TimeLine Layout

September, 2021

  • 18 September

    The ‘new’ Taliban regime in Afghanistan: different methods but the same political goal

    Niels Terpstra, Utrecht University In the press conferences that have followed the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, the group has projected a changed image. Its spokesmen have attempted to distance this Taliban from the legacy of brutal force and violent oppression of women and ethnic minorities that characterised their 1990s regime, instead emphasising their concern for the safety and security of …

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  • 18 September

    We created holograms you can touch – you could soon shake a virtual colleague’s hand

    Holograms with a sense of touch are being created at Glasgow University. Design_cells/Shutterstock Ravinder Dahiya, University of Glasgow The TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation introduced millions of people to the idea of a holodeck: an immersive, realistic 3D holographic projection of a complete environment that you could interact with and even touch. In the 21st century, holograms are …

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  • 18 September

    Q+A: COVID vaccine boosters – who will receive them and why are they being given?

    ShotPrime Studio/Shutterstock Sarah Pitt, University of Brighton After consulting its vaccine advisers, the UK government is launching its much-discussed COVID-19 vaccine booster programme. From the week beginning September 20 2021, a third dose will be offered to all people who were prioritised in the first wave of the UK’s vaccine rollout. This includes all residents and staff of care homes, …

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  • 18 September

    China’s new rules allow kids on video games just 3 hours a week – but gaming addiction isn’t about time, it’s about attitude

    Joanne Orlando, Western Sydney University People in China under the age of 18 will only be allowed to play video games between 8pm and 9pm on Fridays, weekends and on public holidays, under new rules introduced this week. China’s state media service says the rules aim to curb gaming addiction. China has a history of making dramatic moves aimed at …

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  • 17 September

    Por qué leer a los clásicos nos hace más inteligentes

    Jorisvo / Shutterstock Lola Josa, Universitat de Barcelona Cuanto existe es posible por haber sido nombrado. Alonso Quijano lo sabía. Miguel de Cervantes nos describe al personaje pensativo, cavilando con detenimiento con qué palabras nombrar la realidad que le acompañará una vez convertido en don Quijote de la Mancha. Tras ese nuevo génesis, podrá aventurarse a ser un caballero andante …

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  • 17 September

    China is on course to build the best cars in the world

    Tom Stacey, Anglia Ruskin University Europeans and other western nations have dominated automotive excellence for over a century. Whether it is the satisfying thud of the door closing on a Volkswagen from Wolfsburg, or the beauty of a Ferrari from Modena, these brands are iconic – and very lucrative for their manufacturers. When we think of reliability, the Germans, and …

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  • 17 September

    Dante, siete siglos de literatura popular

    Beatrice dirigiéndose a Dante. William Blake / Tate Gallery, CC BY-NC-ND Juan Varela-Portas de Orduña, Universidad Complutense de Madrid Las dos preguntas más frecuentes que en este séptimo centenario nos están haciendo a quienes estudiamos a Dante son por qué se lee a Dante y por qué leer a Dante. Las dos parten de la idea, sin duda correcta, de …

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  • 17 September

    African tropical mountain forests store far more carbon than previously thought – new research

    Mountain forests are significant carbon stores. Heibe/Pixabay Aida Cuní Sanchez, University of York; Martin Sullivan, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Phil Platts, University of York Tropical forests are well known for being the “lungs” of our planet. Through photosynthesis, the trees in these forests produce oxygen and remove enormous amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate global warming. …

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  • 16 September

    ¿Por qué fracasan todos los fármacos contra el alzhéimer?

    Shutterstock / LightField Studios Elisabet Sánchez Mejías, Universidad de Málaga and Antonia Gutiérrez, Universidad de Málaga La agencia del medicamento de Estados Unidos (FDA) aprobó este año, tras casi 20 años de espera, el primer tratamiento para el alzhéimer dirigido a modificar su curso patológico. Se trata de Aducanumab, un anticuerpo monoclonal anti-amiloide que se comercializará con el nombre de …

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  • 16 September

    Calculating the costs of the Afghanistan War in lives, dollars and years

    Heading for the exit. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images Neta C. Crawford, Boston University The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 to destroy al-Qaida, remove the Taliban from power and remake the nation. On Aug. 30, 2021, the U.S. completed a pullout of troops from Afghanistan, providing an uncertain punctuation mark to two decades of conflict. For the past 11 …

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