Robin McKie
Robin McKie
Robin McKie is science editor for the ObserverSource
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Caesar’s Last Breath: The Epic Story of the Air Around Us – review

Caesar’s Last Breath: The Epic Story of the Air Around Us – review

The Scottish physician Joseph Black was responsible, in 1764, for one of science’s more unusual chemical experiments. He had already achieved fame by becoming the first scientist to isolate a pure gas: carbon dioxide, known as “fixed air” at the time. Now Black was anxious to further his work by demonstrating that the gas was exhaled by human beings. So he looked for a place where respirations would be at their most intense and accessible – and decided that the kirk best fitted the bill. Presbyterianism in 18th-century Scotland was, if nothing else, a source of plentiful hot air. So Black,...

Oct 7
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Rare European vultures being poisoned by livestock drug

Rare European vultures being poisoned by livestock drug

Diclofenac was approved in Spain and Italy despite being banned in Asia after it had wiped out millions of birdsSun 11 Apr 2021 05.45 EDTA recently approved veterinary drug has been confirmed as the cause of death of a vulture in Spain. Conservationists say the incident could be the tip of an iceberg, and warn that the drug could wipe out many of Europe’s vultures as well as harming related species, including golden eagles.The anti-inflammatory agent diclofenac has already been , Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh after it was found to kill vultures that ate the carcasses of cattle treated with...

Apr 11
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Climate fight 'is undermined by social media's toxic reports'

Climate fight 'is undermined by social media's toxic reports'

Scientists warn that Nobel summit and long-term decisions to save the planet are at risk from targeted attacks online Science EditorSun 21 Mar 2021 06.00 EDTFake news on social media about climate change and biodiversity loss is having a worrying impact in the battle to halt the growing environmental threats to the planet, a group of scientists and analysts have warned.In a report published by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, they say measures needed to create a healthier, more resilient planet – by reducing fossil fuel emissions, overfishing and other threats – will be hard to enforce...

Mar 21
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The pandemic one year on: 100,000 dead in the UK from coronavirus

The pandemic one year on: 100,000 dead in the UK from coronavirus

The UK is set to reach a grim milestone by the end of January after a year of missed opportunities has led to one of the worst Covid-19 fatality rates in the worldSun 24 Jan 2021 03.17 ESTFirst published on Sun 24 Jan 2021 02.00 ESTThe World Organization begins tracking the disease we now call Covid-19. On 14 January it finds its first case outside China, in Thailand. Human-to-human transmission seems likely, and on 30 January WHO warns this is a “public health emergency of international concern” – the highest level of alert that WHO can issue.The first confirmed cases in the UK are...

Jan 24
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How race to track mystery gene with links to three cancers saved millions

How race to track mystery gene with links to three cancers saved millions

25 years ago, a mutation was discovered that makes some people susceptible to the disease, and now it has transformed treatment Science EditorSun 10 Jan 2021 03.30 ESTTen years ago, Tony Herbert developed a lump on the right side of his chest. The clump of tissue grew and became painful and he was tested for breast cancer. The result was positive.“I had surgery and chemotherapy and that worked,” he said last week. But how had Herbert managed to develop a condition that is so rare in men? Only about 400 cases of male breast cancer are diagnosed every year in the UK compared with around...

Jan 10
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The breakthough medicines that could change the course of Covid

The breakthough medicines that could change the course of Covid

Dexamethasone demonstrates power of large-scale, randomised trials in finding effective medicinesObserver Science EditorSun 27 Dec 2020 01.45 ESTIt remains one of the most dramatically successful outcomes in the battle against Covid-19. A cheap treatment for inflammation was found to save lives of seriously ill patients while a trio of much-touted therapies were shown to have no effect.It is now estimated that the discovery of the effectiveness of the drug dexamethasone has saved around 650,000 lives across the world, according to Professor Martin Landray, a founder of the Recovery...

Dec 27
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Early humans may have survived the harsh winters by hibernating

Early humans may have survived the harsh winters by hibernating

Bears do it. Bats do it. Even European hedgehogs do it. And now it turns out that early human beings may also have been at it. They hibernated, according to fossil experts.Evidence from bones found at one of the world’s most important fossil sites suggests that our hominid predecessors may have dealt with extreme cold hundreds of thousands of years ago by sleeping through the winter.The scientists argue that lesions and other signs of damage in fossilised bones of early humans are the same as those left in the bones of other animals that hibernate. These suggest that our predecessors coped...

Dec 20
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New Trump golf course provokes fury in Scotland

New Trump golf course provokes fury in Scotland

has said he might leave the US if he loses the White House to Joe Biden next month. If so, he has just been handed the perfect place to eke out his final days – by playing golf on a new course in Aberdeenshire, his second in the area.If Trump does choose such an option, he can expect a robust welcome from conservationists, however. They say last week’s decision by Aberdeenshire council planners to approve the course could have a catastrophic impact on the area’s delicate environment.Trump International Golf Links built a course on the Menie estate, north of Aberdeen, in 2012, and its...

October 17, 2020
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European Space Agency finalises plans to ‘explore the moon properly’

European Space Agency finalises plans to ‘explore the moon properly’

Ambitious series of joint missions aims to construct a crewed space station that will orbit the moon Science editorSat 10 Oct 2020 07.39 EDTLast modified on Sat 10 Oct 2020 10.57 EDTEuropean space officials will this week unveil detailed plans for a series of ambitious missions aimed at returning humans to the moon in the next few years.Projects will include construction of crew quarters for an orbiting lunar space station, making the power and propulsion units for America’s Orion spacecraft, and designing and building a sophisticated communication and refuelling unit, known as Esprit, to...

October 10, 2020
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Rock from Mars heads home after 600,000 years on Earth

Rock from Mars heads home after 600,000 years on Earth

Tiny piece of meteorite from London’s Natural History Museum will be used by rover exploring red planet Sun 26 Jul 2020 02.10 EDTA small piece of rock will be hurled into space this week on one of the strangest interplanetary voyages ever attempted. A tiny piece of Martian basalt the size of a 10p coin will be launched on board a US robot probe on Thursday and propelled towards the red planet on a seven-month journey to its home world.This extraordinary odyssey, the interplanetary equivalent of sending coals to Newcastle, will form a key part of Nasa’s forthcoming Mars 2020 expedition....

July 26, 2020
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