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May, 2021

  • 22 May

    Almost divine power’: the lawyers who sign off who lives and who dies in modern war zones

    ‘ Shutterstock Craig Jones, Newcastle University When we think of war, we might think of soldiers on the front line – or those pulling the trigger – as the ones responsible for the death or injuries of those they are targeting. But my research suggests that over the past few decades an unlikely profession has become deeply involved in the …

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  • 21 May

    Sentarse recto puede causar dolor de espalda

    Shutterstock / MoQcCa Martín Eusebio Barra López, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya La necesidad de reducir las interacciones sociales como medida preventiva ante el covid-19 ha potenciado el teletrabajo de forma extraordinaria. Y eso ha dado lugar a muchas conversaciones sobre los riesgos laborales del teletrabajo. La discusión sobre las consecuencias negativas, tanto para la salud visual como para la columna …

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  • 21 May

    How lockdown has affected children’s speech – and what parents can do to help

    Learning to speak does not happen in a vaccum. Interaction with peers and the wider world is crucial. charlein gracia | unsplash, FAL Yvonne Wren, University of Bristol The pandemic means many children will have spent the best part of a year interacting much less than normal with teachers, friends and family. One of the big questions is how this …

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  • 20 May

    Tesla’s Bitcoin about-face is a warning for cryptocurrencies that ignore climate change

    Shutterstock John Hawkins, University of Canberra Over the weekend, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk suggested his company could sell off its Bitcoin holdings, sending the cryptocurrency plummeting. It followed Musk’s announcement earlier this month that his company would no longer accept Bitcoin in payment for its electric cars, due to the fossil fuels needed to create the digital currency. Bitcoin …

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  • 20 May

    Immune response might be more about signalling to others that you need help and less about protecting your body

    Rido/Shutterstock Jonathan R Goodman, University of Cambridge A major debate during the pandemic, and in infectious disease research more broadly, is why infected people die. No virus “wants” to kill anyone, as an epidemiologist once said to me. Like any other form of life, a virus’s goal is only to survive and reproduce. A growing body of evidence instead suggests …

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  • 20 May

    Both Israel and Hamas are aiming to look strong, instead of finding a way out of their endless war

    On the left, fire and smoke rise above buildings in Gaza City as Israeli warplanes target the Palestinian enclave on May 17, 2021; on the right, rockets launched from Gaza flying toward Israel on May 10, 2021. Mahmud Hams / AFP/Getty Images and Mahmoud Issa/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images. Boaz Atzili, American University School of International Service Israel and Hamas …

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  • 19 May

    How quickly do we become unfit?

    Becoming ‘unfit’ happens a lot faster than it takes us to get ‘fit’. New Africa/ Shutterstock Dan Gordon, Anglia Ruskin University and Justin Roberts, Anglia Ruskin University Getting in shape isn’t easy. But after all that hard work, how long do we actually maintain it? Turns out that even the great effort we put into training, taking a bit of …

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  • 19 May

    Israeli politics and the Palestine question: everything you need to know

    John Strawson, University of East London As civilian causalities mount in Gaza, Israeli politicians of all hues must face the stark reality that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict cannot be managed but needs to be resolved. Relations between Palestinians and Israelis and between Jewish and Palestinian Israeli citizens have reached a new dangerous moment. The pretence that the conflict was marginal to …

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  • 19 May

    COVID vaccines: some fully vaccinated people will still get infected – here’s why

    Tara Hurst, Birmingham City University The development of several COVID vaccines in less than a year has given us all hope of a release from the pandemic. Now the goal has shifted to ensuring widespread vaccine coverage is achieved as quickly as possible around the globe. However, it is unlikely that any of the vaccines will be 100% effective at …

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  • 19 May

    Many questions, few answers, as conflict deepens between Israelis and Palestinians

    Tony Walker, La Trobe University What’s next in the latest Middle East convulsion? Will a ceasefire between the Hamas militant group in Gaza and Israel be brokered by Arab mediators in coordination with western powers, or will the situation continue to deteriorate? Are we witnessing the beginning of an intensifying conflict in which Israelis find themselves enveloped in a bloody …

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