Tag Archives: كوربيديا

Doomscrolling COVID news takes an emotional toll – here’s how to make your social media a happier place

insta_photos/Shutterstock Kathryn Buchanan, University of Essex; Gillian Sandstrom, University of Essex; Lara Aknin, Simon Fraser University, and Shaaba Lotun, University of Essex Picture this: it’s April 2020, you’re between Zoom meetings, and scrolling through your social media newsfeed. Headlines like “Death toll continues to rise”, “COVID-19 may cause long-term health implications” and “Health-care systems overwhelmed” flash across your screen. Your …

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Blockade of Port Sudan: what’s behind it and what can end it

Sudanese protesters gather outside the main entrance to the southern port in Port Sudan. Ibrahim Ishaq/AFP via Getty Images Abdu Mukhtar Musa, Omdurman Islamic University An ongoing blockade of Sudan’s main port by political protesters is putting a huge strain on the country. The Sudanese government says it’s at the point of running out of essential medicines, fuel, and wheat. …

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COVID: new antibody treatment could offer up to 18 months’ protection against severe disease

Antibodies (light blue) binding to the spike proteins (dark purple) on the outside of the coronavirus. Design_Cells/Shutterstock Rebecca Aicheler, Cardiff Metropolitan University A new treatment could soon help protect people from developing severe COVID. AstraZeneca has just released results from a phase 3 clinical trial – the final stage of testing before a drug is authorised – that suggest its …

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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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Facebook has known for a year and a half that Instagram is bad for teens despite claiming otherwise – here are the harms researchers have been documenting for years

Instagram’s emphasis on filtered photos of bodies harms girls’ self-image. Thomas Barwick/DigitalVision via Getty Images Christia Spears Brown, University of Kentucky Facebook officials had internal research in March 2020 showing that Instagram – the social media platform most used by adolescents – is harmful to teen girls’ body image and well-being but swept those findings under the rug to continue …

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COVID in schools – how ventilation can help to combat spread of virus

Benjamin Jones, University of Nottingham and Chris Iddon, University of Nottingham As the new academic year gets underway, there is understandable concern over how to curb the spread of COVID in schools. Air-quality specialists in Australia have recommended that air purifiers with high-efficiency particulate air (Hepa) filters be installed in all classrooms. The Welsh government, meanwhile, has set aside £6 …

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Partitioning Syria is not the answer – it’s a mistake we’ve made before

It is hard to imagine what a partitioned Syria would look like. Reuters/Omar Sanadiki Anthony Billingsley, UNSW Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently raised, as part of a political solution to Syria’s ongoing violence, the possibility of partition. In doing so, he joined a significant body of opinion – especially among US neoconservatives – that promote the idea. Partitioning has …

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كيف أرشدَتْنا دودة إلى العلوم المفتوحة

على مدى العقدين الماضيين، منذ أن جرى تعيين تسلسل الجينوم البشري لأول مرة، أحدثت تقنيات تعيين التسلسل الجينومي فائقة الإنتاجية تغييرًا جذريًّا في البحوث الطبية الحيوية. وقد كان لروبرت وترسون (الشهير بـ”بوب”) دور شديد الأهمية في الضغط من أجل تبَنِّي نهج يتيح الوصول المفتوح إلى العلوم والأبحاث في مشروع »الجينوم البشري« Human Genome Project ؛ مستفيدًا في ذلك من نجاح …

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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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