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How media reports of ‘clashes’ mislead Americans about Israeli-Palestinian violence

When does a ‘clash’ become an ‘assault’? AP Photo/Maya Levin Maha Nassar, University of Arizona Israeli police attacked mourners carrying the coffin of slain Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on May 13, 2022, beating pallbearers with batons and kicking them when they fell to the ground. Yet those who skimmed the headlines of initial reports from several U.S. media outlets …

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COVID has reached North Korea, threatening a humanitarian emergency

Michael Head, University of Southampton The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020. But it’s only in recent days, in May 2022, that the secretive Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) has reported its first confirmed cases of the virus. While it may seem somewhat astounding that a country has managed to get so far into …

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Antibiotics can lead to life-threatening fungal infection because of disruption to the gut microbiome – new study

pirke/Shutterstock Rebecca A. Drummond, University of Birmingham Fungal infections kill around the same number of people each year as tuberculosis. They mostly take hold in people who are vulnerable because they have a defective immune system caused by an underlying disease, such as cancer, or a viral infection, such as HIV or COVID. Our new study shows that antibiotics can …

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Moon Knight – an Egyptologist on how the series gets the gods right

Khonshu the moon God takes centre stage in Marvel’s Moon Knight. Marvel/Disney Claire Gilmour, University of Bristol Marvel’s Moon Knight follows Steven Grant who, despite living quietly as a museum gift shop employee, finds himself drawn into the strange world of Egyptian gods. He discovers that he has other personalities – mainly Marc Spector, a human vessel who is being …

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Four strange COVID symptoms you might not have heard about

ShotPrime Studio/Shutterstock Vassilios Vassiliou, University of East Anglia; Ranu Baral, University of East Anglia, and Vasiliki Tsampasian, University of East Anglia Well over two years into the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of COVID cases continue to be recorded around the world every day. With the rise of new variants, the symptoms of COVID have also evolved. Initially, the NHS regarded …

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Young Indian farmers are turning to an ancient crop to fight water stress and climate change

Young Indian farmers are turning to an ancient crop to fight water stress and climate change Thana Ram / shutterstock Shruti Bhogal, University of Cambridge; Adam S. Green, University of Cambridge; Cameron Andrew Petrie, University of Cambridge, and Sandeep Dixit, University of Cambridge India is facing a water and food crisis, exacerbated by extreme climate cycles such as the current heatwave …

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Finland and Sweden’s desire to join Nato shows Putin has permanently redrawn the map of Europe

Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham With Finland’s leaders announcing they want the country to join Nato, and all the signs pointing to Sweden doing the same, it is becoming clearer than ever that Vladimir Putin’s attempt to fundamentally restructure the European security order has worked. But it hasn’t worked the way the Russian president envisaged when it comes to Nato-Russia …

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Comprendre la notion de « limites planétaires »

Natacha Gondran, Mines Saint-Etienne – Institut Mines-Télécom and Aurélien Boutaud, Mines Saint-Etienne – Institut Mines-Télécom Quand un athlète approche de trop près les limites de son corps, il arrive souvent que ce dernier réagisse par une blessure qui le contraint alors au repos. Quel sportif ayant poussé trop loin ses capacités ne s’est fait rappeler à l’ordre par un claquage, …

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Lessons for Ukraine from the Rohingya crisis: even sympathetic communities can lose their enthusiasm for hosting refugees

Palash Kamruzzaman, University of South Wales and Bulbul Siddiqi, North South University Countries in Europe have opened their borders and homes to Ukrainians fleeing Russian aggression. Of course, Ukrainians are far from the first group of refugees to need shelter and welcome from host countries. Refugees are vulnerable people who, because of limited opportunities in refugee camps, can be exposed …

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Ukraine war: Russia’s new military hardware looked good on parade, but are less impressive in the field

Frank Ledwidge, University of Portsmouth Every year, the May 9 Victory Day parade in Moscow showcases the latest in Russian weapons systems – and this year’s, of course, had special meaning. The weaponry looked good on the parade ground – but how well are Russia’s high-tech weapons performing on the battlefield? As always in Russia’s Victory day parade, tanks and …

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