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Scientists have a duty to warn ministers that their cheap and deceitful boasting could damage public health.
Around the world, coronavirus has revealed profound flaws in our politics. Will we do any better in the next crisis?
Research shows how the adviser’s breach of lockdown rules fatally undermined trust in the government and compliance with public health measures.
The libertarian right’s disregard for social responsibility and scientific expertise has been exposed by their opposition to a basic safety measure.
The genetic data around human difference is inconclusive – but that does not stop right-wing thinkers using it to excuse profound social inequalities
The chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, and chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, did not speak out when asked about the Dominic Cummings affair, compromising urgent public health messaging. This makes their positions untenable.
We have built AI systems that can do everything from diagnose our illnesses to drive our cars. But how can we trust them if we don’t understand them?
The Chernobyl nuclear disaster was as much a symbol of a failed ideology as of flawed design and technology.
Defoe wrote Robinson Crusoe 300 years ago and his castaway – capitalist, imperialist, pragmatist – has stood for versions of Englishness ever since.
As China lands an uncrewed craft on the far side of the moon, humanity continues to look to space for salvation. But 50 years after the moon landing, we still have not found the answers we were looking for.