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How universities can ensure students still have a good experience, despite coronavirus

Kzenon/Shutterstock Helen Higson, Aston University As UK university students begin an academic year, they are experiencing a totally different way of life. Some have already found themselves in lockdown in their residences and are afraid they will not be getting some of the usual benefits of university education. Universities have a duty of care for students’ health and well-being, and …

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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

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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Fracking in the headwaters of the Okavango delta may negatively affect the water quality in this water source area. GettyImages

How fracking plans could affect shared water resources in southern Africa

Fracking in the headwaters of the Okavango delta may negatively affect the water quality in this water source area. GettyImages Surina Esterhuyse, University of the Free State Recently, news reports revealed plans by a Canadian oil and gas company, ReconAfrica, to explore for oil and gas in some of Africa’s most sensitive protected areas. These areas include the Namibian headwaters …

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Humans threaten the Antarctic Peninsula’s fragile ecosystem. A marine protected area is long overdue

Shutterstock Marissa Parrott, University of Melbourne; Carolyn Hogg, University of Sydney; Cassandra Brooks, University of Colorado Boulder; Justine Shaw, The University of Queensland, and Melissa Cristina Márquez, Curtin University Antarctica, the world’s last true wilderness, has been protected by an international treaty for the last 60 years. But the same isn’t true for most of the ocean surrounding it. Just …

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فيروس كورونا: أي نوع من الصابون أفضل؟

فيروس كورونا: أي نوع من الصابون أفضل؟ على مدار الأشهر القليلة الماضية، عرفنا أهمية غسل أيدينا بانتظام – لمدة 20 ثانية على الأقل – للحماية من فيروس كورونا. ولكن مع وجود العديد من أنواع الصابون المختلفة للاختيار من بينها، فكيف يمكننا تحديد الأفضل؟

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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

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 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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Bottle-fed babies may consume millions of microplastic particles, our research suggests

Evso/Shutterstock Dunzhu Li, Trinity College Dublin and Yunhong Shi, Trinity College Dublin Microplastics can now be found in almost every environment on Earth, but scientists know surprisingly little about how the products we use every day shed these tiny plastic particles. If you drink from a plastic water bottle or eat out of a microwaveable container today, there’s a good …

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What coronavirus survey told us about getting people to take a vaccine

The search goes on. Shutterstock/Orpheus FX Lynn Williams, University of Strathclyde Vaccination will be hugely important in controlling future waves of COVID-19. But for it to work, we will need high levels of public acceptance of a vaccine, if and when it eventually becomes available. In recent years, vaccination rates have fallen across the world, and public confidence in vaccines …

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