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Taiwan dominates the world’s supply of computer chips – no wonder the US is worried

Maria Ryan, University of Nottingham One aspect of Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan that has been largely overlooked is her meeting with Mark Lui, chairman of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC). Pelosi’s trip coincided with US efforts to convince TSMC – the world’s largest chip manufacturer, on which the US is heavily dependent – to establish a manufacturing base …

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Taiwan: Beijing reacts to Pelosi’s visit with live-fire exercises prompting fears of escalation

Todd Hall, University of Oxford The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has reportedly fired several DF-15B ballistic missiles into the seas around Taiwan as part of large scale military drills announced in response to the visit this week by the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. The areas chosen for these exercises are unprecedented in their proximity …

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Heatwaves: why ethnic minorities in the UK are more vulnerable, and what to do about it

Charles Ogunbode, University of Nottingham and Jeremy Kidwell, University of Birmingham Temperatures in the UK recently breached 40°C for the first time in recorded history. The country is set to experience more frequent and more extreme heatwaves as carbon emissions continue to accumulate in the atmosphere. Heatwaves have worrying implications for human health including sleep loss, mental illness, and increased …

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