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The Changing Virus

Scientists are suspiciously tracking every change in SARS-CoV-2, with dangerous looking mutations regularly appearing. On the long term, though, experts hope that the pathogen could prove less aggressive. By Philip Bethge Open eyes, hollow cheeks, a face torn by dread – Edvard Munch’s painting, “The Scream,” is an icon of horror. Some experts believe its […]

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Coronavirus Heaven: Why Meatpacking Plants Are Superspreaders

As the recent outbreak in Germany shows, meat processing facilities offer perfect conditions for the transmission of coronaviruses, with cool temperatures and people cramped in close quarters. Additional changes are needed to protect workers – and theoretically even consumers. By Philip Bethge If there is a paradise for SARS-CoV-2, it would probably be a slaughterhouse. […]

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What the Coronavirus Does Inside the Body

SARS-CoV-2 does much more damage to the human body than initially assumed. It can attack any number of organs and even penetrates the brain. But why do some people experience worse symptoms than others? By Philip Bethge The pathogen has already done a fair bit of damage. It has only been five days since the […]

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Can Nuclear Power Offer a Way Out of the Climate Crisis?

Billionaires and leading researchers in the United States are developing next-generation nuclear reactors that are small, reputedly safe and suitable to modern power grids. They could be part of the climate change solution. By Philip Bethge The core of the reactor will be almost entirely filled with nuclear waste, which is a great way of […]

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‘Never Good News Having Particles in Your Brain’

Microplastics are everywhere, but nobody really knows what dangers they might present once they enter the human body. British toxicologist Rosemary Waring warns our oceans will be inundated with the stuff. Interview Conducted by Philip Bethge DER SPIEGEL: Plastic contamination of the environment seems to have reached epidemic levels. Of particular concern are tiny microplastic […]

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Herbicide Health Dangers: Monsanto Faces Blowback Over Cancer Cover-Up

A release of internal emails has revealed that U.S. agrochemical giant Monsanto manipulated studies of the company’s herbicide, Roundup. Experts believe the product causes cancer – and the consequences for the company could be dire. Some companies’ reputations are so poor that the public already has low expectations when it comes to their ethics and […]

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