing to accept novel food technology
Covid-19 has reignited concerns about antibiotic resistance. The economics for new antibiotics are struggling to innovate new products. Is the market in need of reform?
The Covid-19 vaccine allocation plan aims  to pool funding from high-, low- and middle-income countries to develop a COVID-19 vaccine that will be accessible to countries across the world. But will the rise of ‘vaccine nationalism’ jeopardise the endeavour?
The Department of Transport believes street works impact the UK economy by £4.3 billion per year, slowing transport links as well as affecting public safety. Poor understanding of what lurks beneath exacerbates the problem. The Geospatial Commission and Ordnance Survey…
The recent collapse of a jade mine in Myanmar has shone a light on a deadly industry
The sudden cessation of international tourism as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has brought the world's largest employer to a standstill, with widespread hardship following in its wake. Can the sector recover?
'No Net Loss' policies aim to offset ecological damage caused by development projects, but trade-offs are not always successful
Genome sequencing has become one of the main methods for tracking how coronavirus is moving through communities. The technique identifies subtle differences called mutations that a virus picks up over time. Despite facing criticism for its handling of the pandemic,…
Sand is the single most mined commodity. Used to make concrete, its extraction eclipses other metals and minerals by a huge margin. Yet while it is abundant, it is not infinite. Fears that some sand deposits are being overused, combined…
A report by Global Witness has revealed that conflict gold could be entering the products of major household brands
Control and relief action in Eastern Africa and the Greater Horn of Africa steps up to face the double threat of desert locusts and the Covid-19 pandemic
With widespread antibiotic resistance looming, researchers are attempting to create new antimicrobial surfaces
A new study from the University of Bristol has successfully predicted the economic recovery of small businesses following natural hazard events using social media
As the world pauses to reflect on biodiversity protection, one non-profit is empowering disadvantaged individuals to capture biodiversity’s beauty, and become ambassadors in their communities
A newly discovered microbe could uncover how soil absorbs carbon and promotes growth

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