Matthew Wilson

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Why Is MERS So Contagious?

Amid an outbreak of the deadly virus in South Korea, virologists are piecing together an understanding of a new but familiar respiratory illness.<p>When you study something that is, in the strictest sense, invisible, answers to seemingly straightforward questions quickly become elusive.<p>Like: What …

Public Health

How to Spot an Internet Troll in Just Five Comments

Scientists are on the case.<p>Anyone who's waded into an online comments section has encountered trolls. The users just want to get a rise out of you, and sometimes, despite your best efforts, you give in to their offensive posting and get into a big fight. But Quartz reports that academics are …

That Time the Toughest Guy on Game of Thrones Was a Pop Star

Jerome Flynn aka Bronn was once one-half of the chart-dominating duo Robson & Jerome.<p>On the shortlist of the toughest, baddest, most-capable-of-killing-every-last-motherf*cker-in-the-room characters on <i>Game of Thrones</i>, the mercenary sellsword Bronn is somewhere near the top. Charming and hilarious …

Ched Evans: Sorry, but all rapes are not the same

The story of Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans is far more problematic than that of a predator in a dark underpass<p>A lovely woman I know was in court recently after a chance DNA sample identified the man who raped her 20 years ago. The brute kidnapped Sarah and threatened to kill her before …

Church of England

Please, Theresa, let Anjem Choudary go and get himself killed

The time to stop these maniacs is when they’re trying to come back into the country – not when they’re leaving<p>The news is always grim, isn’t it? Doom and gloom everywhere. And even the news which appears to be good has a dark cloud hovering behind it. For example, we frequently hear reports of …

How The Spectator snared the Fake Sheikh – 15 years ago

(In 1999 the News of the World offered Lloyd Evans £5,000 to destroy Boris Johnson’s career. Here’s the story…) - Now it can be told. A couple of months ago — following the stitch-up by the <i>News of the World</i> of Lawrence Dallaglio and the 10th Earl of Hardwicke (to name but two of the paper’s victims …