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Coronavirus
29th June, 2020
The disease COVID-19, caused coronavirus, was thought to originate from a seafood market in China, and be 10,000 years old... but it may come from elsewhere and be millions of years older.
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Baby Tastes (Things We Don’t Know about Pregnancy Series #22)
26th June, 2020
Do your baby’s tastes depend on what you ate when they were in the womb? Can you taste train them to like healthy veg by eating lots of it?
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Coronavirus 101
21st June, 2020
Coronavirus is zoonotic: it came from animals and jumped into humans. But when, and from what animal? How old is the virus, and why are there huge discrepancies in the scientific findings?
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Superfetation (Things We Don’t Know about Pregnancy Series #21)
14th June, 2020
Superfetation – the phenomenon of becoming pregnant whilst already pregnant – is reported in humans, hares, fish and other animals. But much of the evidence is dubious, and remains controversial. Because it’s rare, we don’t know any symptoms to look out for, and diagnosis is by elimination.
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Gender and Pain
5th June, 2020
Amongst many other contributing factors, our sex and gender may have a profound impact on pain and our pain experience, and pain may directly impact how we express gender, or feed into stereotypical gender norms.
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Cryptic Pregnancies (Things We Don’t Know about Pregnancy Series #20)
30th May, 2020
1 in every 475 pregnancies is “cryptic” – or goes unnoticed by the mother, sometimes until labour. But how and why does this happen, and what are the consequences of it? Scientists have put forward three evolutionary theories to explain.
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