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Do the northern lights make sounds that you can hear?

John A Davis/Shutterstock Fiona Amery, University of Cambridge It’s a question that has puzzled observers for centuries: do the fantastic green and crimson light displays of the aurora borealis produce any discernible sound? Conjured by the interaction of solar particles with gas molecules in Earth’s atmosphere, the aurora generally occurs near Earth’s poles, where the magnetic field is strongest. Reports …

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Endometriosis: gene identified which could be potential treatment target – new study

Endometriosis can be an extremely painful condition. Jelena Stanojkovic/ Shutterstock Krina Zondervan, University of Oxford and Thomas Tapmeier, Monash University Up to 10% of women experience endometriosis worldwide. The condition is chronic, extremely painful, and can result in infertility. Endometriosis happens when tissue similar to the lining of the womb (the endometrium) grows outside of the womb, in the abdominal …

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The ‘new’ Taliban regime in Afghanistan: different methods but the same political goal

Niels Terpstra, Utrecht University In the press conferences that have followed the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, the group has projected a changed image. Its spokesmen have attempted to distance this Taliban from the legacy of brutal force and violent oppression of women and ethnic minorities that characterised their 1990s regime, instead emphasising their concern for the safety and security of …

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We created holograms you can touch – you could soon shake a virtual colleague’s hand

Holograms with a sense of touch are being created at Glasgow University. Design_cells/Shutterstock Ravinder Dahiya, University of Glasgow The TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation introduced millions of people to the idea of a holodeck: an immersive, realistic 3D holographic projection of a complete environment that you could interact with and even touch. In the 21st century, holograms are …

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Q+A: COVID vaccine boosters – who will receive them and why are they being given?

ShotPrime Studio/Shutterstock Sarah Pitt, University of Brighton After consulting its vaccine advisers, the UK government is launching its much-discussed COVID-19 vaccine booster programme. From the week beginning September 20 2021, a third dose will be offered to all people who were prioritised in the first wave of the UK’s vaccine rollout. This includes all residents and staff of care homes, …

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China’s new rules allow kids on video games just 3 hours a week – but gaming addiction isn’t about time, it’s about attitude

Joanne Orlando, Western Sydney University People in China under the age of 18 will only be allowed to play video games between 8pm and 9pm on Fridays, weekends and on public holidays, under new rules introduced this week. China’s state media service says the rules aim to curb gaming addiction. China has a history of making dramatic moves aimed at …

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Por qué leer a los clásicos nos hace más inteligentes

Jorisvo / Shutterstock Lola Josa, Universitat de Barcelona Cuanto existe es posible por haber sido nombrado. Alonso Quijano lo sabía. Miguel de Cervantes nos describe al personaje pensativo, cavilando con detenimiento con qué palabras nombrar la realidad que le acompañará una vez convertido en don Quijote de la Mancha. Tras ese nuevo génesis, podrá aventurarse a ser un caballero andante …

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China is on course to build the best cars in the world

Tom Stacey, Anglia Ruskin University Europeans and other western nations have dominated automotive excellence for over a century. Whether it is the satisfying thud of the door closing on a Volkswagen from Wolfsburg, or the beauty of a Ferrari from Modena, these brands are iconic – and very lucrative for their manufacturers. When we think of reliability, the Germans, and …

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Dante, siete siglos de literatura popular

Beatrice dirigiéndose a Dante. William Blake / Tate Gallery, CC BY-NC-ND Juan Varela-Portas de Orduña, Universidad Complutense de Madrid Las dos preguntas más frecuentes que en este séptimo centenario nos están haciendo a quienes estudiamos a Dante son por qué se lee a Dante y por qué leer a Dante. Las dos parten de la idea, sin duda correcta, de …

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