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When too much news is bad news: is the way we consume news detrimental to our health?

Shutterstock Evita March, Federation University Australia Humans are curious and social creatures by nature. The news helps us make sense of the world around us and connects us with our local, national and international community. So it’s no wonder we’re drawn to it. Objective, legitimate news also keeps us informed, empowering us with knowledge to make balanced decisions. But the …

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Universities have invested in online learning – and it can provide students with value for money

fizkes/Shutterstock Kyungmee Lee, Lancaster University As the coronavirus pandemic continues, so does universities’ reliance on online teaching, prompting complaints from students that they are not getting full value from tuition fees. Students who have returned to campus fear that their university experience as a whole is being diminished. Manchester Metropolitan University has moved first-year teaching online as students self-isolate. The …

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How parents should talk to their children about sex

Talking about sex doesn’t have to be awkward. pixelheadphoto digitalskillet/Shutterstock Áine Aventin, Queen’s University Belfast Parents and children need to be able to discuss sex – but often they avoid these conversations. As part of our sex education research, we spoke to UK teenagers about why they don’t talk to their parents about sex. Visions of excruciating embarrassment topped the …

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How universities can ensure students still have a good experience, despite coronavirus

Kzenon/Shutterstock Helen Higson, Aston University As UK university students begin an academic year, they are experiencing a totally different way of life. Some have already found themselves in lockdown in their residences and are afraid they will not be getting some of the usual benefits of university education. Universities have a duty of care for students’ health and well-being, and …

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We must make moral choices about how we relate to social media apps

The Social Dilemma/Netflix Dion Forster, Stellenbosch University Recently a South African radio show asked, “If you had to choose between your mobile phone and your pet, which would choose?” Think about that for a moment. Many callers responded they would choose their phone. I was shocked… But to be honest, I give more attention to my phone than to my …

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How much do our genes restrict free will?

Hannah Critchlow, University of Cambridge Social media algorithms, artificial intelligence, and our own genetics are among the factors influencing us beyond our awareness. This raises an ancient question: do we have control over our own lives? This article is part of The Conversation’s series on the science of free will. Many of us believe we are masters of own destiny, …

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You’re not done with banana bread – a psychologist reveals all

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Nata Bene/Shutterstock Stephanie Baines, Bangor University During the first pandemic lockdowns at the start of 2020, social media was flooded with pictures of homemade banana bread as people turned to baking in lieu of socialising. Now with many places reintroducing or anticipating further restrictions as COVID-19 case numbers rise again, there’s a good chance we could see a revival of …

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How fracking plans could affect shared water resources in southern Africa

Fracking in the headwaters of the Okavango delta may negatively affect the water quality in this water source area. GettyImages

Fracking in the headwaters of the Okavango delta may negatively affect the water quality in this water source area. GettyImages Surina Esterhuyse, University of the Free State Recently, news reports revealed plans by a Canadian oil and gas company, ReconAfrica, to explore for oil and gas in some of Africa’s most sensitive protected areas. These areas include the Namibian headwaters …

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Humans threaten the Antarctic Peninsula’s fragile ecosystem. A marine protected area is long overdue

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Shutterstock Marissa Parrott, University of Melbourne; Carolyn Hogg, University of Sydney; Cassandra Brooks, University of Colorado Boulder; Justine Shaw, The University of Queensland, and Melissa Cristina Márquez, Curtin University Antarctica, the world’s last true wilderness, has been protected by an international treaty for the last 60 years. But the same isn’t true for most of the ocean surrounding it. Just …

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فيروس كورونا: أي نوع من الصابون أفضل؟

فيروس كورونا: أي نوع من الصابون أفضل؟ على مدار الأشهر القليلة الماضية، عرفنا أهمية غسل أيدينا بانتظام – لمدة 20 ثانية على الأقل – للحماية من فيروس كورونا. ولكن مع وجود العديد من أنواع الصابون المختلفة للاختيار من بينها، فكيف يمكننا تحديد الأفضل؟

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