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Male fertility: how age affects men’s chances of having children

Men can produce children for longer than women. Shutterstock/fizkes Michael Carroll, Manchester Metropolitan University In 2012, proud dad Ramjit Raghav made global headlines when he became a father at the age of 96. He had beaten the record for the world’s oldest dad – a record he’d set himself, two years earlier, at the age of 94. Older men fathering …

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Can the laws of physics disprove God?

Could God travel faster than the speed of light? robert_s/Shutterstock Monica Grady, The Open University I still believed in God (I am now an atheist) when I heard the following question at a seminar, first posed by Einstein, and was stunned by its elegance and depth: ‘If there is a God who created the entire universe and ALL of its …

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Australia, fighting Facebook, is the latest country to struggle against foreign influence on journalism

The New York Times Facebook site on Feb. 18, 2021 as seen in Melbourne, Australia: Empty. Robert Cianflone/Getty Images Vanessa Freije, University of Washington Facebook has barred Australians from finding or sharing news on its platform, in response to an Australian government proposal to require social media networks to pay journalism organizations for their content. The move is already reducing …

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How the pandemic may damage children’s social intelligence

Children’s brain development rely on interaction with other kids. sutadimages/Shutterstock Barbara Jacquelyn Sahakian, University of Cambridge; Christelle Langley, University of Cambridge; Fei Li, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Jianfeng Feng, Fudan University Do you remember the excitement and anticipation of your first day at school? Perhaps you were looking forward to making new friends. Or maybe you were shy and …

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Birds use massive magnetic maps to migrate – and some could cover the whole world

muratart/Shutterstock Richard Holland, Bangor University and Dmitry Kishkinev, Keele University Every year, billions of songbirds migrate thousands of miles between Europe and Africa – and then repeat that same journey again, year after year, to nest in exactly the same place that they chose on their first great journey. The remarkable navigational precision displayed by these tiny birds – as …

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Financial professions must pivot to stave off technological extinction

The accounting profession and others in the financial services industry are at risk of extinction due to technological advances. (Adeolu Eletu/Unsplash) Erica Pimentel, Concordia University Blockchain technology threatens to upend the financial sector. While this presents an opportunity to reduce costs for businesses and consumers alike, it may also make some professions, like accounting, obsolete. What can financial professionals do …

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From the pyramids to Apollo 11 – can AI ever rival human creativity?

From the pyramids to Apollo 11 – can AI ever rival human creativity? Wonders of the world. Sam valadi/Flickr, CC BY-SA Tim Schweisfurth, University of Southern Denmark and René Chester Goduscheit, Aarhus University The European Patent Office recently turned down an application for a patent that described a food container. This was not because the invention was not novel or …

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AI could constantly scan the internet for data privacy violations, a quicker, easier way to enforce compliance

You leave bits of your personal data behind online, and companies are happy to trade in them. metamorworks/ iStock/Getty Images Plus Karuna Pande Joshi, University of Maryland, Baltimore County You’re trailing bits of personal data – such as credit card numbers, shopping preferences and which news articles you read – as you travel around the internet. Large internet companies make …

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How blockchain could help the world meet the UN’s global goals in higher education

Blockchain can support the dissemination of open educational resources on a global scale. (Shutterstock) Rory McGreal, Athabasca University Improving quality of life for people globally means investing in education. By 2025, more than 100 million learners are estimated to be capable of higher education but won’t have access to it either because they cannot afford the costs, or because courses …

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