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Why US diplomatic muscle could achieve more in Somalia than drone strikes

A military drone replica is displayed in front of the White House during a protest against drone strikes on January 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

A military drone replica is displayed in front of the White House during a protest against drone strikes on January 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images Paul D. Williams, George Washington University The United States has used airstrikes against al-Shabaab forces in Somalia since January 2007, including armed drone strikes from June 2011. From early 2017, …

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“وَشْمٌ” نباتيّ يعمل كجرس إنذار ضد مخاطر غاز الأوزون

Nature (2020) doi:10.1038/d41586-020-02593-x English article Credit: Getty ابتكر العلماء أقطابًا كهربية بحجم ظُفر الإصبع، إذا ما تمَّ تثبيتها (أو “وَشْمُها”) على أوراق الأشجار، تستطيع كشف ما يلحق بها من تلف غير مرئي بفعل تلوث الجو بغاز الأوزون الذي يتخلل ذرات الهواء في كل مكان، ويشكل خطرًا على المحاصيل الزراعية. إنَّ تعرُّض بعض محاصيل الفاكهة، ومنها العنب، لهواءٍ يبلغ تركيز الأوزون فيه …

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New EU migration pact driven by political compromise, not humanitarianism

Asylum seekers carry their belongings, Lesbos, Greece, September 11 2020. Orestis Panagiotou/EPA-EFE

Romit Bhandari, Coventry University The EU has revealed its long-awaited pact on migration and asylum. Brought forward by a week, the timing seems an attempt to pacify the outrage over the devastating fire at the Greek refugee camp Moria that started on September 8. Images of the fires showed an unprecedented – but predictable – human catastrophe. Some 13,000 people …

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تصاعُد الأخطار الناجمة عن ذوبان الكُتل الجليدية في البُحيرات

Nature (2020) doi:10.1038/d41586-020-02560-6 English article Getty مع استمرار ذوبان كُتل الجليد، بفعل ارتفاع درجات الحرارة عالميًّا، تتدفَّق المياه الناتجة إلى البحيرات التي تقع على مقربة منها، وتبتلعُها ابتلاعًا. وتشير أحدث تقديرات العلماء إلى أن حجم المياه التي تحتويها البحيرات الجليدية على سطح الأرض قد زاد بحوالي 50% على مدار العقود الثلاثة الماضية. فقد أقدَمَ دان شوجار -الباحث بجامعة كالجاري في بكندا- …

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It’s time for states that grew rich from oil, gas and coal to figure out what’s next

A surface coal mine in Gillette, Wyoming, photographed in 2008. Greg Goebel/Flickr, CC BY-SA

A surface coal mine in Gillette, Wyoming, photographed in 2008. Greg Goebel/Flickr, CC BY-SA Bradley Handler, Colorado School of Mines; Matt Henry, University of Wyoming, and Morgan Bazilian, Colorado School of Mines These are very challenging times for U.S. fossil fuel-producing states, such as Wyoming, Alaska and North Dakota. The COVID-19 economic downturn has reduced energy demand, with uncertain prospects …

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Bahrain v Israel: how sport could help cement peace accords in the Middle East

Sporting events and initiatives could help strengthen ties between the Gulf states and Israel. EFKS/Shutterstock

Sporting events and initiatives could help strengthen ties between the Gulf states and Israel. EFKS/Shutterstock Hussa Khalid, Loughborough University Back in 2016, I was excited for the Bahrain Women’s National team to compete in the Aphrodite Cup, an international football tournament held in Cyprus. Bahrain’s team, of which I was in charge, had previously participated in an earlier edition of …

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أضواء على الأبحاث الطيور الطنّانة تُحَلِّق عاليًا.. وتستجمُّ ليلًا

Credit: Tui De Roy/NPL من المعلوم عن بعض أنواع الطيور الطنانة أنها تمتصُّ في اليوم الواحد ما يفُوق وزنها رحيقًا، من أجل الحصول على الطاقة اللازمة لتحليقها النشط، الذي يستهلك قدرًا كبيرًا من الطاقة، فضلًا عن تدفئة أجسامها الدقيقة. ورُغم ذلك، فمما يثير الدهشة أنَّ بإمكان تلك الطيور التحليق على ارتفاعات تصل إلى 5000 متر فوق سطح البحر في جبال …

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UN general assembly: why virtual meetings make it hard for diplomats to trust each other

Sorry I can’t be there: German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the UN general assembly virtually. Evan Schneider / UN Photo

Marcus Holmes, College of William & Mary; Mark NK Saunders, University of Birmingham, and Nicholas John Wheeler, University of Birmingham Ashok Mirpuri, Singapore’s ambassador to the US, recently said that achieving trust in diplomacy is “about the cues and nuances” that come from face-to-face interactions. What Mirpuri did not elaborate on, however, is that reading others when you’re in the …

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Electric car sales are on the rise – is coronavirus a turning point for the market?

More people are reaching for an electric car. Shutterstock.com James Carroll, Trinity College Dublin Lockdowns across Europe to curb the coronavirus pandemic drastically changed how we move around the world. Work-from-home restrictions, furlough schemes and job losses left millions of cars gathering dust in driveways. It is not surprising that the demand for new cars plummeted. In Germany – Europe’s …

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Coronavirus mutations: what we’ve learned so far

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ImageFlow/Shutterstock Lucy van Dorp, UCL In early January, the first genome sequence of Sars-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – was released under the moniker “Wuhan-1”. This string of 30,000 letters (the A, T, C and Gs of the genetic code) marked day one in the race to understand the genetics of this newly discovered coronavirus. Now, a further …

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