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Severed limbs and wooden feet: how the ancients invented prosthetics

Jane Draycott, University of Glasgow We are living through an incredibly exciting period for prosthetics. A pioneering brain computer interface that will allow veterans to control artificial body parts with their minds was recently announced by researchers in Virginia in the US. Meanwhile, Newcastle University in the UK is developing limbs which “see” objects in front of them and react …

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Who are the private contractors fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan? An inside look at this invisible military force

A contractor walks between trucks returning from Iraq to Camp Arafjan in Kuwait, Dec. 16, 2011. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

Ori Swed, Texas Tech University and Thomas Crosbie, Royal Danish Defence College The debate on privatizing the war in Afghanistan is heating up yet again, with Democratic lawmakers pledging to end so-called “forever wars.” The public is slowly recognizing the war’s hidden costs and global scale. In 2016, 1 in 4 U.S. armed personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan was a …

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Who are the private contractors fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan? An inside look at this invisible military force

A contractor walks between trucks returning from Iraq to Camp Arafjan in Kuwait, Dec. 16, 2011. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

Ori Swed, Texas Tech University and Thomas Crosbie, Royal Danish Defence College The debate on privatizing the war in Afghanistan is heating up yet again, with Democratic lawmakers pledging to end so-called “forever wars.” The public is slowly recognizing the war’s hidden costs and global scale. In 2016, 1 in 4 U.S. armed personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan was a …

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In COVID’s shadow, global terrorism goes quiet. But we have seen this before, and should be wary

Alaa Al-Marjani/AAP

Alaa Al-Marjani/AAP Greg Barton, Deakin University Have we flattened the curve of global terrorism? In our COVID-19-obsessed news cycle stories about terrorism and terrorist attacks have largely disappeared. We now, though, understand a little more about how pandemics work. And ironically, long before the current pandemic, the language of epidemiology proved helpful in understanding by analogy the way in which …

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Afghanistan’s peace process is stalled. Can the Taliban be trusted to hold up their end of the deal?

Afghan security personnel inspect the rubble of Afghanistan’s intelligence services building after a car bomb blast claimed by the Taliban killed at least 11 people, July 13, 2020. AFP via Getty Images

Afghan security personnel inspect the rubble of Afghanistan’s intelligence services building after a car bomb blast claimed by the Taliban killed at least 11 people, July 13, 2020. AFP via Getty Images Sher Jan Ahmadzai, University of Nebraska Omaha Five months after the United States signed an historic accord with the Taliban – the Islamic militant group that sheltered al-Qaida …

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