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February, 2023

  • 15 February

    Salman Rushdie’s Victory City review: a storyteller at the height of his powers

    Florian Stadtler, University of Bristol Victory City is an epic chronicle of the rise and fall of Vijayanagar (the capital city of the historic southern Indian Vijayanagara empire), which acquires the name “Bisnaga” through ill-fated attempts at pronunciation by a Portuguese traveller. The story unfolds as a fictional retelling of Bisnaga’s history, premised on the archaeological discovery of the Jayaparajaya, …

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January, 2023

  • 29 January

    Death and dying: how different cultures deal with grief and mourning

    John Frederick Wilson, York St John University Grief is a universal emotion. It’s something we all feel, no matter where we come from or what we’ve been through. Grief comes for us all and as humans who form close relationships with other people, it’s hard to avoid. Studies of grieving brains – be it scans of the brain regions which …

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  • 25 January

    The 2,700-year-old rock carvings from when Nineveh was the most dazzling city in the world

    Sennacherib – his face deliberately damaged in antiquity – presides over captives from the Levantine city of Lachish. British Museum, CC BY-NC-SA Martin Worthington, Trinity College Dublin Archaeologists in northern Iraq, working on the Mashki and Adad gate sites in Mosul that were destroyed by Islamic State in 2016, recently uncovered 2,700-year-old Assyrian reliefs. Featuring war scenes and trees, these …

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December, 2022

  • 16 December

    لم لا تناسب مكالمات الفيديو اجتماعات العصف الذهني؟

    لم لا تناسب مكالمات الفيديو اجتماعات العصف الذهني

    باتت اجتماعات الفيديو وسيلة التواصل المعتادة الجديدة في شتى أنحاء العالم، فما تأثيرها على أعمالنا؟ للإجابة عن هذا السؤال، أسرعت مراسلتنا باللجوء إلى شبكة الإنترنت، لمعرفة كيف تختلف المحادثات وجهًا لوجه عن نظيراتها الافتراضية. ووفقًا لنتائج بحث، صدرت مؤخرًا، تبين أنَ القيود التي تفرضها مكالمات الفيديو تؤثر في مهارة مهمة: الإبداع. لكن لم يتأثر الخروج بأفكار جديدة سلبًا بالتواصل عبر …

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  • 14 December

    COVID: what we know about new omicron variant BF.7

    Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock Manal Mohammed, University of Westminster Since the COVID variant omicron emerged in late 2021, it has rapidly evolved into multiple subvariants. One subvariant, BF.7, has recently been identified as the main variant spreading in Beijing, and is contributing to a wider surge of COVID infections in China. But what is this new variant, and should we be worried? …

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  • 2 December

    COVID vaccines: should people under 50 in the UK be offered a fourth dose?

    Studio Romantic/Shutterstock Alessandro Siani, University of Portsmouth It’s been nearly two years since Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive an approved COVID vaccine at a clinic in Coventry on December 8, 2020. Since then, almost 13 billion doses of various COVID vaccines have been administered globally. And they are estimated to have prevented millions of …

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November, 2022

  • 30 November

    Rosetta Stone: a new museum is reviving calls to return the artefact to Egypt

    The Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. Ashy Cat Inc, CC BY-NC-SA Claire Gilmour, University of Bristol With the Arab spring of 2011, a downturn in tourism and the devastation of COVID, the odds have been stacked against the opening of Giza’s Grand Egyptian Museum, work on which began in 2005 and is due to complete 2023. Nevertheless, it will house …

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  • 30 November

    COP27: how the fossil fuel lobby crowded out calls for climate justice

    Alix Dietzel, University of Bristol COP27 has just wrapped up. Despite much excitement over a new fund to address “loss and damage” caused by climate change, there is also anger about perceived backsliding on commitments to lower emissions and phase out fossil fuels. As an academic expert in climate justice who went along this year, hoping to make a difference, …

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  • 24 November

    COP27 will be remembered as a failure – here’s what went wrong

    Mark Maslin, UCL; Priti Parikh, UCL; Richard Taylor, UCL, and Simon Chin-Yee, UCL Billed as “Africa’s COP”, the 27th UN climate change summit (otherwise known as COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, was expected to promote climate justice, as this is the continent most affected but least responsible for the climate crisis. Negotiations for a fund that would compensate developing countries …

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  • 23 November

    World Cup 2022: Qatar is accused of ‘sportswashing’ but do the fans really care?

    Doha. All clean? Shutterstock/HasanZaidi Argyro Elisavet Manoli, Loughborough University Fifa’s choice of Qatar as host of the 2022 men’s football World Cup has been controversial since day one. Questions continue to be raised about the nation’s attitude to human rights, and its treatment of migrant workers. To some, the entire event exemplifies the concept of “sportswashing” – using sport as …

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