pandemics

Netflix's Barbarians taught me those Romans had it coming

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Of all the times and places to have been on the wrong side of history, I can’t imagine many worse…

covid

The US is coming out of COVID no worse than any European country

20 October 2020 6:07 am

It has become a received wisdom in recent months that the US has failed where the EU had succeeded. On…

Tree-ring analysis has solved many historical mysteries

13 June 2020 9:00 am

History is only as good as its sources. It is limited largely to what has survived of written records, and…

china cover-up

China’s COVID cover-up shows it can’t be trusted

1 May 2020 1:55 am

‘Hide your capacities, bide your time’, China’s former leader, Deng Xiaoping, famously once said. Few in the West understood what…

massachusetts

Massachusetts study finds a third of sample have COVID-19 antibodies

20 April 2020 11:44 pm

Last week I reported here a Stanford University study which found that infection with SARS-CoV-2 — the virus which causes COVID-19…