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The truth about racial inequalities and COVID-19 – and what should be done to address the long-term impacts

Kuba Shand-Baptiste, The Conversation It didn’t take long for the world to feel the pandemic’s impact on existing inequalities. A year after the arrival of COVID-19, however, and many of those outcomes have proven to be far more wide-reaching and devastating than anticipated, especially where race and ethnicity is concerned. As more research emerged over the course of the past …

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Herd immunity: can the UK get there?

Adam Kleczkowski, University of Strathclyde Now that Britain and the US are crossing the 50% threshold of their populations vaccinated with the first dose, are they reaching herd immunity and can things return to normal soon? Not yet, is the short answer. And focusing on a single number is not helpful. It might encourage behaviour that would lead to another …

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Robots are coming and the fallout will largely harm marginalized communities

Those who are most affected in the labour market by robots are those who tend to already be marginalized. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) Constantine Gidaris, McMaster University COVID-19 has brought about numerous, devastating changes to people’s lives globally. With the number of cases rising across Canada and globally, we are also witnessing the development and use of robots to perform jobs …

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Huge drop in men’s sperm levels confirmed by new study – here are the facts

vchal/Shutterstock Chris Barratt, University of Dundee Sperm count in men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand declined by 50-60% between 1973 and 2011, according to a new study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Surprisingly, the study, which analysed data on the sperm counts of 42,935 men, found no decline in sperm counts in men from Asia, Africa …

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High-filtration masks only work when they fit – so we created a new way to test if they do

US 2015/Shutterstock Eugenia O’Kelly, University of Cambridge During the pandemic, the prevailing thought has been that a high-filtration mask – such as an N95, KN95 or FFP3 – should offer better protection than a surgical or fabric mask. However, recent research I conducted with colleagues at the University of Cambridge suggests this isn’t necessarily the case. For these masks to …

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Dèby’s death threatens security in the Sahel: Nigeria has a key role to play

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari (left) and late Chadian president Idriss Deby during a 2019 summit of Sahel-Saharan States. Brahim Adji/AFP via Getty Images Folahanmi Aina, King’s College London The death of Chad’s President Idriss Dèby has inevitably alarmed foreign and national security policymakers in Nigeria, the West African region and as far as France. The 68-year-old Dèby was killed on …

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Dead Sea Scrolls: two scribes probably wrote one of the manuscripts

Shutterstock/Lerner Vadim Peter Phillips, Durham University Ever since the Dead Sea Scrolls were accidentally discovered over 70 years ago in a cave in the Palestinian territories, they have been a source of fascination. The scrolls are famous for containing the oldest manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible. But exactly who wrote these important documents has been a mystery. Now, thanks to …

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French row over mosque isn’t simply about state financing – it runs deep into Islamophobia and French secularism

The storm over the construction of the grand mosque in Strasbourg has been long brewing. Frederick Florin/AFP via Getty Images Carol Ferrara, Emerson College Among the anti-Muslim slogans discovered sprayed across an Islamic community center in western France on the morning of April 11, 2021, was a reference to a mosque that hasn’t even finished being built yet. “EELV = …

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