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Coronavirus: Why are the death rates different?

Friday, March 27, 2020

Many of us are tracking the daily coronavirus infection and death rates. You may have noticed that the death rates differ greatly from country to country. Here are some of the main reasons.

Evolution: Why females live longer

Friday, March 27, 2020

On average, women live longer than men. According to a new study, this also applies to the animal kingdom. Is that because males across all species tend to have stupid ideas more often?

Psychologist Simon Wessely: 'Mass quarantine is not sustainable over a long period of time'

Friday, March 27, 2020

Boredom. Frustration. Anger. Anxiety. Strain on relationships. Depression. More than a billion humans around the globe are trying — hard — to endure these various symptoms of self-isolation. Expect many to fail.

Coronavirus: From bats to pangolins, how do viruses reach us?

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Pangolins are now confirmed carriers of viruses closely related to SARS-CoV-2. But as with SARS and MERS, bats are the most likely original source. Scientists believe bats' unique genetic quirks make them ideal hosts.

How to stay healthy at home during the coronavirus lockdown

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Cooped up and feeling sluggish, bored, even a bit miserable? Despite being confined indoors during the coronavirus outbreak, there are still lots of things you can do to protect your health and wellbeing.

The math in music: Why numbers don't rule the universe

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Music is all emotion, right? For some it's a calculated, mathematical puzzle. We've used math to explain music and sound for thousands of years. Pythagoras said numbers ruled the universe. But he was wrong.

Up to 30% of coronavirus cases asymptomatic

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

In South Korea, nationwide testing, comprehensive isolation of Covid-19 patients and strict rules on social interaction have shown results. The measures have proved effective in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus vaccine: 'First tests coming soon'

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Pharmaceutical companies all over the world are bending over backward to develop a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2. Such efforts are being made in Germany too. Hopes are pinned on the Tübingen-based biotech firm CureVac.

Coronavirus: We can still laugh!

Monday, March 23, 2020

It's an outbreak — it's serious. Coronavirus restricts us; it's highly contagious and it threatens lives and livelihoods. But is it too serious to laugh at? On the contrary. In difficult times, humor is important.

Where did coronavirus come from? How long does it last on surfaces? Your questions answered

Sunday, March 22, 2020

It's been a hot topic for months, yet SARS-CoV-2 still raises a lot of questions. Scientists are trying to answer as many of them as quickly as possible — here's what they've found so far.