China opens new security office in Hong Kong

China opens new security office in Hong Kong

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Heavy security was in place of the opening, including a bomb disposal unit A new national security office has been officially opened in Hong Kong, placing mainland Chinese agents in the heart of the territory for the first time. The office is one element of a sweeping new law … Read more

Airborne coronavirus: What you should do now

Airborne coronavirus: What you should do now

By Apoorva Mandavilli The coronavirus can stay aloft for hours in tiny droplets in stagnant air, infecting people as they inhale, mounting scientific evidence suggests. This risk is highest in crowded indoor spaces with poor ventilation, and may help explain superspreading events reported in meatpacking plants, churches and restaurants. It’s unclear how often the virus … Read more

How Killing Eve’s Villanelle was created

How Killing Eve’s Villanelle was created

Image copyright Parisa Taghizadeh/BBCAmerica “She came to me fully formed and it was clear, adventures needed to be made for her.” Luke Jennings is the person who created the captivating, but equally terrifying, Villanelle. Her adventures on paper turned into the hugely popular television show Killing Eve. It’s become one of the BBC iPlayer’s most … Read more

Scientists warn of potential wave of Covid-linked brain damage

Scientists warn of potential wave of Covid-linked brain damage

Scientists warned on Wednesday of a potential wave of coronavirus-related brain damage as new evidence suggested COVID-19 can lead to severe neurological complications, including inflammation, psychosis and delirium. A study by researchers at University College London (UCL)described 43 cases of patients with COVID-19 who suffered either temporary brain dysfunction, strokes, nerve damage or other serious … Read more

Coronavirus Live Updates: Nearly 23,000 new cases, 482 deaths take India’s overall case tally to over 7.4 lakh

Coronavirus Live Updates: Nearly 23,000 new cases, 482 deaths take India’s overall case tally to over 7.4 lakh

Following a group of scientists urging the World Health Organisation to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people, the health body acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus. “We have been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission as one of the modes of … Read more

There are more than 1 million international students in the US. Here’s where they’re from

There are more than 1 million international students in the US. Here’s where they’re from

Several American universities, including elite institutions such as Harvard and Princeton, have already announced that some proportion of their teaching will take place online, even for students based on campus, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has surged in the US in recent weeks. The move could affect more than one million international students … Read more

Has racism in the UK changed between 2016 and 2020?

Has racism in the UK changed between 2016 and 2020?

Nesta McGregor investigated what was behind the Black Lives Matter protests that took place across Britain in 2016, asking why some black people in the UK still felt racism affected them every day. Sound familiar in 2020? In this documentary, made four years ago, Nesta travels the country speaking to young black people and draws … Read more