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Iran attack: how Reaper drones really carry out airstrikes

Kit Leong/Shutterstock Peter Lee, University of Portsmouth The recent killing of senior Iranian general Qassem Soleimani has been widely reported as conducted by an MQ-9 Reaper drone. But what does such an operation actually involve? While the ultimate decision to carry out the attack has clearly been placed with the Trump administration, much of the reporting and commentary has still …

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E-cigarettes nearly twice as effective as other nicotine replacement therapies at helping smokers quit

Oleggg/Shutterstock Katie Myers Smith, Queen Mary University of London; Hayden McRobbie, Queen Mary University of London, and Peter Hajek, Queen Mary University of London Many smokers successfully quit by switching to e-cigarettes (vaping), but doctors can’t recommend this treatment without good evidence from clinical trials. They now have this evidence. Our latest study confirms that e-cigarettes are indeed an effective …

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Reusable containers aren’t always better for the environment than disposable ones – new research

The environmental footprint of reusable containers may not be as light as we think. Marco Verch/Flickr, CC BY-SA Alejandro Gallego Schmid, University of Manchester; Adisa Azapagic, University of Manchester, and Joan Manuel F. Mendoza, Ikerbasque Foundation We are facing a waste crisis, with landfills across the world at full capacity and mountains of “recycled” waste dumped in developing countries. Food …

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