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Despite defeats, the Islamic State remains unbroken and defiant around the world

A group of Islamic State fighters surrender in Afghanistan. Many of their comrades are still in the fight. Noorullah Shirzada/AFP via Getty Images

A group of Islamic State fighters surrender in Afghanistan. Many of their comrades are still in the fight. Noorullah Shirzada/AFP via Getty Images Brian Glyn Williams, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth In a series of bloody campaigns from 2014 to 2019, a multinational military coalition drove the Islamic State group, often known as ISIS, out of much of the Iraqi and …

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Urban farming: four reasons it should flourish post-pandemic

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Joshua Resnick/Shutterstock Dan Evans, Lancaster University and Jess Davies, Lancaster University Since lockdown, public interest in growing fruit and vegetables at home has soared. Seed packets are flying off shelves and allotment waiting lists are swelling, with one council receiving a 300% increase in applications. Fear of food shortages will have motivated some, but others with more time on their …

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How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

What can a single person’s flu infection tell you about how the virus changes around the world? Xue and Bloom, CC BY-SA

What can a single person’s flu infection tell you about how the virus changes around the world? Xue and Bloom, CC BY-SA Katherine Xue, University of Washington and Jesse Bloom, University of Washington Evolution is usually very slow, a process of change that takes thousands or millions of years to see. But for influenza, evolution is fast – and deadly. …

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