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What can be done to better support women pursuing their PhDs in Africa

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Women in a lab. anyaivanova/Shutterstock Anne M. Khisa, PhD, African Population and Health Research Center A Doctor of Philosophy – commonly known as a PhD – is the highest level of academic training. It allows the degree holder to teach the chosen subject at university, conduct research or practise in the specialised area. However, in many African countries like Kenya …

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How the coronavirus spreads through the air: 5 essential reads

When a person sneezes, tiny droplets, or aerosols, can linger in the air. Jorg Greuel via Getty Images

When a person sneezes, tiny droplets, or aerosols, can linger in the air. Jorg Greuel via Getty Images Stacy Morford, The Conversation Scientists have been warning for months that the coronavirus could be spread by aerosols – tiny respiratory droplets that people emit when they talk or sneeze and that can linger in the air. The Centers for Disease Control …

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One skill that doesn’t deteriorate with age

Reading and writing can prevent cognitive decline. AJP/Shutterstock.com

Reading and writing can prevent cognitive decline. AJP/Shutterstock.com Roger J. Kreuz, University of Memphis When Toni Morrison died on Aug. 5, the world lost one of its most influential literary voices. But Morrison wasn’t a literary wunderkind. “The Bluest Eye,” Morrison’s first novel, wasn’t published until she was 39. And her last, “God Help the Child,” appeared when she was …

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A language generation program’s ability to write articles, produce code and compose poetry has wowed scientists

GPT-3 is 10 times more complex than its predecessor. antoniokhr/iStock via Getty Images

GPT-3 is 10 times more complex than its predecessor. antoniokhr/iStock via Getty Images Prasenjit Mitra, Pennsylvania State University Seven years ago, my student and I at Penn State built a bot to write a Wikipedia article on Bengali Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s play “Chitra.” First it culled information about “Chitra” from the internet. Then it looked at existing Wikipedia entries …

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Why the Child’s Rights Act still doesn’t apply throughout Nigeria

Where children are concerned, all actions must be in their best interests. shutterstock

Where children are concerned, all actions must be in their best interests. shutterstock Usang Maria Assim, University of the Western Cape Nigeria adopted the Child’s Rights Act in 2003, giving legal consent to both the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. The country’s constitution states …

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How COVID-19 is changing the English language

The coronavirus forced the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary to break with tradition. Illustration by Anurag Papolu/The Conversation; dictionary photo by Spauln via Getty Images and model of COVID-19 by fpm/iStock via Getty Images , CC BY-SA

The coronavirus forced the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary to break with tradition. Illustration by Anurag Papolu/The Conversation; dictionary photo by Spauln via Getty Images and model of COVID-19 by fpm/iStock via Getty Images , CC BY-SA Roger J. Kreuz, University of Memphis In April, the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary did something unusual. For the previous 20 …

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لماذا تقيم الشركات العالمية لموظفيها مبان ضخمة ومكلفة؟

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أوغستين تشافيز و دي.جيه هوباتس باحثان في مجال التصميم الهندسي صدر الصورة،GETTY IMAGES تشيد شركات التكنولوجيا العملاقة مثل “آبل” مقار كبيرة ومُكلفة بشكل هائل. لكن فكرة إقامة مثل هذه المقار، التي تُبنى على طراز الجامعات، ليست جديدة، وإنما تستخدمها الشركات منذ عقود. يتذكر كل من قرأ رواية “ذا سيركل” أو (الدائرة) للكاتب دايف ايغرز تلك اللحظة التي زارت فيها بطلتها …

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كيف نواجه ظاهرة “تسكع” الموظفين على الإنترنت؟

إيميلي لو-كالفيرلي، وراتشيل غريف باحثتان في علم النفس على الإنترنت صدر الصورة،GETTY IMAGES إذا كنت تمارس في عملك بعض الأنشطة على شبكة الإنترنت لا تتعلق بمهام العمل، مثل متابعة مواقع التسوق الإلكتروني، أو تصفح موقع فيسبوك لقراءة تعليقات الآخرين على صورك الحديثة، فأنت متهم بما يعرف بـ “التسكع على الإنترنت” خلال العمل. ويعد ذلك المصطلح، الذي يعني الانخراط في أنشطة …

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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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