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أضواء على الأبحاث الطيور الطنّانة تُحَلِّق عاليًا.. وتستجمُّ ليلًا

Credit: Tui De Roy/NPL من المعلوم عن بعض أنواع الطيور الطنانة أنها تمتصُّ في اليوم الواحد ما يفُوق وزنها رحيقًا، من أجل الحصول على الطاقة اللازمة لتحليقها النشط، الذي يستهلك قدرًا كبيرًا من الطاقة، فضلًا عن تدفئة أجسامها الدقيقة. ورُغم ذلك، فمما يثير الدهشة أنَّ بإمكان تلك الطيور التحليق على ارتفاعات تصل إلى 5000 متر فوق سطح البحر في جبال …

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Coronavirus mutations: what we’ve learned so far

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ImageFlow/Shutterstock Lucy van Dorp, UCL In early January, the first genome sequence of Sars-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – was released under the moniker “Wuhan-1”. This string of 30,000 letters (the A, T, C and Gs of the genetic code) marked day one in the race to understand the genetics of this newly discovered coronavirus. Now, a further …

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5 tips on how unis can do more to design online learning that works for all students

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Shutterstock Erin Leif, Monash University; Christine Grové, Monash University; Laura Alfrey, Monash University; Stella Laletas, Monash University, and Umesh Sharma, Monash University The COVID-19 pandemic has driven a rapid shift to online learning at all Australian universities. This presents unique opportunities for both educators and students, but also new challenges. Recent media reports suggest online learning might not be meeting …

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Password education should be age-appropriate: here’s how

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Our set of best practice principles should help adults to teach the principles to children in an age-appropriate way. Shutterstock Karen Renaud, Rhodes University and Suzanne Prior, Abertay University Children are increasingly being exposed to, and using, technology from a very young age. This has never been more true than in 2020 when the vast majority of children worldwide have …

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Lab experiments in the pandemic moved online or mailed home to uni students

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<figure> <img src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/338458/original/file-20200529-51449-15pz5hk.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&rect=29%2C29%2C4542%2C2807&q=45&auto=format&w=754&fit=clip” /> <figcaption> <span class=”attribution”><span class=”source”>hxdbzxy/Shutterstock</span></span> </figcaption> </figure> <span><a href=”https://theconversation.com/profiles/brian-abbey-104998″>Brian Abbey</a>, <em><a href=”https://theconversation.com/institutions/la-trobe-university-842″>La Trobe University</a></em> and <a href=”https://theconversation.com/profiles/david-hoxley-1083894″>David Hoxley</a>, <em><a href=”https://theconversation.com/institutions/la-trobe-university-842″>La Trobe University</a></em></span> <p>The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken university education, with most teaching moved off campus and students learning online at home.</p> <p>But a cornerstone of undergraduate science education has been a challenge: the laboratory class.</p> <p>The real …

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Universities are a juicy prize for cyber criminals. Here are 5 ways to improve their defences

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Universities worldwide are a growing target for hackers. A July 2020 report by cybersecurity company Redscan found more than 50% of UK universities recorded a data breach in the previous 12 months. More recently, a data breach has affected 444,000 users of ProctorU. Universities, including several Australian ones, use this online tool to supervise students sitting exams from home. Personal records from ProctorU …

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Beyond the black hole of global university rankings: rediscovering the true value of knowledge and ideas

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The recent release of global university rankings and the way these are reported raises important questions about the role and reputation of our tertiary institutions. Are universities measured and ranked according to what we really value? Or are they ranked and valued only by what is measured? And are those measures authentic and trusted indicators of quality? There was a time when no one …

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University rankings don’t measure what matters

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GettyImages Sioux McKenna, Rhodes University International rankings of universities are big business and big news. These systems order universities on the basis of a variety of criteria such as student to staff ratio, income from industry, and reputation as captured through public surveys. Universities around the world use their rankings as marketing material and parents and prospective students make life …

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Can an Islamic education produce critical thinking?

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Dennis Hayes, University of Derby The closure of the secondary section of the Al-Madinah free school in Derby will be celebrated by those who oppose free schools and what are euphemistically labelled “faith” schools. Whatever the stated objections to them it is left to bloggers to warn of indoctrination. The bloggers say what many people fear and fear to say …

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A place for people to pray and birds to sing

“At the very core, the mosque is the sacred place of Islam. It is where men and women and children go to pray,” says University of Michigan art history professor Christiane Gruber. But, according to her research, some make room for other, non-human creatures too. Images: Flickr/Arian Zwegers: https://www.flickr.com/photos/azweger… Wikimedia/Patrickringgenberg: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi… Pixabay/Public Domain: https://www.maxpixel.net/Religious-Ma… Pixabay/Konevi: https://pixabay.com/photos/kaaba-the-… Flickr/Jan Smith: https://www.flickr.com/photos/2608579… Wikimedia/Mstyslav …

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