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September, 2021

  • 11 September

    9/11: how politicians and the media turned terrorism into an Islamic issue

    Jared Ahmad, University of Sheffield As we mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, it is important to reflect on the legacy that event – and the “war on terror” more broadly – has had for the way news media cover terrorism. Though we should be clear that terrorism as we define it now predates the attacks by …

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  • 11 September

    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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  • 11 September

    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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  • 10 September

    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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  • 10 September

    9/11’s legacy of drone warfare has changed how we view the military

    Vicky Karyoti, University of Southern Denmark In October 2001, nearly one month after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, a US Air Force pilot made history as the first person to conduct a lethal strike with a modern drone – the Predator. In the months and years following that first strike, the drone – or remotely piloted …

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  • 9 September

    Israel was a leader in the COVID vaccination race – so why are cases spiralling there?

    Michael Head, University of Southampton Israel has been one of the focal points of the pandemic in 2021 owing to its rapid rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. By late February, authorities had administered at least one dose to 50% of the population, with much of Israel’s immunisation programme using Pfizer vaccines. Society then in effect reopened across the summer of 2021. …

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  • 9 September

    Guinea has a long history of coups: here are 5 things to know about the country

    Members of Guinea’s special forces are seen outside the Palace of the People in Conakry, Guinea, Sept. 6, 2021. Photo by Xinhua via Getty Images Susanna Fioratta, Bryn Mawr On September 5, officers of an elite special forces army unit overthrew the 83-year-old Guinean President Alpha Condé in a coup. The nation of 13 million is now under the control …

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  • 8 September

    9/11: the controversial story of the remains of the World Trade Center

    Michael Picard, University of Edinburgh In the months after the 9/11 attack, which killed thousands of people and cost US$40 billion (£29 billion) in damages, the shock at the tower collapse gave way to the monstrous scale of the rescue and clean-up operation in New York. Amid the destruction, an improvised team of volunteers, firefighters, police and detection dogs found …

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  • 7 September

    Afghanistan: the warlords who will decide whether civil war is likely

    Scott Lucas, University of Birmingham Unsurprisingly, the Taliban’s rapid takeover of power across Afghanistan has prompted headlines about a renewed “civil war”. This is misleading, however. “Civil war” implies a situation where an insurgent movement is taking on a ruling government. But in 2001, it was not just the US-backed Northern Alliance that removed the Taliban from Kabul – other …

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  • 7 September

    COVID infections may give more potent immunity than vaccines – but that doesn’t mean you should try to catch it

    Charlotte Thålin, Karolinska Institutet Israel was way ahead of the rest of the world when it came to COVID vaccination, so it’s not surprising that data from this corner of the Mediterranean causes a lot of excitement – it’s a glimpse into the future. Indeed, this happened recently when researchers at Maccabi Healthcare Services in Tel Aviv released a preprint …

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