COVID: A distorted sense of smell is dangerous but treatable

Dean Drobot/Shutterstock Lucy, a patient of mine, contracted COVID-19 in the first wave of the pandemic, before lockdown. She had trouble breathing and her doctor told her to call an ambulance if her lips turned blue. Luckily, she recovered well at home with rest and paracetamol – but it wasn’tContinue Reading

Can the laws of physics disprove God?

Could God travel faster than the speed of light? robert_s/Shutterstock I still believed in God (I am now an atheist) when I heard the following question at a seminar, first posed by Einstein, and was stunned by its elegance and depth: ‘If there is a God who created the entireContinue Reading

Three ways virtual reality could transform mental health treatment

Virtual reality can create immersive simulations of real environments. Elle Aon/ Shutterstock With one in four of us expected to experience a mental health problem at any one time, increasing access to treatment has become essential. But doing so is challenging. Therapists require extensive training, and the most effective formsContinue Reading

After blocking Australian news, Facebook’s free speech myth is dead – and regulators should take notice

mundissima/Alamy Stock Photo, CC BY-NC Facebook’s recent decision to block its Australian users from sharing or viewing news content has provoked a worldwide backlash and accusations of hubris and bullying. The row has also exposed the fragility of Facebook’s founding myth: that Mark Zuckerberg’s brainchild is a force for good,Continue Reading