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COVID-19: Risky places & a 'toxic' claim about spike proteins


Is it riskier to play a football game outside, or to meet one-on-one with a colleague inside? (Note: Your answer will say a lot more about your morality than you think.) Also, why is a professor of virology falsely claiming that spike proteins from vaccines are toxic?


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Weekly roundup — COVID-19, aging brains & very cold computers


Will mutations change our vaccination strategy? Also, a controversial step in the fight against Alzheimer's, and how to tell a six-year-old what a quantum computer is.


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What's the deal with Aduhelm?


It's a 'breakthrough' drug for Alzheimer's… but no one's sure if it actually works. There are also clear risks of side effects... and yet it was approved by the top US drug agency (prompting three scientists to quit). What is going on?


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What is a quantum computer, exactly?


They look weird, they're outrageously cold, and they're "stupider" than your smartphone. So why are governments throwing billions at quantum computers? And is it possible for a normal person to even understand them?


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COVID-19: Delta variant danger &'magnetic' misinformation


How concerned do we have to be about the rapidly spreading Delta variant? (And why are they calling it 'Delta' anyway?) Also, what's with the TikTok videos where metal objects are sticking to vaccinated arms?


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Weekly roundup — Dealing with the hesitant, vaccine mixing, and super mice


If you don't vaccinate, you will get COVID-19 at some point. That's a fact. There's also the social argument. But a lot of people in the world remain against immunization. How do we deal with these people - especially if they are close to us? Also, would you like to live a longer, more healthy life?


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How do I talk to someone who won't get vaccinated against COVID-19?


It can be really, really frustrating to talk to someone who's misinformed and doesn't plan to get vaccinated. And sometimes, the easiest thing to do is just avoid the topic entirely. But what if it's a friend, a colleague or a family member we care about?


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COVID-19: Mixing doses, boosters & a warning for the unvaccinated


Can you get more than one kind of COVID-19 vaccine? When will we need a booster shot? And what is inevitably going to happen to those who have chosen not to vaccinate?


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Do you want to live a longer, more energetic life?


The march of time is unrelenting. Sure. But scientists say they're on the cusp of changing how long we live – and HOW WELL we live those bonus years.


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Weekly roundup — Sleep, COVID-19 & a strange-sounding ostrich


If your genes make you a "night owl," the odds are higher you'll develop depression. Can we do anything to change that? Also, why is the EU planning to store our vaccination information inside a QR code, of all places? And, finally, a big shout-out to the listener who won our bird quiz!


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