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Uganda’s schooling system doesn’t politically empower young people

Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Simone Datzberger, UCL More than 20 years ago, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development stated that: The lack of education stops a great majority of Africans from being citizens in their own right. However, in the two following decades, there have been very mixed results on how education enhances political empowerment in …

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Solar panels capture more sunlight with capsaicin – the chemical that makes chili peppers spicy

ViktoriyaFivko/Shutterstock Jon Major, University of Liverpool Here’s some news hot off the press. Researchers have found a secret ingredient for making solar panels that absorb the sun’s energy more efficiently. Depending on what you like to eat, there’s a good chance you can find it at home. Capsaicin, the chemical that gives chili peppers their spicy sting, also improves perovskite …

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Vaccines alone aren’t enough to eradicate a virus – lessons from history

Dryvax, smallpox vaccine with bifurcated needle. James Gathany Content Providers/CDC Public Health Image Library Caitjan Gainty, King’s College London and Agnes Arnold-Forster, University of Bristol Smallpox killed countless millions – 300 million people in the 20th century alone – before it was finally declared eradicated on May 8 1980. It was a momentous day, marking what the current director general …

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“تويتر” و”فايسبوك”.. فائض القوة يُسكت ترامب تحسباً!

فجرت هجمة أنصار الرئيس الاميركي دونالد ترامب، على مبنى الكابيتول في 6 كانون الثاني/ يناير، جدلاً واسعاً حول هوامش حرية التعبير، ومدى الرقابة والمنع اللذين يمكن أن تمارسهما إدارات وسائل التواصل الإجتماعي ومنصاتها الأشهر وضع قرار “تويتر” و”فايسبوك” وملحقاته بإغلاق حسابات ترامب، تحت مسوغ التحريض على العنف، هاتين المنصتين أمام مساءلة، لا إعتراضاً على إغلاق الحسابات، وهو أمر مرحب به …

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Four tips for learning language through film and TV

The Cast of Dix pour cent. Christophe Brachet/Netflix Neophytos Mitsigkas, University of Essex Films and TV shows can be great tools to help you become a more competent speaker of another language. By captivating your attention and arousing your curiosity, these formats can instil a positive attitude towards learning. They can also help you be a more active participant and …

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What is a protein? A biologist explains

Just 20 amino acids for chains in various combinations to create the thousands of varieties of proteins in our body. David Goodsell/ProteinDatabase, CC BY-SA Nathan Ahlgren, Clark University Editor’s note: Nathan Ahlgren is an assistant professor of biology at Clark University. In this interview, he explains exactly what proteins are, how they are made, and the wide variety of functions …

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They’re everywhere: New study finds polyester fibres throughout the Arctic Ocean

Scientists have found widespread evidence of microplastics in the Arctic Ocean. This could further stress the fragile Arctic ecosystem and the food it provides to people living there. (Shutterstock) Peter S. Ross, University of British Columbia The Arctic has long proven to be a barometer of the health of our planet. This remote part of the world faces unprecedented environmental …

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Onions, embroidery and other historical lessons could help you sleep

John Collier / Wikimedia Commons Sasha Handley, University of Manchester Most developed societies in the West are currently plagued by endemic sleep loss, falling well short of the eight hours recommended by the World Health Organisation. In particular, many children and young people are currently suffering from sleeping problems. A recent BBC documentary went so far as to label this …

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How explainable artificial intelligence can help humans innovate

Understanding how artificial intelligence algorithms solve problems like the Rubik’s Cube makes AI more useful. Roland Frisch via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Forest Agostinelli, University of South Carolina The field of artificial intelligence (AI) has created computers that can drive cars, synthesize chemical compounds, fold proteins and detect high-energy particles at a superhuman level. However, these AI algorithms cannot explain …

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Galaxies eject gas when they merge, preventing new stars forming – new research

Elliptical galaxies are filled with extremely old stars. Igor Chekalin/Shutterstock.com Annagrazia Puglisi, Durham University Most stars in the universe today are found in massive galaxies called ellipticals, named for their stretched-out-circle shape. Unlike our own galaxy, which is a spiral with arms extending out from the centre, the edges of elliptical galaxies are smooth. At first glance, these galaxies might …

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