Science and Technology

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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Artemis Accords: why many countries are refusing to sign Moon exploration agreement

Illustration of a future Moon base by the European Space Agency, which hasn’t signed the Artemis Accords. ESA; RegoLight, visualisation: Liquifer Systems Group, 2018, CC BY-SA

Illustration of a future Moon base by the European Space Agency, which hasn’t signed the Artemis Accords. ESA; RegoLight, visualisation: Liquifer Systems Group, 2018, CC BY-SA Christopher Newman, Northumbria University, Newcastle Eight countries have signed the Artemis Accords, a set of guidelines surrounding the Artemis Program for crewed exploration of the Moon. The United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, …

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فيروس كورونا: ما هي أعراض الإصابة به وكيف تقي نفسك منه؟

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تشير بعض الدراسات إلى أن نحو 80 في المئة من المصابين بالفيروس يشعرون بأعراض طفيفة، أو لا تظهر عليهم أعراض على الإطلاق، بيد أن عددا قليلا آخر قد يعاني من أعراض مرضية حادة. فما هو هذا المرض؟ وماذا تفعل كي تقي نفسك من الإصابة به؟ ما هي الأعراض؟ يُصيب فيروس كورونا الرئتين، وتظهر أعراض رئيسية هي: الحمى والسعال الجاف المستمر. …

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¿Cómo viajan los mosquitos? La respuesta está en el viento

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Anopheles. Shutterstock / Warut Prathaksithorn Manuel Peinado Lorca, Universidad de Alcalá y Luis Monje, Universidad de Alcalá Terminó el verano y con él la temporada óptima para los mosquitos hembra. Durante estos meses, además de gozar de un tiempo favorable, encuentran su paraíso en la abundancia de piel desnuda que exhibimos sus víctimas preferidas cuando el calor aprieta. ¿Qué hacen …

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Grímsvötn: Iceland’s most active volcano may be about to erupt

Volcano eruption in 2011. EGILL ADALSTEINSSON/EPA

Dave McGarvie, Lancaster University The ice-covered Grímsvötn volcano on Iceland produced an unusually large and powerful eruption in 2011, sending ash 20km into the atmosphere, causing the cancellation of about 900 passenger flights. In comparison, the much smaller 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull led to the cancellation of about 100,000 flights. Understandably, any mention of another explosive eruption from an Icelandic …

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How does being bilingual affect your brain? It depends on how you use language

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XiXinXing/Shutterstock Vincent DeLuca, University of Birmingham Depending on what you read, speaking more than one language may or may not make you smarter. These mixed messages are understandably confusing, and they’re due to the fact that nothing is quite as simple as it’s typically portrayed when it comes to neuroscience. We can’t give a simple “yes” or “no” to the …

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2020 Nobel Prize in physics awarded for work on black holes – an astrophysicist explains the trailblazing discoveries

A black hole is an object so compact that nothing can escape its gravitational pull, not even light. They are formed when stars die and start collapsing under their own weight. Deep inside the black hole resides an infinitely hot and dense object, a so-called, singularity. Science Photo Library - MARK GARLICK/Getty Images

A black hole is an object so compact that nothing can escape its gravitational pull, not even light. They are formed when stars die and start collapsing under their own weight. Deep inside the black hole resides an infinitely hot and dense object, a so-called, singularity. Science Photo Library – MARK GARLICK/Getty Images Gaurav Khanna, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Black …

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Shopping online to stay safe during the pandemic? Here are 10 tips for avoiding scams

A little digging can help you avoid those too-good-to-be-true traps when shopping online. martin-dm/E+ via Getty Images

A little digging can help you avoid those too-good-to-be-true traps when shopping online. martin-dm/E+ via Getty Images H. Colleen Sinclair, Mississippi State University The holiday season is already a booming time for online shopping. The COVID-19 pandemic only increases the likelihood that when people shop this holiday season, they will choose online shopping over brick-and-mortar stores. However, this also means …

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