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Black and Asian women are more likely to experience stillbirth or die during pregnancy: why and what can be done

wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock Sally Pezaro, Coventry University and Amanda Firth, University of Huddersfield Adverse birth outcomes in England – which include stillborn babies, premature birth, low birth weight and the death of the mother during pregnancy or after birth – are closely linked to inequality. A report on maternal deaths in the UK has found that in comparison to white women, black …

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Bringing people of different faiths together to solve the world’s problems is a noble goal – but it’s hard to know what it achieves

Wall art of Indian Hindu and Muslim hugging each other in religious tolerance and harmony. Reddees/Shutterstock Katherine O’Lone, University of Cambridge and Julian Hargreaves, University of Cambridge An estimated 84% of the global population identifies with a religion. This is over 6.5 billion people. Among thousands of world religions, Christianity is the largest, with 2.3 billion followers. The second, and …

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Overtraining probably isn’t behind your weight loss plateau – here’s why

Some people claim that stress from overtraining is the reason people struggle to lose weight. InesBazdar/ Shutterstock John Hough, Nottingham Trent University When it comes to improving our physical fitness, the time you don’t spend exercising (often known as “recovery”) is as important as the exercise and training you do. Not only is recovery important for anyone who wants to …

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We mapped every large solar plant on the planet using satellites and machine learning

Jenson / shutterstock Lucas Kruitwagen, University of Oxford An astonishing 82% decrease in the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy since 2010 has given the world a fighting chance to build a zero-emissions energy system which might be less costly than the fossil-fuelled system it replaces. The International Energy Agency projects that PV solar generating capacity must grow ten-fold by …

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¿Adiós a los pupitres? Por qué en el colegio los niños deberían estar de pie en lugar de sentados

Shutterstock / Studio Romantic Joaquín Mateu Mollá, Universidad Internacional de Valencia Imaginemos por un momento el aula en la que recibíamos lecciones durante nuestra niñez o adolescencia. En este entrañable viaje mental redescubriremos, seguramente, una sucesión de pupitres alineados en filas, donde cada uno de nosotros tenía su lugar inamovible. Aquellas habitaciones eran espacios más o menos ordenados. Estaban diseñados …

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Dirty secrets: sediment DNA reveals a 300,000-year timeline of ancient and modern humans living in Siberia

Collection of sediment DNA samples in the Main Chamber of Denisova Cave. Bert Roberts, Author provided Elena Zavala, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology; Matthias Meyer, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology; Richard ‘Bert’ Roberts, University of Wollongong, and Zenobia Jacobs, University of Wollongong In the foothills of the Altai Mountains in southern Siberia lies Denisova Cave. It is the …

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Why researchers are turning to music as a possible treatment for stroke, brain injuries and even Parkinson’s

Music has a powerful effect on the brain. meboonstudio/ Shutterstock Rebecca Atkinson, University of Brighton You probably don’t realise it when you’re listening to your favourite song, but music has an incredibly powerful effect on the human brain. Singing, playing an instrument or listening to music have all been shown to activate numerous areas of the brain that control speech, …

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Nuevas maneras de entender enfermedades como el alzhéimer y la esclerosis múltiple: glía, más que un “pegamento”

Células gliales de rata. Wikimedia Commons / ArizonaLifeScience Lucía Hipólito Cubedo, Universitat de València; Javier Cuitavi, Universitat de València, and Paula Andrés Herrera, Universitat de València El sistema nervioso central (SNC) está compuesto por el encéfalo –a menudo mal llamado cerebro– y la médula espinal. Su objetivo es procesar la información que recibimos de nuestros sentidos y, con ella, responder …

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Novavax COVID vaccine is nearing approval – but what impact will it have?

oasisamuel/Shutterstock Michael Head, University of Southampton The pandemic has been rumbling on for two years and is probably going to rumble on for years to come. And despite recent excitement about new drugs to treat COVID, it’s still vaccines that will underpin each country’s route out of the pandemic. Immunisation has proven a highly effective way of stopping people from …

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